4914.0.55.001 - Newsletter: Age Matters, Nov 2005  
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Australia's population increased to 20.3 million in March 2005.

In the year ended March 2005, Australia's population increased by 230,300 people, representing an annual growth rate of 1.1%. This increase is consistent with levels recorded in recent years.

The sex ratio for those aged 95-99 years was 0.32 with 4,613 males to 14,493 females however for those aged 100 years and over this ratio was 0.5 with 1,411 males to 2,872 females.

Natural increase (the excess of births over deaths) in the year ended March 2005 was 120,300 people, and comprised 52% of total population growth over this period. Net overseas migration (110,000 people) contributed the remaining 48%.

All states and territories gained population in the year ended March 2005, with Queensland experiencing the largest increase (76,900 people) and the Australian Capital Territory the smallest (1,200 people).

Western Australia's population passed 2 million people during the March quarter 2005. This milestone was achieved with the population increasing by 9,800 (0.5%) since 31 December 2004. Net overseas migration was the main contributor to WA's growth (57.9%), followed by natural increase and net interstate migration.

For further details, refer to Australian Demographic Statistics, March Quarter 2005 (cat. no. 3101.0) which was released on 22 September 2005