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Contents >> Summary of findings >> Births as a component of population change

BIRTHS AS A COMPONENT OF POPULATION CHANGE

Births are an important component of population change. In 2009, there were roughly twice as many births as deaths. Although the number of births per woman is low, there are enough women currently in childbearing ages to retain a relatively high total number of births. Conversely, there are relatively few people at older ages, resulting in a relatively low number of deaths per year. As the population ages, the difference between numbers of births and deaths will decrease. Based on Series B of the most recent ABS population projections (Population Projections, Australia, 2006 to 2101, cat. no. 3222.0), the number of births is projected to remain higher than the number of deaths throughout the projection period.

2.17 Actual and projected births and deaths - Year ended 30 June, 1976 to 2056
Graph: 2.17 Actual and projected births and deaths—Year ended 30 June, 1976 to 2056

2.18 Components of population change(a), Australia - 2004 to 2009

Births(b)
Deaths(b)
Natural increase
Net overseas migration
Population at end of period
Population increase(c)
'000
'000
'000
'000
'000
'000
%

2004
248.6
132.4
116.2
106.4
20 252.1
240.3
1.2
2005
263.4
131.4
132.0
137.0
20 544.1
291.9
1.4
2006
268.5
134.5
134.0
182.2
20 873.7
329.6
1.6
2007
r285.3
r139.8
r145.5
r244.1
r21 263.3
r389.6
r1.9
2008
r294.1
r142.5
r151.6
r315.7
r21 730.6
r467.3
r2.2
2009
p297.9
p140.7
p157.2
p277.7
p22 165.5
p434.9
p2.0

p preliminary figure or series subject to revision
r revised
(a) Calendar year.
(b) For 2008 and earlier years, births and deaths in this table are based on year of occurrence, for population estimation purposes. For 2009, a combination of data based on quarter of occurrence (for the March and June quarters) and quarter of registration (for the September and December quarters) is used. Numbers of births in this table will therefore differ from data elsewhere in this publication.
(c) Population increase will not necessarily equal the sum of natural increase and net overseas migration due to intercensal discrepancy. See Glossary for more information.
Source: Australian Demographic Statistics (cat. no. 3101.0)






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