3101.0 - Australian Demographic Statistics, Dec 2015 Quality Declaration 
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DECEMBER KEY FIGURES

Population at end Dec qtr 2015
Change over previous year
Change over previous year
PRELIMINARY DATA
'000
'000
%

New South Wales
7 670.7
106.1
1.4
Victoria
5 996.4
109.8
1.9
Queensland
4 808.8
59.7
1.3
South Australia
1 702.8
11.2
0.7
Western Australia
2 603.9
31.0
1.2
Tasmania
517.4
2.1
0.4
Northern Territory
244.0
0.8
0.3
Australian Capital Territory
393.0
5.3
1.4
Australia(a)
23 940.3
326.1
1.4

(a) Includes Other Territories comprising Jervis Bay Territory, Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

Population growth, Quarterly
Graph: Population growth, Quarterly

Population Growth Rate, Year ended 31 December 2015
Graph: Population Growth Rate, Year ended 31 December 2015




DECEMBER KEY POINTS


ESTIMATED RESIDENT POPULATION
  • The preliminary estimated resident population (ERP) of Australia at 31 December 2015 was 23,940,300 people. This reflects an increase of 326,100 people since 31 December 2014, and 71,300 people since 30 September 2015.
  • The preliminary estimate of natural increase recorded for the year ended 31 December 2015 (148,900 people) was 1.0%, or 1,600 people lower than the natural increase recorded for the year ended 31 December 2014 (150,500 people).
  • The preliminary estimate of net overseas migration (NOM) recorded for the year ended 31 December 2015 (177,100 people) was 0.5%, or 900 people lower than the net overseas migration recorded for the year ended 31 December 2014 (178,000 people).


POPULATION GROWTH RATES
  • Australia's population grew by 1.4% during the year ended 31 December 2015.
  • Natural increase and NOM contributed 45.7% and 54.3% respectively to total population growth for the year ended 31 December 2015.
  • All states and territories recorded positive population growth in the year ended 31 December 2015.
  • Victoria recorded the highest growth rate of all states and territories at 1.9%. The Northern Territory recorded the lowest growth rate at 0.3%.