3101.0 - Australian Demographic Statistics, Mar 2018 Quality Declaration 
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MARCH KEY FIGURES

Population at end Mar qtr 2018
Change over previous year
Change over previous year
PRELIMINARY DATA
'000
'000
%

New South Wales
7 955.9
113.1
1.4
Victoria
6 430.0
137.4
2.2
Queensland
4 990.7
83.3
1.7
South Australia
1 733.5
11.6
0.7
Western Australia
2 591.9
21.2
0.8
Tasmania
526.7
5.3
1.0
Northern Territory
246.7
0.3
0.1
Australian Capital Territory
419.2
8.5
2.1
Australia(a)
24 899.1
380.7
1.6

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


MARCH KEY POINTS


ESTIMATED RESIDENT POPULATION
  • The preliminary estimated resident population (ERP) of Australia at 31 March 2018 was 24,899,100 people. This is an increase of 380,700 people since 31 March 2017, and 125,100 people since 31 December 2017.
  • The preliminary estimate of natural increase for the year ended 31 March 2018 (143,900 people) was 4.3%, or 6,500 people lower than the natural increase recorded for the year ended 31 March 2017 (150,400 people).
  • The preliminary estimate of net overseas migration (NOM) for the year ended 31 March 2018 (236,800 people) was 8.8%, or 22,800 people lower than the net overseas migration recorded for the year ended 31 March 2017 (259,600 people).

Graph Image for Population growth, Quarterly

Source(s): Australian Demographic Statistics, March quarter 2018



POPULATION GROWTH RATES
  • Australia's population grew by 1.6% during the year ended 31 March 2018.
  • Natural increase and NOM contributed 37.8% and 62.2% respectively to total population growth for the year ended 31 March 2018.
  • All states and territories recorded positive population growth in the year ended 31 March 2018.
  • Victoria recorded the highest growth rate of all states and territories at 2.2%. The Northern Territory recorded the lowest growth rate at 0.1%.

Graph Image for Population growth rate, Year ended 31 March 2018

Source(s): Australian Demographic Statistics, March quarter 2018