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1318.3 - Qld Stats, Mar 2008  
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Population Change, Queensland
Regional Population Growth


POPULATION CHANGE, QUEENSLAND

The preliminary estimated resident population (ERP) for Queensland was 4,182,100 at 30 June 2007, an increase of 90,500 (2.2%) since 30 June 2006. Queensland accounted for 20% of the Australian population at 30 June 2007.

Between the March 2007 quarter and the June 2007 quarter, 25% (5,100 persons) of the total population increase of 20,000 persons was due to net natural increase (excess of births over deaths), 42% (8,400 persons) was attributable to net overseas migration and 33% (6,600 persons) to net interstate migration.

Population change from previous quarter - June 2007 quarter
Graph: Population change from previous quarter—June 2007 quarter


Further information about Queensland's population can be accessed from Australian Demographic Statistics (cat. no. 3101.0) or ring the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070. This publication is released quarterly.

REGIONAL POPULATION GROWTH

At 30 June 2006, the Queensland population was estimated to be 4,091,500 persons. The south east corner comprising Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and West Moreton Statistical Divisions accounted for two-thirds (66%) of the state's population.

Regional Population(a), By Statistical Division - At 30 June - 2001 and 2006

2001
2006
'000
'000

Statistical division
Brisbane
1 629.1
1 820.4
Gold Coast
432.6
518.1
Sunshine Coast
247.2
295.1
West Moreton
65.7
72.7
Wide Bay-Burnett
236.5
269.3
Darling Downs
210.4
227.1
South West
27.0
26.4
Fitzroy
181.7
200.6
Central West
12.5
11.6
Mackay
137.5
159.9
Northern
190.3
209.6
Far North
224.2
247.6
North West
34.3
33.2
Queensland
3 628.9
4 091.5

(a) Estimates of the resident population as at 30 June 2001 are final. Data for 2006 are preliminary.
Source: Regional Population Growth, Australia (cat. no. 3218.0).


The fastest growing statistical divisions over the five years between 30 June 2001 and 30 June 2006 were Gold Coast with an average annual growth rate of 3.7%, Sunshine Coast (3.6%) and Mackay (3.1%). Three statistical divisions recorded negative average annual growth during the same period: South West (-0.4%), North West (-0.6%) and Central West (-1.5%).

Regional Population, Average annual growth rate - At 30 June - 2001 to 2006
Graph: Regional Population, Average annual growth rate—At 30 June—2001 to 2006


Note: On 24 July 2007, the ABS released preliminary rebased estimates of regional population for June 2006, based on the results of the 2006 Census of Population and Housing. On 1 October 2007, additional data was released with this product. At that time, spreadsheets and a data cube containing estimates for all years from June 1996 to June 2006 became available.

For more information on Queensland's regional population distribution, please refer to Regional Population Growth, Australia (cat. no. 3218.0) or ring the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070. This publication is released annually.

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