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This publication contains estimates of the resident population of Local Government Areas (LGAs), Statistical Divisions (SDs), Statistical Districts and states and territories of Australia as at 30 June 1996, 2001 and 2006, according to the 2006 edition of the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC). For the Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory, estimates for Statistical Subdivisions (SSDs) are also included. Average annual growth rates for these areas are also provided. The total population of the Other Territories, namely Jervis Bay Territory, Territory of Christmas Island, Territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Off-Shore Areas and Migratory is included in all references to the total population of Australia. However, the Other Territories are excluded from commentary about the states and territories of Australia.
The estimates in this publication are preliminary for 2006 (denoted 2006p), based on results of the 2006 Census of Population and Housing, and final for 2001 and 1996. For further information on the accuracy of estimates see paragraphs 12 to 16 of the Explanatory Notes. The final 2006 Census-based SLA and LGA estimates for June 2002 through to June 2006 are intended to be released in August 2008, in Population Growth and Distribution, Australia (cat. no. 2035.0). Preliminary population estimates for 30 June 2006 by sex and five-year age groups are in Population by Age and Sex, Australia, 2006 (cat. no. 3235.0).
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The Excel spreadsheets and SuperTABLE data cube that accompany the initial release of this product, which can be found on the Details tab of this publication, i.e. Regional Population Growth, Australia (cat. no. 3218.0) on the ABS website <www.abs.gov.au>, include estimates as at 30 June 1996, 2001 and 2006. Spreadsheets and data cubes containing estimates for all years from 1996 to 2006 will be added to the Details tab on the website on 1 October 2007. Those estimates will be preliminary for 2002 to 2006, based on results of the 2006 Census of Population and Housing, and final for 1996 to 2001.
In commentary based on statistics in this publication, it is recommended that the relevant statistics be rounded. Small area population estimates are compiled using 2006 census data and mathematical modelling and are subject to error. While unrounded figures are provided in tables, accuracy to the last digit is not claimed and should not be assumed. No reliance should be placed on statistics with small values.