ABOUT THIS PRODUCT
This product contains estimates of the resident populations of areas of Australia as at 30 June in each year from 2001 to 2008. The areas for which estimates are provided are Local Government Areas (LGAs), Statistical Local Areas (SLAs), Statistical Divisions (SDs), Statistical Subdivisions (SSDs), Statistical Districts and states and territories of Australia, according to the 2008 edition of the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC).
Although the majority of the text in this product focuses on changes at the LGA level, selected SLAs are referred to in some of the text and tables, particularly where Local Government Areas cover multiple SLAs, such as Brisbane (C) and Darwin (C), and in unincorporated areas within the Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory. Estimates of the resident population of all LGAs and SLAs in Australia are available in spreadsheets accompanying this release.
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.
ERP STATUS AND FUTURE RELEASES
The estimates in this product are final for 2001 to 2006 and revised for 2007 (denoted 2007r) to align with new June 2007 state and territory totals which were released in the September 2008 issue of Australian Demographic Statistics (cat. no. 3101.0). Estimates for 2008 are preliminary (and denoted 2008p). Preliminary population estimates for SLAs and LGAs as at June 2008 by sex and five-year age groups will be released on 11 August 2009 in Population by Age and Sex, Regions of Australia, 2008 (cat. no. 3235.0).
ACCURACY OF POPULATION ESTIMATES
It is important to recognise that sub-state/territory population estimates in this product are produced using 2006 census data and mathematical models and are subject to error. Caution should be exercised when using the estimates, especially for areas with very small populations. For more information see paragraphs 12 to 16 of the Explanatory Notes.
In commentary based on statistics in this publication, it is recommended that the relevant statistics be rounded. While unrounded figures are provided in spreadsheets in order to facilitate calculations of sums and percentages, accuracy to the last digit is not claimed and should not be assumed. No reliance should be placed on statistics with small values.
CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE
This product will no longer have a 'Population Change, States and Territories' section. Instead, each state/territory commentary will be under its own state/territory heading, and each Local Government Area table will now be included below each commentary.
For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Andrew Howe on Adelaide (08) 8237 7370.