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1384.6 - Statistics - Tasmania, 2006  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 17/03/2005   
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Population statistics are measures of the size, change, composition and distribution of the population as well as the components that shape population change. Although population statistics are not in themselves indicators of well-being, they underpin the discussion of a wide range of issues relating to the population, including migration, immigration, multiculturalism, ageing and population sustainability.

The changing size and distribution of Tasmania's population have implications for service provision and delivery in areas such as health, education, housing and the labour market. Population trends underlie many social changes and assist in the planning of social and economic policy.

Further information regarding ABS population statistics can be found at the Demography Theme page.


POPULATION SUMMARY, Tasmania - As at 30 June

Units
2001
2002
2003p

Size - estimated resident population (ERP)
Males
no.
232,470
232,947
235,271
Females
no.
239,325
239,665
241,806
Persons
no.
471,795
472,612
477,077

Components of change(a)
Natural increase(b)
no.
2,047
2,022
1,915
Net overseas migration(c)
no.
101
307
655
Net interstate migration
no.
-2,136
-1,512
1,895
Total change
no.
386
817
4,465
Growth rate
%
0.1
0.2
0.9

Composition
Indigenous population(d)
'000
17.4
nya
nya
Population aged 0-14
no.
99,081
97,717
97,322
Population aged 15-64
no.
307,829
308,825
312,241
Population aged 65 and over
no.
64,885
66,070
67,513
Population aged 80 and over
no.
15,970
16,641
17,427
Median age of total population(e)
years
37.5
37.9
38.1
Sex ratio of population 0-64(f)
ratio
100.4
100.4
100.5
Sex ratio of population aged 65 and over(f)
ratio
79.0
79.4
80.0

Selected characteristics
Births(g)
no.
5,874
5,871
5,801
Deaths(g)
no.
3,827
3,849
3,886
Fertility rate(h)
rate
1.9
1.9
1.9
Standardised death rate(i)
rate
7.6
7.4
7.3
Infant mortality rate(j)
rate
7.3
5.1
4.8
Marriages(g)
no.
2,182
2,605
nya
Divorces(g)
no.
1,441
nya
nya
Crude marriage rate(k)
rate
4.6
5.5
nya
Crude divorce rate(k)
rate
3.0
nya
nya

p figures are preliminary and subject to revision
nya figures not yet available
(a) Change from previous year.
(b) The difference between births and deaths figures based on year of occurrence.
(c) Sum of the net permanent and long-term movement plus an adjustment for the effects of category jumping.
(d) Experimental estimated resident Indigenous population.
(e) The age at which half the population is older and half is younger.
(f) The number of males per 100 females in a given population.
(g) Figures based on year of registration of usual residence and may differ from data based on year of occurrence.
(h) The number of children a woman would bear during her lifetime if she experienced current age-specific fertility rates at each age of her reproductive life.
(i) Allows a comparison of death rates between populations with different age structures by relating them to a standard population (in this instance all persons in the 1991 Australian population). It is the overall death rate that would have prevailed in the standard population if it had experienced at each age the death rates of the population under study.
(j) The number of deaths of children aged less than one year in a financial year per 1,000 live births in the same year.
(k) Number per 1,000 of the estimated resident population as at 30 June.

Source: Australian Demographic Statistics (cat. no. 3101.0); Population by Age and Sex (cat. no. 3201.0); and Population Distribution, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, 2001 (cat. no. 4705.0).



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