3101.0 - Australian Demographic Statistics, Mar 2016 Quality Declaration 
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MARCH KEY FIGURES

Population at end Mar qtr 2016
Change over previous year
Change over previous year
PRELIMINARY DATA
'000
'000
%

New South Wales
7 704.3
103.2
1.4
Victoria
6 039.1
114.9
1.9
Queensland
4 827.0
61.8
1.3
South Australia
1 706.5
9.7
0.6
Western Australia
2 613.7
29.8
1.2
Tasmania
518.5
2.2
0.4
Northern Territory
244.0
1.0
0.4
Australian Capital Territory
395.2
5.0
1.3
Australia(a)
24 051.4
327.6
1.4

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

Population growth, Quarterly
Graph: Population growth, Quarterly

Population Growth Rate, Year ended 31 March 2016
Graph: Population Growth Rate, Year ended 31 March 2016




MARCH KEY POINTS


ESTIMATED RESIDENT POPULATION
  • The preliminary estimated resident population (ERP) of Australia at 31 March 2016 was 24,051,400 people. This is an increase of 327,600 people since 31 March 2015, and 107,500 people since 31 December 2015.
  • The preliminary estimate of natural increase for the year ended 31 March 2016 (146,800 people) was 4.9%, or 7,500 people lower than the natural increase recorded for the year ended 31 March 2015 (154,300 people).
  • The preliminary estimate of net overseas migration (NOM) for the year ended 31 March 2016 (180,800 people) was 2.0%, or 3,600 people higher than the net overseas migration recorded for the year ended 31 March 2015 (177,200 people).


POPULATION GROWTH RATES
  • Australia's population grew by 1.4% during the year ended 31 March 2016.
  • Natural increase and NOM contributed 44.8% and 55.2% respectively to total population growth for the year ended 31 March 2016.
  • All states and territories recorded positive population growth in the year ended 31 March 2016.
  • Victoria recorded the highest growth rate of all states and territories at 1.9%. The Northern Territory recorded the lowest growth rate at 0.4%.