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3412.0 - Migration, Australia, 2009-10 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 16/06/2011   
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NOM AND AUSTRALIA'S OFFICIAL POPULATION GROWTH

As mentioned earlier, Australia's official estimated resident population (ERP) now uses the '12/16 month rule' for calculating NOM and this methodology was not used in Australia's official population counts until September quarter 2006. Data based on this methodology is available back to December quarter 2003.

Between 2004-05 to 2008-09, total NOM increased by 110%, from 142,500 persons in 2004-05 to 299,900 persons in 2008-09. In 2008-09, NOM contributed 66% to Australia's population growth, up from 62% in 2006-07 - the year when the '12/16 month rule' method was introduced into official ERP.

Temporary NOM (the net contribution of persons travelling on temporary visas) was the main reason for the increase in Australia's population growth. When 2004-05 and 2008-09 were compared temporary NOM increased 131%, from 82,000 persons in 2004-05 to 189,200 persons in 2008-09. In 2008-09, temporary NOM contributed 42% of Australia's population growth, up from 38% in 2006-07 - the year when the '12/16 month rule' method was introduced into official ERP.




1 APH 2010, Overseas students: immigration policy changes 1997–May 2010, p various. <back
2 APH 2010, Overseas students: immigration policy changes 1997–May 2010, p 13. <back

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