3101.0 - Australian Demographic Statistics, Sep 2016 Quality Declaration 
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 23/03/2017   
   Page tools: Print Print Page Print all pages in this productPrint All RSS Feed RSS Bookmark and Share Search this Product
MEDIA RELEASE
23 March 2017
Embargoed: 11.30 am (Canberra time)
27/2017

Stronger growth in net overseas migration

Australia is experiencing its fastest growth in Net Overseas Migration (NOM) in four years, according to the latest figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

ABS Demography Director Beidar Cho said that in the year ending 30 September 2016, NOM increased by almost 9 per cent, adding 193,200 people to the Australian population.

"This is in contrast to the declines of NOM of over 10 per cent experienced during 2014 and early 2015," said Ms Cho. "But the current growth of NOM is well short of the record during 2009, when over 300,000 people were added to the population."

Compared with last year, Queensland had the fastest growing NOM, increasing by 19 per cent. New South Wales and Victoria remain popular destinations for migrants, growing by 11 per cent and 13 per cent respectively. Tasmania was the only other state or territory to see an increase of NOM compared to last year, increasing by 9 per cent.

Overall, Australia's population grew by 348,700 people to reach 24.2 million by the end of September 2016.

Net overseas migration added 193,200 people to the population, and accounted for 55 per cent of Australia's total population growth.

Natural increase contributed 155,500 additional people to Australia's population, made up of 315,000 births and 159,500 deaths.

Over the year, net overseas migration was the major contributor to population change in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia, whilst natural increase was the major contributor in all other states and territories.

Further information is available in Australian Demographic Statistics, September Quarter 2016 (cat. no. 3101.0).

For population estimates at the regional level, see Regional Population Growth, Australia (cat. no. 3218.0) and Population by Age and Sex, Regions of Australia (cat. no. 3235.0), available for free download from http://www.abs.gov.au/


Population at end September Qtr 2016
Change over previous year
Change over previous year
PRELIMINARY DATA
'000
'000
%

New South Wales
7 757.8
109.6
1.4
Victoria
6 100.9
127.5
2.1
Queensland
4 860.4
67.7
1.4
South Australia
1 710.8
9.4
0.6
Western Australia
2 623.2
25.2
1.0
Tasmania
519.8
2.6
0.5
Northern Territory
245.7
0.8
0.3
Australian Capital Territory
398.3
5.8
1.5
Australia
24 220.2
348.7
1.5

Media notes:

  • When reporting ABS data, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (or ABS) must be attributed as the source.
  • For media requests and interviews, contact the ABS Communications Section on 1300 175 070 (8.30am - 5pm Mon-Fri).
  • Subscribe to our email notification service and get media releases or products sent to you on release.