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3101.0 - Australian Demographic Statistics, Mar 2004  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 16/09/2004   
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MEDIA RELEASE

September 16, 2004
Embargoed: 11:30 AM (AEST)
144/2004
NT population growth continues: ABS

The Northern Territory's population increased by over 300 people (0.2%) in the three months ending 31 March 2004, according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today.

This is the fourth consecutive quarter of population growth for the Territory.

During the 12 months ending 31 March 2004, the Northern Territory population increased by over 1,400 people. This represents an annual growth rate of 0.7%, which was greater than that of the Australian Capital Territory (0.2%) and South Australia (0.6%), and equal to that of New South Wales (0.7%).

During the 12 months ending 31 March 2004, natural increase (the excess of births over deaths) added 2,900 people to the Northern Territory population, while net overseas migration contributed a further 800 people.

However, consistent with previous years these gains were mitigated by losses due to net interstate migration, with 2,300 more people leaving the Northern Territory for interstate than arriving in the Territory.

Today's release contains the latest available data on natural increase, net interstate migration and net overseas migration and their contribution to the population size and growth of the Australian states and territories.

Over the year to 31 March 2004, Australia's population grew by 234,800 people (up 1.2%).

More details are in Australian Demographic Statistics, March quarter 2004 (cat. no. 3101.0).

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