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2011 Census data shows a snapshot of Victoria

21 June 2012 | VIC/43

The changing face of Victoria was revealed today as the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released the first results of the 2011 Census of Population and Housing.

The results show that the new Census resident population of Victoria is 5,354,039, up from 4,932,423 in 2006 – an increase of 8.5 per cent.

The data also shows that the local government area with the biggest growth in Victoria is Wyndham, which now has 161,577 people up from 112,696 in 2006 – a rise of 43.4 per cent. Wyndham is also the local government area in Victoria with the highest proportionate increase.

Housing in the State has also seen some significant changes over the past five years with median household weekly rents up to $277 from $185 in 2006, an increase of 49.7 per cent. This compares to the national average of $285 which was an increase of 49.2 per cent.

Median monthly household mortgage repayments also increased to $1,700 from $1,254 in 2006, an increase of 35.6 per cent. This compares to the national average of $1,800, which increased by 38.5 per cent.

Victorian Census Director, Sam Thomas, said the release of 2011 Census data is a big day for the State.

“This data will help shape the future of Victoria over the next five years,” Mr Thomas said.

“Census data is used to help determine the allocation of GST funding to our State, and to plan vital services and infrastructure for the people of Victoria. This includes things such as hospitals and health services, schools, and public transport.”

Mr Thomas thanked the people of Victoria for participating in the Census and encouraged everyone to make use of Australia’s richest source of statistical information.

“The 2011 Census has been a great success, due largely to the support of people across the country. In return, there is now a wealth of data available freely online, which can be used for a variety of purposes, and provides a great snapshot of your community and your State.

“The ABS has introduced a range of new, easy-to-use tools, including QuickStats, to make searching Census data fast and simple,” Mr Thomas added.

Data from the 2011 Census of Population and Housing is now available on the ABS website. Visit www.abs.gov.au/census.

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