1367.5 - Western Australian Statistical Indicators, Dec 2009  
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  • The preliminary estimated resident population for Western Australia was 2.237 million as at 30 June 2009, an increase of 0.6% from March 2009 and 3% from the previous year.
  • For the 12 months ending 30 June 2009, Western Australia recorded the largest percentage gain (3%), ahead of Queensland (2.6%), Northern Territory (2.3%) and Victoria (2.1%). Nationally the population grew 2.1% to 21.9 million persons.

1 June Key Figures

Population at end Jun qtr 2009
Change over previous year
Change over previous year

Western Australia
2 236.9
21 874.9

Source: Australian Demographic Statistics (cat. no. 3101.0).

  • In the quarter ending 30 June 2009, an estimated 12,600 people were added to the Western Australian population through net overseas migration (7,400), natural increase (4,800) and net interstate migration (400).
  • While still the largest component of population growth, net overseas migration dropped sharply from its peak of 14,000 in the previous quarter. Historically, this population component has been very volatile with the June quarter generally recording lower figures than other periods in the year
  • In the year to June 2009, the principal component of population growth was net overseas migration, followed by natural increase. Net interstate migration formed a relatively small component of the growth.

    The link below takes you to data on Population Change and Components (Table 2) and Estimated Resident Population (Table 4) on the Downloads page of Australian Demographic Statistics, June 2009 (cat. no 3101.0).

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