4914.0.55.001 - Newsletter: Age Matters, Dec 2003  
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AUSTRALIA'S POPULATION OFFICIALLY REACHED 20 MILLION

Australia's official population reached 20 million on 4 December, 2003. The Australian Statistician, Dennis Trewin, said the population milestone would form part of Australia's demographic history. The official estimate of December 4 takes into account all the information that is available from births, deaths, overseas arrivals and departures and the 2001 Population Census. It is not feasible to determine who exactly the 20 millionth Australian would be because of the variable nature of population increases. However, it could be a person born around that time, a person who arrives as a permanent settler in Australia, or perhaps an Australian citizen returning home after living overseas for more than 12 months.