In This Issue
This issue contains estimates of the resident population by age (in five-year age groups up to 85 and over) and sex for 30 June 2001 to 30 June 2018. Estimates are provided for Statistical Areas Levels 2 to 4 (SA2s - SA4s), Greater Capital City Statistical Areas (GCCSAs), and states and territories of Australia, according to the 2016 edition of the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS). Estimates are also provided for Local Government Areas (LGAs) based on 2018 boundaries.
The summary commentary in this issue focuses on the age and sex distribution of populations at the SA2 level and above as at 30 June 2018, as well as changes to these distributions over five years (2013 - 2018). All ASGS-based and LGA estimates are available from the Downloads tab.
The total population of the Other Territories, namely Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Jervis Bay and Norfolk Island, is included in all references to the total population of Australia. However, the Other Territories are excluded from commentary about the states and territories of Australia.
ERP status and future releases
The estimates in this issue are final for 2001 to 2016, revised for 2017, and preliminary for 2018.
Preliminary total population estimates for SA2s and LGAs as at June 2019 are scheduled for release on 25 March 2020 in Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2018-19 (cat. no. 3218.0).
Accuracy of population estimates
It is important to recognise that the sub-state/territory population estimates in this product are produced using Census data and administrative by-product data, and are subject to some error. A degree of caution should be exercised when using the estimates, especially for areas with very small populations.
All statistics included in the commentary for this publication are rounded. While unrounded figures are provided in spreadsheets, accuracy to the last digit should not be assumed. For more information see paragraphs 17 to 18 of the Explanatory Notes.
Changes in this issue
A new method was introduced to estimate total sub-state population change out from the 2016 Census base, using births, deaths, and internal and overseas migration (see Feature Article: New Methodology Used to Prepare Sub-state Population Estimates). Age-sex breakdowns of these total population estimates (including those in this issue), are also now prepared using annual registered births and deaths data, regional internal migration estimates (RIME) and regional overseas migration estimates (ROME). The new series of RIME and ROME for selected age groups and geographic regions are again available from the Downloads tab of this product.