3105.0.65.001 - Australian Historical Population Statistics, 2008  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 05/08/2008   
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Two additional data cubes containing statistics for the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population (data cube 2) and Population Distribution (data cube 3) were added to this issue on 23 September 2008. The estimates for the latest reference periods contained in these data cubes were released in other ABS products on 19 August 2008.


Australian Historical Population Statistics contains a wide range of demographic data in spreadsheet format (Microsoft Excel), going back, where possible, to the beginning of European settlement (1788) of Australia.

The 2008 update of Australian Historical Population Statistics will be released in two stages due to the availablity of new data relevant to this publication shortly after its initial release. The first release, on 5 August 2008, includes statistics on population size and growth, population age-sex structure, births, deaths, migration, country of birth, overseas arrivals and depatures, marriages, divorces and population by marital status. The second release, scheduled for September 2008, will include statistics on population distribution and the Indigenous population.

ABS sees this as an evolving product, with new data sets being added in response to the need and the availability of data in electronic form. Comments on this product would be appreciated. If you wish to make comments or discuss any issues regarding this product, please contact Ellouise Hyams by telephone on (02) 6252 6820 or send an email to demography@abs.gov.au.


Australian Historical Population Statistics has been restructured during the 2008 update and is now based on a different numbering system to that of past releases of this product. Whereas tables were previously presented as a single continuous list, they are now contained within 13 data cubes, each of which contains multiple worksheets on a particular demographic topic.

The 2008 update of Australian Historical Population Statistics contains data cubes on the following topics:

      1. Population size and growth
      2. Indigenous population
      3. Population distribution
      4. Population age-sex structure
      5. Births
      6. Deaths
      7. Life tables
      8. Migration
      9. Country of birth
      10. Overseas arrivals and departures
      11. Marriages
      12. Divorces
      13. Marital status

See Data Cubes (I-Note) for a full listing of tables available in the 2008 update.


This product is updated periodically with the next release envisioned for 2010. More up-to-date information may be available from the source products stated at the bottom of each spreadsheet. A list of related ABS and other products is also available in the Explanatory Notes.

At the time of the 2008 update the latest available data were:
  • Births - 2006
  • Deaths - 2006
  • Migration - 2006-07
  • Overseas arrivals and departures - 2007
  • Marriages - 2006
  • Divorces - 2006
  • Estimated resident population - 2007


The following revisions to estimates published in the 2006 issue have been made:
  • Estimated resident population (ERP), and estimates of its components, have been updated to final for the period September quarter 2001 to June quarter 2006. All rates which use ERP as the denominator have been updated for this period to incorporate final ERP figures.
  • Tables 1.4, 1.7, 1.8 and 1.10 are new tables.
  • Table 2.10 is a new table.
  • Table 3.1: Population data for 2001 onwards are now presented on Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) 2007 boundaries.
  • Tables 4.4, 4.7 and 4.11 are revised.
  • Table 4.18 is a new table.
  • Table 5.5: The 1987 NRR for Qld is revised.
  • Table 6.3: Standardised death rates for males and females added for all years.
  • Tables 7.1 - 7.9: Data for 1993-95 are added. Data for 1995-97 and 1996-98 are revised.
  • Tables 8.2, 8.4, 8.7 and 8.8 are new tables.
  • Table 9.22 is a new table.
  • Table 9.23: Country of birth data are now based on the Standard Australian Classification of Countries (SACC). This replaced the Australian Standard Classification of Countries for Social Statistics (ASCCSS) used in earlier issues of this publication.
  • Tables 12.2 and 12.3: Data for 1981 added for NSW, Victoria, Queenland, SA, WA and Tasmania.


For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.