3106.0 - Demography News, May 2009  
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Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2007-08 (cat. no. 3218.0) was released on 23 April 2009. This product contains estimates of the resident population by Local Government Areas (LGAs), Statistical Local Areas (SLAs), Statistical Divisions (SDs), Statistical Subdivisions (SSDs) and Statistical Districts as at 30 June 2001 to 2008. Estimates are final for 2001 to 2006, revised for 2007 as updated in Australian Demographic Statistics, Australia, Sep 2008 (cat. no. 3101.0) and preliminary for 2008. Estimates for other geographic areas, such as postal areas, are available on request by contacting the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.

Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2007-08 (cat. no. 3218.0) also contains commentary providing an overview of regional trends in Australia's population growth. Topics include high growth regions such as capital cities, outer suburbs and coastal areas, population decline, population change by remoteness areas, population density and Australia's centre of population. Further state/territory specific issues are also discussed in separate commentaries which include maps illustrating growth and decline in SLA populations.

In each state and territory, population growth generally continued to be most prominent in inner city areas, outer suburbs, some urban infill areas and along the coast, while populations declined in some inland, rural areas, especially those that have been affected by drought in the last few years.

The capital city recording the largest population growth for 2007-08 was Melbourne SD increasing by 74,600 people followed by Sydney SD (55,000), Brisbane SD and Perth SD (both up by 43,400).

Preliminary population estimates for June 2008 by sex and five year age-groups will be released on 11 August 2009 in Population by Age and Sex, Regions of Australia, 2008 (cat. no. 3235.0).