3106.0 - Demography News, Dec 2001  
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The preliminary estimated resident population of Australia at June 2001 was 19,386,700. The population increased by about a quarter of a million persons since June 2000. Because of a lack of international migration data, Net Overseas Migration has been assumed.

For the 12 months ended June 2001 Australia's population growth rate (1.2%) was slightly below the world's population growth rate (1.3%). When compared with selected countries it was the same as New Zealand (1.2%), comparable with Hong Kong (1.3%), higher than Japan and the United Kingdom (each 0.2%) and lower than Singapore (3.6%) and Papua New Guinea (2.5%).

The June Quarter 2001 issue of Australian Demographic Statistics (Cat. no. 3101.0) issued 13 December 2001 shows, together with regular data, a comparison of Australia's population growth with the growth experienced by selected overseas countries.