AUSTRALIA'S POPULATION IS 19.3 MILLION
The preliminary estimated resident population of Australia at December 2000 was 19,277,100 persons, an increase of 225,100 persons since December 1999 and 58,000 persons since September 2000. The national growth rate during the 12 months ended December 2000 was 1.2%, higher than the growth rate for the preceding 12 months (1.1%). Just over half (54%) of this growth rate resulted from the excess of births over deaths with the balance from net overseas migration.
Due to the unavailability of final overseas arrivals and departures data from the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs (DIMA), September and December Quarters 2000 net overseas migration data have been estimated from a sample. Further information is available in Demography Working Paper 2001/1 - Estimating July to December 2000 Net Overseas Migration.