3218.0 - Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2018-19 Quality Declaration 
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Key statistics

    • People living in the capitals increased by 303,100 people or 1.8%.
    • Capital city growth accounted for 79% of total population growth.
    • Melbourne (113,500) and Sydney (87,100) had the largest growth.
    • Melbourne (2.3%) and Brisbane (2.1%) had the highest growth rates.

Any reference to population refers to Estimated Resident Population (ERP).
Any reference to capital city refers to Greater Capital City Statistical Area (GCCSA), and any reference to area refers to Statistical Area Level 2 (SA2).


Capital cities

Population change

Population change by capital city

ERP at 30 June 2019
2018-19 (no.)
2018-19 (%)

Sydney
5,312,163
87,065
1.7
Melbourne
5,078,193
113,480
2.3
Brisbane
2,514,184
52,587
2.1
Adelaide
1,359,760
13,900
1.0
Perth
2,085,973
27,405
1.3
Hobart
236,136
3,445
1.5
Darwin
147,255
-1,141
-0.8
Canberra
426,704
6,325
1.5
Total capital cities
17,160,368
303,066
1.8



Components of population change

Population change at the regional level has three main components: natural increase, overseas migration and internal migration.
    • Natural increase was the largest contributor to population change in Perth and Canberra.
    • Net overseas migration was the major contributor to population change in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Hobart.
    • Net internal migration loss was largest in Sydney, Adelaide and Darwin.
    • All three components contributed similarly to population change in Brisbane.

Components of population change by capital city

Image: Graph showing components of population change by capital city, 2018-19

Regions

The areas with the largest growth were:
    • Cranbourne East (up by 7,800 people) in Melbourne's outer south-east
    • Cobbitty - Leppington in Sydney's outer south-west and Riverstone - Marsden Park in Sydney's outer north-west (both 5,300)

The areas with the highest growth rates were:
    • Mickleham - Yuroke (53%) in Melbourne's outer north
    • Moncrieff (38%) in Canberra's outer north
    • Rockbank - Mount Cottrell (37%) in Melbourne's outer west
Outside of the capital cities:
    • Pimpama (up by 3,300 people) on Queensland's Gold Coast had the largest growth
    • Pimpama also had the highest growth rate (20%)

Areas with the largest growth

SA2SA4
ERP at 30 June 2019
2018-19 (no.)

Cranbourne EastMelbourne - South East
49,199
7,818
Cobbitty - LeppingtonSydney - South West
32,151
5,280
Riverstone - Marsden ParkSydney - Blacktown
31,864
5,275
Rouse Hill - Beaumont HillsSydney - Baulkham Hills and Hawkesbury
31,681
3,878
Mickleham - YurokeMelbourne - North West
11,227
3,866


Areas with the highest growth rates

SA2(a)SA4
ERP at 30 June 2019
2018-19 (%)

Mickleham - YurokeMelbourne - North West
11,227
52.5
MoncrieffAustralian Capital Territory
3,844
38.1
Rockbank - Mount CottrellMelbourne - West
8,815
36.6
RipleyIpswich
8,112
26.6
PimpamaGold Coast
19,425
20.5

(a) Excludes SA2s with less than 1,000 people at June 2018.

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