Population statistics are measures of the size, change, composition and distribution of the population as well as the components that shape population change. Although population statistics are not in themselves indicators of well-being, they underpin the discussion of a wide range of issues relating to the population, including migration, immigration, multiculturalism, ageing and population sustainability.
The changing size and distribution of Tasmania's population have implications for service provision and delivery in areas such as health, education, housing and the labour market. Population trends underlie many social changes and assist in the planning of social and economic policy.
Further information regarding ABS population statistics can be found at the Demography Theme page.
POPULATION SUMMARY, Tasmania - As at 30 June
|Size - estimated resident population (ERP)|
|Components of change(a)|
|Net overseas migration(c)|
|Net interstate migration|
|Growth rate |
|Population aged 0-14|
|Population aged 15-64|
|Population aged 65 and over|
|Population aged 80 and over|
|Median age of total population(e)|
|Sex ratio of population 0-64(f)|
|Sex ratio of population aged 65 and over(f)|
|Standardised death rate(i)|
|Infant mortality rate(j)|
|Crude marriage rate(k)|
|Crude divorce rate(k)|
p figures are preliminary and subject to revision
nya figures not yet available
(a) Change from previous year.
(b) The difference between births and deaths figures based on year of occurrence.
(c) Sum of the net permanent and long-term movement plus an adjustment for the effects of category jumping.
(d) Experimental estimated resident Indigenous population.
(e) The age at which half the population is older and half is younger.
(f) The number of males per 100 females in a given population.
(g) Figures based on year of registration of usual residence and may differ from data based on year of occurrence.
(h) The number of children a woman would bear during her lifetime if she experienced current age-specific fertility rates at each age of her reproductive life.
(i) Allows a comparison of death rates between populations with different age structures by relating them to a standard population (in this instance all persons in the 1991 Australian population). It is the overall death rate that would have prevailed in the standard population if it had experienced at each age the death rates of the population under study.
(j) The number of deaths of children aged less than one year in a financial year per 1,000 live births in the same year.
(k) Number per 1,000 of the estimated resident population as at 30 June.
Source: Australian Demographic Statistics (cat. no. 3101.0); Population by Age and Sex (cat. no. 3201.0); and Population Distribution, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, 2001 (cat. no. 4705.0).