1338.1.55.001 - Statistical Trends, NSW, 2007  
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Population growth in Australia's states and territories is drawn from three components – natural increase, overseas migration and interstate migration. In 2006, New South Wales (NSW) population growth (0.9%) was characterised by net gains for natural increase (0.6%) and overseas migration (0.7%), and a net loss (-0.4%) for interstate migration.

Annual Population Change, Components2006
Graph: Annual Population Change, Components—2006

Differences in population growth between states and territories are due to differences in these components. For example, in 2006 Victoria (average annual growth of 1.5%) had net gains for natural increase (0.6%) and overseas migration (0.8%), but only recorded a small net loss due to interstate migration (-0.02%). Queensland (annual growth of 2.0%) recorded net gains in all three components.

Population Growth, By state/territory2006
Graph: Population Growth, By state/territory —2006

New South Wales annual population growth (1.2% in 2001) declined during the period 2002 to 2004 (0.6% to 0.7%), then rose again in 2005 and 2006, albeit to a lower level than previously (0.9%). The main influences since 2002 have been a combination of lower net overseas migration into NSW and higher net interstate migration from NSW. Natural increase has remained relatively steady throughout this period.

Population Growth, Components
Graph: Population Growth, Components

The net interstate migration loss in 2005–06 was largely due to a net loss in the younger age groups.

Net Interstate Migration Loss, By age2005–06
Graph: Net Interstate Migration Loss, By age—2005–06