3106.0 - Demography News, April 2012  
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Regional Population Growth, 2010-11 (cat. no. 3218.0) was released on 30 March 2012. This product presents population estimates for areas below the state and territory level, for geographical areas classified under the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC). Data presented in this publication includes statistics on population change, state and territory highlights, city growth, and areas of population decline.

Strong growth in the outer suburbs of Australia's capital cities continued in 2010-11. Of the ten fastest-growing Local Government Areas (LGAs) in the country, six were in the outer suburban fringes of Melbourne and Perth.

This strong growth in the outer suburbs contributed to a population increase in Australia's capital cities of 224,400 people in 2010-11. This accounted for more than two-thirds of the growth in the Australian population. Melbourne had the largest increase, up by 66,900 people, followed by Sydney (59,800) and Perth (42,800).

Overall though, population growth in Australian capital cities slowed. Growth in all capital cities was down from last year, apart from Perth which increased slightly from 2.3% to 2.5%, and Canberra which remained stable at 1.9%. Darwin slowed the most, down from 2.0% growth in 2009-10 to just 0.5% in 2010-11.

In New South Wales, the fastest growing LGAs during 2010-11 were Canada Bay (3.0%), Camden (2.8%), and Parramatta (2.5%), all within Sydney.

Nine of the ten fastest growing LGAs outside of Sydney were located in inland New South Wales, led by Maitland (2.1%) in the Hunter region and Orange (2.0%) in the central west.

The preliminary 30 June 2011 Estimated Resident Population (ERP) contained in this release of Regional Population Growth will be the last regional estimates to be based on the 2006 Census of Population and Housing. Estimates for 30 June 2011, based on the 2011 Census, are due to be released on 31 July 2012.