3218.0 - Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2017-18 Quality Declaration 
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This issue contains estimates of the resident population for areas of Australia in each year from 2001 to 2018. Estimates are provided for Statistical Areas Level 2 to 4 (SA2s - SA4s), Significant Urban Areas (SUAs), Remoteness Areas (RAs), Greater Capital City Statistical Areas (GCCSAs) and states and territories of Australia, according to the 2016 edition of the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS). Estimates are also provided for Local Government Areas (LGAs) and Commonwealth and State Electoral Divisions (CEDs and SEDs) based on 2018 boundaries. This issue also contains estimates of the components of population change (births, deaths, internal and overseas migration) for 2016-17 and 2017-18 for SA2s and LGAs.

The summary commentary in this issue focuses on population changes at the SA2 level and above between 30 June 2017 and 30 June 2018. All estimates are available from the Downloads tab.

The total population of the Other Territories, namely Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Jervis Bay and Norfolk Island, is included in all references to the total population of Australia. However, the Other Territories are excluded from commentary about the states and territories of Australia.


The estimates in this issue are final for 2001 to 2016, revised for 2017, and preliminary for 2018.

Age and sex breakdowns of these estimates will be released on 29 August 2019 in Regional Population by Age and Sex, Australia, 2018 (cat. no. 3235.0).


It is important to recognise that the sub-state/territory population estimates in this product are produced using Census data and administrative by-product data, and are subject to some error. A degree of caution should be exercised when using the estimates, especially for areas with very small populations. For more information see paragraphs 32 to 36 of the Explanatory Notes.

All statistics included in the commentary text for this publication are rounded. While unrounded figures are provided in tables and spreadsheets, accuracy to the last digit should not be assumed.


This issue contains the second release of official sub-state population estimates prepared using the component method, which enables population change to be broken down into the components of natural increase (births minus deaths), internal and overseas migration. Estimates of the components of population change for 2016-17 and 2017-18 by SA2 and LGA are available from the Downloads tab of this product. Further information about the component method is provided in the Feature Article New Methodology Used to Prepare Sub-state Population Estimates and the Explanatory Notes accompanying this product.

To complement the inclusion of the components of population change in this product, the total regional internal migration estimates (RIME) previously released in Migration, Australia (cat. no. 3412.0) are now available from the Downloads tab of this product. Further breakdowns of RIME by age and sex will be available in Regional Population by Age and Sex, Australia, 2018 (cat. no. 3235.0) on 29 August 2019.

GeoPackages for SA2s and LGAs are available from the Downloads tab. For this release, the range of data items has been expanded to include the components of population change for 2016-17 and 2017-18.


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