3218.0 - Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2013-14 Quality Declaration 
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NEW SOUTH WALES

STATE SUMMARY

At June 2014, New South Wales (NSW) had an estimated resident population of 7.52 million people. Between 2013 and 2014, NSW increased by 109,100 people (1.5%). This was the largest population increase of any state or territory.

POPULATION CHANGE BY SA2, New South Wales - 2013-14
Diagram: POPULATION CHANGE BY SA2, New South Wales - 2013-14


POPULATION CHANGE IN GREATER SYDNEY

At June 2014, just under two thirds of the state's population (4.84 million people) lived in Greater Sydney. Population growth in Greater Sydney accounted for 77% of the state's total growth in 2013-14.

The SA4 in Greater Sydney with the largest growth in 2013-14 was Sydney - Parramatta, which increased by 10,500 people. Sydney - City and Inner South, and Sydney - Inner South West also had large growth, adding 8,600 and 8,100 people respectively. The Central Coast grew by 2,900 people during the same period.


Growth in Greater Sydney

In 2013-14, the ten SA2s with the largest population increases in NSW were all within Greater Sydney. Parklea - Kellyville Ridge, in the north-west growth corridor, continued to have the largest growth, increasing by 2,700 people to reach 31,800. Large growth also occurred in the inner-city SA2 of Waterloo - Beaconsfield (up by 2,000 people), Parramatta - Rosehill (1,900) and Concord West - North Strathfield (1,600) around Sydney Olympic Park, and Cobbitty - Leppington (1,500) in Sydney's south-west. Warnervale - Wadalba continued to have the largest growth on the Central Coast, up by 560 people.

Greater Sydney also contained eight of the ten fastest-growing SA2s in NSW. Cobbitty - Leppington, which includes the expanding land releases around Oran Park, was the fastest growing (up by 19%). This was followed by Parklea - Kellyville Ridge (up by 9.4%), Homebush Bay - Silverwater (8.3%), Waterloo - Beaconsfield (8.2%) and Concord West - North Strathfield (7.4%).

SA2s WITH LARGEST AND FASTEST POPULATION GROWTH(a), New South Wales

ERP at 30 June
Population Change
2014p
2013r-2014p
SA2
no.
no.
%

LARGEST GROWTH

Parklea - Kellyville Ridge
31 800
2 700
9.4
Waterloo - Beaconsfield
26 800
2 000
8.2
Parramatta - Rosehill
28 100
1 900
7.2
Concord West - North Strathfield
23 100
1 600
7.4
Cobbitty - Leppington
9 600
1 500
18.5

FASTEST GROWTH(b)

Cobbitty - Leppington
9 600
1 500
18.5
Parklea - Kellyville Ridge
31 800
2 700
9.4
Homebush Bay - Silverwater
15 400
1 200
8.3
Waterloo - Beaconsfield
26 800
2 000
8.2
Concord West - North Strathfield
23 100
1 600
7.4

(a) All population figures presented in this table are rounded. Estimates of population change are based on unrounded numbers.
(b) Excludes SA2s with a population of less than 1,000 at June 2013.


Population decline in Greater Sydney

Population declined in a handful of SA2s in Greater Sydney between 2013 and 2014. The largest declines were in Claymore - Eagle Vale - Raby in Sydney's outer south-west where public housing redevelopment is continuing (down by 140 people), and Springwood - Winmalee in the Blue Mountains which was affected by bushfires in late 2013 (down by 80).


POPULATION CHANGE IN THE REST OF NSW

At June 2014, just over one third of NSW residents lived outside Greater Sydney. The population in the rest of NSW increased by 24,900 people between 2013 and 2014 to reach 2.68 million.

In 2013-14, the Hunter Valley (excluding Newcastle) SA4, just to the north of Sydney, had the largest and fastest population growth in the rest of NSW, up by 3,700 people (1.4%). Relatively large growth was also recorded in the adjacent SA4 of Newcastle and Lake Macquarie (up by 3,500 people), Illawarra just to the south of Sydney (2,800), and Richmond - Tweed on the far north coast (2,200).

Newcastle and Wollongong

In the SA4 of Newcastle and Lake Macquarie, the largest growth in the 12 months to 2014 was in the SA2 of Edgeworth - Cameron Park to the west of Newcastle (up by 480 people), followed by Stockton – Fullerton Cove (410) to the north, which also had the fastest growth (6.3%). Relatively large growth was also recorded in Glendale - Cardiff - Hillsborough to the north of Lake Macquarie (up by 350 people), followed by Morisset - Cooranbong on the lake's western shore (300). The largest decline was in Mayfield – Warabrook, down by 50 people.

In the Illawarra SA4, the largest and fastest growth occurred in Shellharbour – Flinders, up by 680 people or 4.6%. The next largest increase was in Horsley – Kembla Grange (260), followed by Dapto – Avondale (240) and inner-city Wollongong (230). Unanderra – Mount Kembla recorded the only decline in the region, down by 40 people.

Coastal and hinterland change

Outside of Greater Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong, the largest growth in coastal and coastal hinterland areas in the 12 months to 2014 was in the Maitland - West SA2 in the Lower Hunter Valley which increased by 590 people. The next largest increase was in adjacent Maitland - East (up by 440 people), followed by Nowra on the south coast (410). Port Macquarie - West and Port Macquarie – East on the mid-north coast also had relatively large increases (both up by 350 people). The Maitland SA2 recorded the fastest growth in this region at 6.9%.

The north coast SA2 of Grafton had the largest population loss for this period, down by 180 people. Goonellabah (down by 90 people), Murwillumbah (down by 70) and Lismore (down by 60) on the far north coast and Taree (down by 50) on the mid north coast also had population declines. The largest decline in population on the south coast was in Eden, down by 20 people.

Inland change

Regional centres continued to drive population growth in inland NSW. The largest growth in 2013-14 was in the Central West SA2 of Orange - North (up by 480 people), followed by Griffith (410) and Albury - East (400). Relatively large growth was also recorded in Wagga Wagga - South (up by 320 people), Bathurst (310), Wagga Wagga - East (280), Dubbo - West (250), and Tamworth - North and Bowral (both up by 240). Wagga Wagga - North had the fastest growth, up by 4.5%. The largest declines were in Moree (down by 120 people) and Wagga Wagga - West (down by 70).

Of the remaining mainly rural SA2s, the largest growth was in Tamworth Region (up by 280 people) in the state's north-west followed by Queanbeyan Region (220), Yass Region (200) and Goulburn Region (180), all near the Australian Capital Territory. Relatively large growth was also seen in Cootamundra (130) in the Riverina, and Bathurst Region (130) and Orange Region (110) in the Central West. These areas generally surround established urban centres or include major towns.

Many of NSW's predominantly rural SA2s declined in population. The largest decline was in Narrandera (down by 60 people) in the Riverina, followed by Moree Region and Inverell Region - East in the state's north-west, Gilgandra in the far west and Cooma Region in the Capital Region (all down by 40 people).


POPULATION DENSITY

The population density of NSW at June 2014 was 9.4 people per square kilometre (sq km). In Greater Sydney, the population density was 390 people per sq km.

Eight of the ten most densely-populated SA2s in Australia were in Greater Sydney, with the top four located around Sydney's central business district. The highest population densities were in Pyrmont - Ultimo (15,000 people per sq km), Potts Point - Woolloomooloo (13,700), Darlinghurst (13,400) and Surry Hills (13,300), and reflect inner-city urban consolidation. The largest increases in population densities in NSW in 2013-14 were in Pyrmont - Ultimo (up by 630 people per sq km), Waterloo - Beaconsfield (570) and Redfern - Chippendale (400).

In the rest of NSW, the highest population densities were in Newcastle - Cooks Hill (2,800 people per sq km), nearby Waratah - North Lambton (2,500) and Wollongong (2,800).

POPULATION DENSITY BY SA2, Greater Sydney - June 2014
Diagram: POPULATION DENSITY BY SA2, Greater Sydney - June 2014



CENTRE OF POPULATION

The centre of population for NSW at June 2014 was near the banks of the Hawkesbury River near Lower Portland. Between 2004 and 2014, the centre moved 3.0 kilometres south-east, reflecting strong population growth in Greater Sydney and along the NSW coast.

At June 2014, the centre of population of Greater Sydney was in the suburb of Ermington, just north of the Parramatta River.