ABOUT THIS PRODUCT
This product contains estimates of the resident populations of areas of Australia as at 30 June in each year from 2001 to 2009. The areas for which estimates are provided are Local Government Areas (LGAs), Statistical Local Areas (SLAs), Statistical Divisions (SDs), Statistical Subdivisions (SSDs), Statistical Districts and states and territories of Australia, according to the 2009 edition of the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC).
Although the majority of the text in this product focuses on changes at the LGA level, selected SLAs are referred to in some of the text and tables, particularly where Local Government Areas cover multiple SLAs, such as Brisbane (C) and Darwin (C), and in unincorporated areas within the Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory. Estimates of the resident population of all LGAs and SLAs in Australia are available in spreadsheets accompanying this release.
The total population of the Other Territories, namely Jervis Bay Territory, Territory of Christmas Island, Territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Off-Shore Areas and Migratory 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.
ERP STATUS AND FUTURE RELEASES
The estimates in this product are final for 2001 to 2006 and revised for 2007 and 2008 (denoted 2007r and 2008r). Estimates for 2009 are preliminary (and denoted 2009p). Preliminary population estimates for SLAs and LGAs as at June 2009 by sex and five-year age groups will be released on 14 July 2010 in Population by Age and Sex, Regions of Australia, 2009 (cat. no. 3235.0).
ACCURACY OF POPULATION ESTIMATES
It is important to recognise that sub-state/territory population estimates in this product are produced using 2006 census data and mathematical models and are subject to error. Caution should be exercised when using the estimates, especially for areas with very small populations. For more information see paragraphs 13 to 17 of the Explanatory Notes.
In commentary based on statistics in this publication, it is recommended that the relevant statistics be rounded. While unrounded figures are provided in spreadsheets in order to facilitate calculations of sums and percentages, accuracy to the last digit is not claimed and should not be assumed. No reliance should be placed on statistics with small values.
CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE
Tables showing the largest and fastest population declines in the state and territory commentaries have been removed. This information can still be found using the Data Cubes provided in the Downloads tab of this product and in the largest and fastest population change tables in the Main Features.
For the first time, a section on population density has been added to the state and territory commentaries. This gives an overview of population density at the state/territory level then focuses in on the capital city SD. Also included in each commentary is a map showing the population density of all SLAs within the capital city SD.
Tables showing LGA populations at the end of each state and territory commentary have been removed. This data can instead be easily accessed via the Downloads tab.
Information on changes to the ASGC in the appendices of this product will no longer date back to the year of the most recent Census. Instead, information will only be provided on changes between the latest two ASGC editions. Information on past changes to the ASGC can still be found in previous editions of this product, which can be accessed via the Past & Future Releases tab.
For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Tricia Dyson on Adelaide (08) 8237 7662.