3218.0 - Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2012 Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 30/08/2013   
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This issue contains estimates of the resident population of areas of Australia for 30 June 2001 to 2012. Estimates are provided for Statistical Areas Levels 2 to 4 (SA2s - SA4s), Greater Capital City Statistical Areas (GCCSAs), Significant Urban Areas, Remoteness Areas, State Electoral Divisions, and states and territories of Australia, according to the 2011 edition of the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS). Estimates are also provided for Local Government Areas (LGAs) based on 2012 boundaries and Commonwealth Electoral Divisions based on 2013 boundaries.

Estimates for 30 June 2001 to 2011 for Statistical Local Areas, Statistical Subdivisions, Statistical Divisions and Statistical Districts according to the 2011 edition of the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) are also included, along with Remoteness Areas as defined in the 2006 ASGC.

A historical time series of population estimates for SA2s (for years 1991 - 2011), SA3s and SA4s (1981 - 2011) and GCCSAs (1971 - 2011) is included in this issue. A time series of estimates for LGAs (based on 2011 boundaries) from 1991 to 2011 has also been added.

The summary commentary in this issue relates to population changes at the SA2 level and above over five years (2007 - 2012). All LGA, ASGS-based and ASGC-based estimates, as well as the historical ASGS time series are available from the Downloads tab.

The total population of the Other Territories, namely Jervis Bay Territory, Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) Islands, 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 2011 and revised for 2012 (denoted 2012r). Age-sex breakdowns of these estimates (both ASGS and ASGC) were released on 30 August 2013 in Population by Age and Sex, Regions of Australia, 2012 (cat. no. 3235.0).

Preliminary total population estimates for SA2s and LGAs for June 2013 are scheduled for release on 3 April 2014 in Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2012-13 (cat. no. 3218.0).


It is important to recognise that sub-state/territory population estimates in this product are produced using Census data, mathematical modelling and population-weighted geographical correspondences 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 14 to 18 of the Explanatory Notes.

All statistics included in the commentary for this publication have been presented as rounded values. While unrounded figures are provided in spreadsheets, accuracy to the last digit is not claimed and should not be assumed.


The estimates in this issue for 1991 to 2012 supersede those released in previous issues of Regional Population Growth. This is due to final rebasing and recasting processes. For more information, see:

This issue does not include state/territory specific commentaries, however a summary of the data is provided in the national Main Features.

An additional data cube containing population estimates from 1991 to 2011 for LGAs (based on 2011 boundaries) is provided as a 20 year time series for the first time, and available from the Downloads tab.


This will be the last issue to include total population estimates based on the ASGC. Sub-state population estimates from 30 June 2012 onward will only be prepared and released based at the SA2 (and above) and LGA levels.

Future issues of this product will contain a ten-year time series of population estimates on updated boundaries. For example, the next issue will contain estimates for 2003 to 2013. The longer time series in this issue is presented to assist users in the transition from the ASGC to the ASGS.


For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.