ABOUT THIS ISSUE
This issue contains estimates of the resident population of areas of Australia for 30 June 2004 to 2014. Estimates are provided for Statistical Areas Level 2 to 4 (SA2s - SA4s), Greater Capital City Statistical Areas (GCCSAs), Significant Urban Areas (SUAs), Remoteness Areas (RAs), State Electoral Divisions (SEDs), and states and territories of Australia, according to the 2011 edition of the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS). Estimates are also provided for Commonwealth Electoral Divisions (CEDs) based on 2013 boundaries and Local Government Areas (LGAs) based on 2014 boundaries.
The summary commentary in this issue focuses on population changes at the SA2 level and above between 30 June 2013 and 30 June 2014. All estimates are available from the Downloads tab.
The total population of the Other Territories, namely Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Jervis Bay, 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 issue are final for 2004 to 2011, revised for 2012 and 2013 (denoted 2012r and 2013r), and preliminary for 2014 (denoted 2014p).
Age-sex breakdowns of these estimates will be released on 18 August 2015 in Population by Age and Sex, Regions of Australia, 2014 (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 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 13 to 16 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 should not be assumed.
CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE
As advised in Australian Demographic Statistics (cat. no. 3101.0), this product no longer includes the release of data in SuperTable format. Data is still available via the Downloads tab in Excel spreadsheets and ABS.Stat - an interactive and free online tool that presents data in a searchable, flexible and dynamic way. This change will also be made for the next issue of Population by Age and Sex, Regions of Australia (cat. no. 3235.0).
For the first time, this issue includes KMZ files that can be opened in Google Earth®. This allows users to zoom in and out and then choose a region to view selected population characteristics, including a 10 year time series of ERP. For each state and territory, the available geographies are SA2s and LGAs. These KMZ files are available from the Downloads tab.
REGIONAL INTERNAL MIGRATION ESTIMATES
The ABS has developed a new series of Regional Internal Migration Estimates (RIME) for regions including SA2s and LGAs. Data for 2006-07 to 2013-14 has now been released on the ABS website in Migration, Australia (cat. no. 3412.0), and will be updated annually. The new RIME series is not directly comparable with ERP because of the different methods and source data used to prepare each series.