3218.0 - Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2010-11 Quality Declaration 
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State summary

Population change in South-east Queensland

Population change in the remainder of Queensland

Declining populations

Natural disasters

Population density

Centre of population

Local government area populations


At 30 June 2011, the estimated resident population of Queensland was 4.58 million, an increase of 74,800 people since June 2010. Between 2010 and 2011, Queensland had the third fastest population growth rate of 1.7%, behind Western Australia and the Australian Capital Territory. From June 2006 to June 2011, Queensland had an average annual growth rate of 2.3%, which was the second fastest of all states and territories, behind Western Australia (2.7%)

SLA POPULATION CHANGE, Queensland - 2010-11
Diagram: SLA POPULATION CHANGE, Queensland—2010–11


At June 2011, south-east Queensland, comprising the SDs of Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, and West Moreton, accounted for around two-thirds of the total population in Queensland. Between June 2010 and June 2011, the population in south-east Queensland increased by 51,300 to reach 3.05 million people. This accounted for 69% of the total growth in the state.

The SD of Brisbane experienced the largest growth of all SDs in Queensland, with an increase of 34,800 people (1.7%) in the year to June 2011. Brisbane SD accounted for 45% of Queensland's population at June 2011.

The fastest-growing SD in south-east Queensland (and the third fastest-growing in the state) was West Moreton which grew by 1.9% (or 1,900 people) in the year to June 2011

At June 2011, the three most populous LGAs in Australia were located in south-east Queensland. They were Brisbane (C) (with 1.08 million people), Gold Coast (C) (536,500) and Moreton Bay (R) (389,700). Brisbane (C) had the largest increase in population in Australia between June 2010 and June 2011, up by 14,100 people. Gold Coast (C) had the third-largest increase (9,600) and Moreton Bay (R) the fifth-largest (8,100).

An additional three LGAs within south-east Queensland were among the six largest-growing in Queensland in 2010-11. They were Logan (C) (5,300), Sunshine Coast (R) (5,000) and Ipswich (C) (4,900).

The three fastest-growing LGAs within south-east Queensland in 2010-11 were Somerset (R) and Ipswich (C) which both increased by 2.9%, and Lockyer Valley (R) (2.3%). In 2010-11, the SLA of Somerset (R) - Esk accounted for 80% of the growth in the LGA of Somerset (R), while the SLA of Ipswich (C) - East accounted for 59% of the growth in the LGA of Ipswich (C).

Brisbane City

Population growth within the LGA of Brisbane (C) was widespread in the year to June 2011, with 94% of the SLAs in this LGA recording an increase in population. The SLAs that experienced the largest population increases were Wakerley, Doolandella-Forest Lake and Chermside, increasing by 540, 460 and 400 people respectively.

The three fastest-growing SLAs in Brisbane (C) were Pallara-Heathwood-Larapinta (which grew by 10.8%), Wakerley (7.5%) and City - Inner (6.6%).

Gold Coast City

In the year to June 2011, Kingsholme-Upper Coomera had the largest population increase (1,300 people) of all SLAs within the Gold Coast (C) LGA. This was followed by Pimpama-Coomera (1,100 people) and Mudgeeraba-Reedy Creek (640 people).

Pimpama-Coomera was the fastest-growing SLA in the Gold Coast (C) in the year to June 2011, increasing by 11.2%, followed by Kingsholme-Upper Coomera (5.5%) and Hope Island (5.4%).

Moreton Bay (R)

Moreton Bay (R) adjoins the LGA of Brisbane (C) to the north. There are 22 SLAs within Moreton Bay (R), of which Dakabin-Kallangur-M. Downs was the most populous at June 2011 (30,300 people).

The SLA of Griffin-Mango Hill had the largest and fastest population growth (1,800 people or 9.9%) within this LGA in the year to June 2011. The SLA of Caboolture Central had the second largest and second fastest population growth (930 or 4.0%).


In the year to June 2011, the nine SDs outside of south-east Queensland increased in population by between 0.5% and 2.1%. The fastest-growing of these SDs was Northern, which increased by 2.1%, followed by Fitzroy (2.0%) and Mackay (1.8%).

Most LGAs in the remainder of Queensland experienced population increases in the year to June 2011. The LGAs with the largest population increases were Townsville (C) (4,500 people), Cairns (R) (2,600), Mackay (R) (2,500), Toowoomba (R) (2,200) and Gladstone (R) (2,100).

In the year to June 2011, the SLA of Condon-Rasmussen-Bohle Basin accounted for 48% of the growth in the LGA of Townsville (C) and Mt Louisa-Mt St John-Bohle accounted for a further 11%. Condon-Rasmussen-Bohle Basin was also the fastest-growing SLA outside of south-east Queensland (7.6%).

Combined, three of the nine SLAs in Cairns (R) accounted for over 60% of the growth within the LGA in 2010-11. They were Cairns (R) - Northern Suburbs, Cairns (R) - Trinity and Cairns (R) - Barron.

Within the LGA of Mackay (R), Mackay (R) - Mackay Pt A accounted for 73% of the growth in the year to June 2011 and Mackay (R) - Mirani accounted for 14%.

In the year to June 2011, the two fastest-growing LGAs in the state were in the remainder of Queensland. They were Cook (S) and Gladstone (R), increasing by 6.4% and 3.5% respectively. Cook (S) is located on the Cape York Peninsula. Gladstone (R), on the coast between Rockhampton and Bundaberg, is a major service centre for mining and resource industries, including port facilities and liquefied natural gas plants.


ERP at 30 June
Population Change


Brisbane (C)
1 079 400
14 100
Gold Coast (C)
536 500
9 600
Moreton Bay (R)
389 700
8 100
Logan (C)
287 500
5 300
Sunshine Coast (R)
335 300
5 000


Cook (S)
4 200
Gladstone (R)
62 300
2 100
Somerset (R)
23 100
Ipswich (C)
172 700
4 900
Western Downs (R)
32 800

(a) Excludes LGAs with a population of less than 2,000 at June 2010.


In the 12 months to June 2011, just over 10% of the 74 LGAs in Queensland had a small decline in population or remained stable. The two SLAs with the largest declines were Keperra (down 40 people) and Bald Hills (down 30), both located in the Brisbane (C) LGA.


In the year to June 2011, Queensland was affected by natural disasters, including widespread flooding and Cyclone Yasi. These events caused people to be temporarily displaced during reconstruction and rebuilding periods. There was minimal impact on Queensland's estimated resident population.


At June 2011, the population density of Queensland was 2.6 people per square kilometre (sq km). Most of Queensland had a low population density with 64 SLAs, comprising 92% of the total area of Queensland, having less than one person per sq km. The population density of Brisbane SD was 350 people per sq km, lower than the Australian capital cities combined (380 people per sq km).

The most densely populated SLAs in Brisbane SD at June 2011 were the inner-city New Farm (6,000 people per sq km), Kangaroo Point (5,700) and City - Inner (5,400). The SLA with the lowest population density in Brisbane SD was Moreton Island (1.7 people per sq km), followed by Pinkenba-Eagle Farm (6.3) on the coast near Brisbane airport. A pattern of higher population density is apparent along the urban corridor, north to the Sunshine Coast and south to the Gold Coast.

In the year to June 2011, the largest increase in population density in Brisbane SD occurred in the SLA of City - Inner, which increased from 5,000 to 5,400 people per sq km.

Around 4.0% of the 221 SLAs within Brisbane SD experienced a decrease in population density between June 2010 and 2011.

Diagram: POPULATION DENSITY BY SLA, Brisbane SD—June 2011


Queensland's centre of population at June 2011 was in the LGA of North Burnett (R), roughly 100 kilometres west of Maryborough. The centre moved approximately 1.6 kilometres east in the five years to June 2011, reflecting sustained population growth in Queensland's coastal regions over this time.

The centre of population for Brisbane SD at June 2011 was on the banks of the Brisbane River to the south-east of the city's central business district, near the City Botanic Gardens.


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