ABOUT THIS ISSUE
This issue contains estimates of the resident population by age (in five-year age groups up to 85 and over) and sex for 30 June 2001 to 30 June 2015. Estimates are provided for Statistical Areas Levels 2 to 4 (SA2s - SA4s), Greater Capital City Statistical Areas (GCCSAs), 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 2015 boundaries.
The commentary in this issue focuses on the age and sex distribution of populations at the SA2 level and above as at 30 June 2015, as well as changes to these distributions over five years (2010 - 2015). All ASGS-based and LGA 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 2001 to 2011, revised for 2012 to 2014 (denoted 2012r, 2013r and 2014r) and preliminary for 2015 (denoted 2015p).
Preliminary total population estimates for SA2s and LGAs as at June 2016 are scheduled for release on 30 March 2017 in Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2015-16 (cat. no. 3218.0).
ACCURACY OF POPULATION ESTIMATES
It is important to recognise that sub-state population estimates in this release 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.
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.