3311.4 - Demography, South Australia, 1999  
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  • From birth to death - a statistical look at SA's population (Media Release)


December 14, 2000
Embargoed 11:30am (AEST)

From birth to death - a statistical look at SA's population

From birth through to death, take a comprehensive look at South Australia's people in the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) publication Demography SA, 1999, released today.

Examples of the broad range of information available include:
  • There were 17,960 births registered in SA in 1999, 10 per cent fall in the ten years since 1989. In 1999 the net reproduction rate of the population was 0.823.
  • 11,300 deaths of South Australians were recorded in 1999. The crude death rate (7.6 deaths per 1,000 population) was higher than the national rate (6.8), and second only to Tasmania (8.0).
  • However, when death rates were standardised to account for the differing age structures of populations, South Australia's death rate was only 5.7 per 1,000 (less than that for the whole of Australia). South Australians have a higher life expectancy than that for Australia as a whole (76.4 years for males and 82.1 for females, compared to the Australian expectation of 76.2 and 81.8 years respectively).
  • In 1999, for the first time ever, over half (50.7%) of the marriages notified were celebrated according to a civil, rather than a religious, rite.
  • Marriages registered in South Australia fell by 16% over the last ten years to 8,240 in 1999. In contrast, in 1999 there were 4,300 divorces granted in South Australia, an increase of 15% since 1989.
  • The crude marriage rate for South Australia fell from 6.9 in 1989 to 5.5 in 1999, below the Australian rate of 6.0, while the divorce rate rose one point to 2.9, one point above that for Australia as a whole.
  • The preliminary estimated resident population of South Australia at 31 December 1999 was almost 1.5 million. Although South Australia experienced a net overseas migration gain of 2,900 people, there was a total net migration loss of only 500 for the year.

Further details can be found in Demography SA 1999 (cat. no. 3311.4), available in ABS bookshops. This news release and the main features of the publication may be found on this website. If you wist to purchase a copy of this publication, contact the ABS Bookshop in your capital city.