ESTIMATED RESIDENT POPULATION
Victoria's estimated resident population (ERP) at the end of any given period is the estimated population at the beginning of the period plus the sum of three components: natural increase, net overseas migration and net interstate migration.
At the end of December quarter 2009, Victoria's ERP was 5,496,400 people, an increase of 23,100 (0.4%) since the end of September quarter 2009. Over the same period, Australia's ERP grew by 89,800 (0.4%).
Over the 12 months since the end of December quarter 2008, Victoria's ERP increased by 114,600 (2.1%).
The largest component of Victoria's population growth in December quarter 2009 was net overseas migration (a gain of 13,100 people). Natural increase (births minus deaths) accounted for a further increase of 9,300 people.
Net interstate migration has historically meant loss of population from Victoria to other state and territories. However, following eleven consecutive quarters of loss, net interstate migration made a positive contribution to the state's population during the latest four quarters. Among these four quarters the largest contribution of net interstate migration (700 people) was in December quarter 2009.
View underlying table as an Excel spreadsheet: Download Estimated resident population and Components of population change, Victoria from the Downloads Page.
Quarterly population growth
Components of population growth,
A spreadsheet containing estimates of the resident population of Victoria by single year of age and sex at 30 June 2009 can be found in Population by Age and Sex, Australian States and Territories
(cat. no. 3201.0) on the Downloads page (Table 2). Also accessible via the Summary page of 3201.0 is the ABS animated population pyramid
, which shows the change in the age and sex distribution of the population of Australia and each states and territory over time.
Summary commentary on population growth and distribution in Victoria and its regions can be found in Regional Population Growth, Australia
(cat. no. 3218.0). This product contains estimates as at 30 June 2009 of the resident population at a sub-state level.
Further detail is also available in Population by Age and Sex, Regions of Australia
(cat. no. 3235.0).
A feature article
explaining how the ABS derives ERP, and the role of the Victorian regional office in producing these estimates, was published in the March quarter 2009 issue of State and Regional Indicators, Victoria