1367.5 - Western Australian Statistical Indicators, Jun 2009  
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POPULATION GROWTH

  • The preliminary estimated resident population for Western Australia was 2.2 million at 31 December 2008, an increase of 0.7% from September 2008.
  • The state's quarterly population growth was equal highest with Queensland, followed closely by Victoria (up 0.5%). Nationally, the population grew 0.5% to 21.6 million persons. However, for the 12 months ending 31 December 2008, Western Australia recorded the largest percentage gain (3.1%), ahead of Queensland (2.5%) and Northern Territory (2.0%).
  • In December 2008, Western Australia recorded 7,600 births and 3,200 deaths, a natural increase of 4,400 persons.
  • Western Australia's estimated resident population in December 2008 contributed 10.2% to the overall nation's population, with New South Wales having the largest proportion (32.5%).


1 ESTIMATED RESIDENT POPULATION, BIRTHS AND DEATHS(a)

ERP(b)
Births
Deaths
Reference period
'000
'000
'000

2006-2007
2 113.0
28.9
12.0
2007-2008
2 171.2
31.2
12.4
2007
2 138.1
29.3
12.3
2008
2 204.0
31.9
12.8
2007
December
2 138.1
6.8
3.0
2008
March
2 156.7
8.4
3.0
June
2 171.2
8.1
3.1
September
2 188.5
7.7
3.4
December
2 204.0
7.6
3.2

(a) ERP data may be final, revised or preliminary at any point in time. See the 'ERP Data Status' section of the Notes in the source publication.
(b) At end of reference period.
Source: Australian Demographic Statistics, cat. no. 3101.0.



  • In the year to December 2008, the principal component of population growth was net overseas migration, followed by natural increase. Net interstate migration formed a relatively small component of the growth.
  • During the quarter ending 31 December 2008, an estimated 15,600 people were added to the Western Australian population. Natural increase (births minus deaths) accounted for 4,400 of the total while net overseas migration and interstate migration added 9,700 and 1,400 people respectively.



2 COMPONENTS OF POPULATION CHANGE(a)

Components of population growth

Natural increase(b)
Net interstate migration
Net overseas migration(c)
Total population growth(d)
Reference period
'000
'000
'000
'000

2006-2007
16.9
5.2
31.5
53.6
2007-2008
18.7
4.8
34.7
58.2
2007
16.9
4.7
31.7
53.3
2008
19.1
6.3
40.6
66.0
2007
December
3.9
0.7
7.5
12.2
2008
March
5.5
1.7
11.4
18.6
June
5.0
1.5
8.0
14.5
September
4.2
1.6
11.4
17.3
December
4.4
1.4
9.7
15.6

(a) Component of population change data may be final, revised or preliminary at any point in time. See the "ERP Data Status' section of the Notes in the source publication.
(b) Births minus deaths.
(c) Adjusted for category jumping.
(d) Differences may occur between total growth and the sum of natural increase and net migration due to intercensal discrepancy.
Source: Australian Demographic Statistics, cat. no. 3101.0.

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