1.9% population growth driven by overseas migration

Media Release

Australia's population grew by 1.9 per cent in 2022, according to the latest figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Beidar Cho, ABS head of Demography, said: "Our population at 31 December 2022 is 26.3 million people, after we recorded an increase of 496,800 people over the year. This is a growth rate of 1.9 per cent, the highest seen since 2008."

There were 619,600 overseas migration arrivals and 232,600 departures, resulting in Australia’s population growing by 387,000 people from overseas migration.

"Recovery of international student arrivals is driving net overseas migration to historic highs, while departures are lagging behind levels typically seen over the past decade. This pattern is expected to continue as international students return following the reopening of international borders, however there are fewer students ready to depart because very few arrived during the pandemic" Ms Cho said.

Natural increase was 109,800 people, a decrease of 23.4 per cent from the previous year. There were 300,700 births and 190,900 deaths registered during this time, with deaths increasing 11.1 per cent and births decreasing 4.6 per cent. COVID-19 mortality was the main contributor to an increased number of deaths and lower natural increase in 2022.

Annual population change by state and territory
 Population at 31 Dec 2022 ('000)Change over previous year ('000)Change over previous year (%)
New South Wales8238.8138.01.7
South Australia1834.328.51.6
Western Australia2825.262.72.3
Northern Territory250.12.00.8
Australian Capital Territory460.98.31.8
Australia (a)26268.4496.81.9

(a) Includes Other Territories comprising Jervis Bay Territory, Christmas Island, the Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Norfolk Island.



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