Australia's population grew by .2 per cent

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The impact of international border closures due to COVID-19 on overseas migration again showed a slower population growth for Australia, in the year to June 2021, according to the latest figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

ABS Demography Director Beidar Cho said: “Australia’s population grew by 0.2 per cent (34,300 people) to 25.7 million following an annual increase of 46,000 people."

Population growth over the past 12 months was entirely due to natural increase (adding 134,800 people), while net overseas migration was negative (-88,800) over the period. This continues the recent shift from the long run trend of net overseas migration driving the majority of Australia’s population growth.

With over 12 months of COVID-19 international travel restrictions having been in place, net overseas migration was down by 281,500 people compared with the previous year. Arrivals decreased more sharply (-71%) than departures (-25%) over the period.

Net overseas migration (-88,800) consisted of 145,800 overseas migration arrivals and 234,600 departures.

There were 298,000 births and 163,200 deaths during this period. The resulting natural increase was down .05 per cent from the previous year, driven mainly by decreasing births.

This data marks the 50th year of Estimated Residential Population at the Australian Bureau of Statistics, a period that has seen the national population almost double from 13.1 million in June 1971 to 25.7 million in June 2021. More commentary and analysis is available at 50 years of estimated resident population .

For regional population estimates see Regional Population, Australia, available for free download from

Annual population change by state and territory
 Population at 30 June 2021 ('000)Change over previous year ('000)Change over previous year (%)
New South Wales8189.322.20.3
South Australia1773.23.00.2
Western Australia2681.617.40.7
Northern Territory246.30.10.0
Australian Capital Territory432.31.10.2
Australia (a)25739.346.00.2

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

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