Brisbane and Perth have highest growth rates

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Brisbane's population grew by 1.9 per cent during 2019-20, recording the highest growth rate of all Australian capital cities, according to figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

ABS Director of Demography, Phil Browning, said: "Brisbane was closely followed by Perth with a population growth rate of 1.8 per cent. Third was Melbourne with growth of 1.6 per cent."

"Melbourne also had the largest population increase, growing by more than 80,000 people".

Sydney, which remains Australia's most populous capital, saw an increase in its population of 57,100 people to reach 5.37 million. Brisbane grew by 46,900 people and Perth by 37,600 people.

Only Darwin experienced a decrease in population during 2019-20, with 180 fewer people calling the Northern Territory capital home at 30 June 2020 compared to the previous year.

Capital cityChange over 2019-20Population at 30 Jun 2020
NumberPer centNumber
Total capital cities245,3001.417,406,300

Today's data also reveals the population growth hotspots within the capitals and the rest of the country.

Mickleham - Yuroke in Melbourne's outer north had the highest growth rate (33 per cent) in Australia in 2019-20, while Riverstone - Marsden Park in Sydney's outer north-west had the largest growth (up by 8,900 people).

State/TerritoryLargest growth 2019-20Highest growth rate 2019-20(a)
AreaNumberAreaPer cent
VictoriaCranbourne East6,300Mickleham - Yuroke32.8
New South WalesRiverstone - Marsden Park8,900Riverstone - Marsden Park27.8
Northern TerritoryPalmerston - South830Palmerston - South14.6
Australian Capital TerritoryThrosby550Moncrieff14.3
Western Australia Ellenbrook2,400Alkimos - Eglinton10.2
South AustraliaMunno Para West - Angle Vale970Munno Para West - Angle Vale6.6
TasmaniaNewnham - Mayfield290Rokeby4.0
  1. Excludes areas with less than 1,000 people at June 2019.

Statistics in this release are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting Australian Government closure of the international border from 20 March 2020.

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