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3101.0 - Australian Demographic Statistics, Dec 2011 Quality Declaration 
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2011 Census Edition — Preliminary

TAKE CARE! The estimates in this publication have been benchmarked to the 2011 Census. See NOTES section for details.

DECEMBER KEY FIGURES

Population at end Dec qtr 2011
Change over previous year
Change over previous year
PRELIMINARY DATA
'000
'000
%

New South Wales
7 247.7
71.0
1.0
Victoria
5 574.5
75.4
1.4
Queensland
4 513.0
66.5
1.5
South Australia
1 645.0
11.8
0.7
Western Australia
2 387.2
67.4
2.9
Tasmania
511.7
2.0
0.4
Northern Territory
232.4
1.8
0.8
Australian Capital Territory
370.7
6.5
1.8
Australia(a)
22 485.3
302.6
1.4

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

Population growth, Quarterly
Graph: Population growth, Quarterly

Population Growth Rate, Year ended current quarter
Graph: Population Growth Rate, Year ended current quarter




DECEMBER KEY POINTS


ESTIMATED RESIDENT POPULATION
  • The preliminary estimated resident population (ERP) of Australia at 31 December 2011 was 22,485,300 persons. This was an increase of 302,600 persons since 31 December 2010 and 82,400 persons since 30 September 2011.
  • The preliminary natural increase recorded for the year ended 31 December 2011 (149,700 persons) was 2.5%, or 3,600 persons, higher than the natural increase recorded for the year ended 31 December 2010 (146,000 persons).
  • The preliminary net overseas migration recorded for the year ended 31 December 2011 (184,000 persons) was 9.0%, or 15,200 persons, higher than the net overseas migration recorded for the year ended 31 December 2010 (168,800 persons).


FIVE YEARS OF POPULATION CHANGE
  • The preliminary rebased estimated resident population (ERP) of Australia at 30 June 2011 was 22,323,900 persons, which was an increase of 1,626,100 persons over the recent intercensal period (2006-11).
  • The national average annual growth rate for the five year period from 30 June 2006 - 30 June 2011 was 1.5%, an increase on that for the 2001-06 period (1.3%).
  • Over the last five years (2006-11), all states and territories experienced population growth. Western Australia experienced the largest percentage gain, increasing by 14.2%, followed by the Australian Capital Territory (10.1%), the Northern Territory (9.8%) and Queensland (9.4%).

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