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3101.0 - Australian Demographic Statistics, Dec 2011 Quality Declaration 
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MEDIA RELEASE
20 June 2012
Embargoed: 11.30 am (Canberra time)
84/2012
Australia's population grows at 1.4% in 2011

Australia's annual population growth rate was 1.4% for the year ending 31 December 2011, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Over the same period, Australia's population increased by 302,600 people to 22.5 million (22,485,300) people. Net overseas migration accounted for 55% of the growth for the year ending December 2011, with the remaining 45% due to natural increase (births minus deaths).

Net overseas migration increased to the end of December 2011. The preliminary net overseas migration estimate for the year ending December 2011 (184,000 people) was 9% (or 15,100) higher than that for December 2010 (168,800 people).

Based on preliminary figures, there were 296,700 births registered in the year ending December 2011, 2.5% (or 7,200) more than the previous year (289,500). The number of deaths registered over the same period was 147,000, 2.5% (or 3,600) more than the previous year (143,400).

These official population estimates were derived from the 2011 Census counts and other ABS sources. The estimates include Australian residents temporarily overseas on Census Night plus an estimate of people not counted on Census Night. They exclude temporary overseas visitors in Australia. Official population estimates also take into account births, deaths and migration trends.

The first detailed results of the 2011 Census will be released on 21 June 2012.

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.

Further information is available in Australian Demographic Statistics, September Quarter 2011 (cat. no. 3101.0).

For population estimates at the regional level, please see Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2009–10 (cat. no. 3218.0) and Population by Age and Sex, Regions of Australia, 2010 (cat. no. 3235.0). Available for free download from www.abs.gov.au

Media Note:

When reporting ABS data you must attribute the Australian Bureau of Statistics (or the ABS) as the source.


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