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3239.0.55.001 - Population, Australian States and Territories - Electronic delivery, Dec 2002  
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ABOUT THESE STATISTICS

This publication provides population estimates for the states and territories at 31 December 2002. Additional details of these statistics will be published on 5 June 2003 in Australian Demographic Statistics, December Quarter, 2002 (cat. no. 3101.0).


ESTIMATED RESIDENT POPULATION

The preliminary estimated resident population of Australia at December 2002 was 19,786,600 persons. The population increased by 255,100 persons since December 2001 and 59,100 persons since September 2002.


POPULATION GROWTH RATES

During the year ended December 2002 the Australian population grew by 1.3%. Excluding Other Territories, all states and territories, with the exception of the Northern Territory, had positive growth rates, the highest being for Queensland (2.4%) and the lowest for Tasmania (0.5%). The Northern Territory recorded a negative growth rate of 0.1% (or a small loss of 240 persons) in the 12 months ended December 2002.

TABLE 1. ESTIMATED RESIDENT POPULATION AND GROWTH RATES(a)

Population at end of
December Quarter

Change over
2001
2002
previous year


no.
no.
no.
%

New South Wales
6,608,792
6,671,426
62,634
0.9
Victoria
4,836,196
4,902,920
66,724
1.4
Queensland
3,664,284
3,750,543
86,259
2.4
South Australia
1,515,748
1,524,136
8,388
0.6
Western Australia
1,913,850
1,940,485
26,635
1.4
Tasmania
472,116
474,388
2,272
0.5
Northern Territory
197,617
197,374
-243
-0.1
Australian Capital Territory
320,275
322,680
2,405
0.8
Other Territories(b)
2,586
2,618
32
1.2
Australia
19,531,464
19,786,570
255,106
1.3

(a) Data for December 2001 and December 2002 are preliminary and subject to revision.
(b) Comprised of Jervis Bay Territory, Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

TABLE 2. QUARTERLY ESTIMATED RESIDENT POPULATION(a)

New
Australian
At end
South
Queens-
South
Western
Northern
Capital
Aust-
of period
Wales
Victoria
land
Australia
Australia
Tasmania
Territory
Territory
ralia(b)

2000
December
6,527,379
4,770,042
3,592,443
1,508,028
1,887,658
471,416
196,257
316,816
19,272,644
2001
March
6,557,399
4,793,874
3,612,587
1,510,386
1,896,309
471,830
196,905
318,353
19,360,239
June
6,575,217
4,804,726
3,628,946
1,511,728
1,901,159
471,795
197,768
319,317
19,413,240
September
6,594,553
4,821,455
3,646,256
1,513,470
1,907,877
471,604
197,985
319,698
19,475,484
December
6,608,792
4,836,196
3,664,284
1,515,748
1,913,850
472,116
197,617
320,275
19,531,464
2002
March
6,631,006
4,861,263
3,686,253
1,518,621
1,921,583
472,610
197,520
321,540
19,612,987
June
6,640,355
4,872,538
3,707,175
1,520,242
1,927,322
472,725
198,013
321,819
19,662,781
September
6,657,351
4,888,234
3,729,028
1,522,456
1,934,494
473,365
197,724
322,234
19,727,476
December
6,671,426
4,902,920
3,750,543
1,524,136
1,940,485
474,388
197,374
322,680
19,786,570

(a) Data from December Quarter 2000 to June Quarter 2001 inclusive are final. Data from September Quarter 2001 to December Quarter 2002 are preliminary and subject to revision.
(b) Includes Other Territories.

TABLE 3. COMPONENTS OF POPULATION CHANGE(a)





Components of population change during 2002


















ERP at 31




Net

Net


ERP at 31


December



Natural

overseas

interstate

Total

December


2001

Births

Deaths

increase(b)

migration(c)

migration

growth

2002












New South Wales

6,608,792

86,787

47,126

39,661

52,822

-29,849

62,634

6,671,426

Victoria

4,836,196

60,415

33,831

26,584

36,346

3,794

66,724

4,902,920

Queensland

3,664,284

47,784

23,978

23,806

25,904

36,549

86,259

3,750,543

South Australia

1,515,748

17,656

11,845

5,811

4,386

-1,809

8,388

1,524,136

Western Australia

1,913,850

23,635

11,157

12,478

18,160

-4,003

26,635

1,940,485

Tasmania

472,116

6,016

3,982

2,034

505

-267

2,272

474,388

Northern Territory

197,617

3,727

910

2,817

223

-3,283

-243

197,374

Australian Capital









Territory

320,275

4,145

1,324

2,821

716

-1,132

2,405

322,680










Australia(d)

19,531,464

250,219

134,161

116,058

139,048

. .

255,106

19,786,570


. . not applicable
(a) All data are preliminary and subject to revision.
(b) The excess of births over deaths.
(c) Category jumping is set to zero. See paragraph 7 of the Explanatory Notes.
(d) Includes Other Territories.

INQUIRIES
For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070, or Anne Ward on Canberra 02 6252 6296.

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