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3101.0 - Australian Demographic Statistics, Mar 2010 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 29/09/2010   
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MARCH KEY FIGURES

Population at end Mar qtr 2010
Change over previous year
Change over previous year
PRELIMINARY DATA
'000
'000
%

New South Wales
7 221.0
111.3
1.6
Victoria
5 529.4
106.8
2.0
Queensland
4 498.9
97.1
2.2
South Australia
1 640.7
21.0
1.3
Western Australia
2 286.1
51.6
2.3
Tasmania
507.1
4.6
0.9
Northern Territory
228.5
4.2
1.9
Australian Capital Territory
357.7
6.4
1.8
Australia(a)
22 271.9
403.1
1.8

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

Population growth
Graph: Population growth

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




MARCH KEY POINTS


ESTIMATED RESIDENT POPULATION
  • The preliminary estimated resident population (ERP) of Australia at 31 March 2010 was 22,272,000 persons. This was an increase of 403,100 persons (1.8%) since 31 March 2009 and 106,400 persons since 31 December 2009.
  • Preliminary natural increase recorded for the year ended 31 March 2010 (161,700) was 7% (or 10,600 persons) higher than the natural increase recorded for the year ended 31 March 2009 (151,100).
  • Preliminary net overseas migration recorded for the year ended 31 March 2010 (241,400) was 25% (or 79,000 persons) lower than the net overseas migration recorded for the year ended 31 March 2009 (320,400).


POPULATION GROWTH RATES
  • Australia's population grew by 1.8% during the 12 months ended 31 March 2010. The growth rate has been declining since the peak of 2.2% for the year ended 31 March 2009.
  • Natural increase and net overseas migration contributed 40% and 60% respectively to total population growth.
  • All states and territories experienced positive population growth over the 12 months ended 31 March 2010. Western Australia recorded the largest percentage gain (2.3%) and Tasmania the smallest (0.9%).

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