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3239.0.55.001 - Population, Australian States and Territories - Electronic Delivery, Dec 2003  
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ABOUT THESE STATISTICS

This publication provides population estimates for the states and territories at 31 December 2003. Additional details of these statistics will be published on 4 June 2004 in Australian Demographic Statistics, December quarter, 2003 (cat. no. 3101.0).


ESTIMATED RESIDENT POPULATION

The preliminary estimated resident population of Australia at December 2003 was 20,008,700 persons. The population increased by 250,800 persons since December 2002 and 67,900 persons since September 2003.


POPULATION GROWTH RATES

During the year ended December 2003 the Australian population grew by 1.3%. Excluding Other Territories, all states and territories had positive growth rates, the highest being for Queensland (2.3%) and the lowest for the Australian Capital Territory (0.1%).

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

Population at end of
December Quarter

Change over
2002
2003
previous year


no.
no.
no.
%

New South Wales
6,662,212
6,716,277
54,065
0.8
Victoria
4,884,952
4,947,985
63,033
1.3
Queensland
3,754,154
3,840,111
85,957
2.3
South Australia
1,522,475
1,531,375
8,900
0.6
Western Australia
1,936,902
1,969,046
32,144
1.7
Tasmania
474,305
479,958
5,653
1.2
Northern Territory
198,075
198,700
625
0.3
Australian Capital Territory
322,164
322,579
415
0.1
Other Territories(b)
2,657
2,646
-11
-0.4
Australia
19,757,896
20,008,677
250,781
1.3

(a) Data for December 2002 and December 2003 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)

2001
December
6,608,134
4,830,508
3,668,848
1,515,523
1,913,273
472,188
197,970
320,201
19,529,274
2002
March
6,626,305
4,848,853
3,689,299
1,517,423
1,920,720
472,590
198,189
321,305
19,597,316
June
6,634,110
4,857,228
3,710,972
1,518,696
1,924,553
472,612
198,665
321,512
19,640,979
September
6,645,251
4,869,098
3,730,838
1,520,425
1,930,132
473,191
198,316
321,630
19,691,510
December
6,662,212
4,884,952
3,754,154
1,522,475
1,936,902
474,305
198,075
322,164
19,757,896
2003
March
6,675,800
4,906,339
3,774,801
1,525,489
1,945,532
475,935
197,772
322,850
19,827,167
June
6,686,757
4,917,311
3,796,244
1,527,148
1,952,238
477,077
198,338
322,830
19,880,599
September
6,699,295
4,933,552
3,816,355
1,529,010
1,960,351
478,402
198,593
322,545
19,940,760
December
6,716,277
4,947,985
3,840,111
1,531,375
1,969,046
479,958
198,700
322,579
20,008,677

(a) Data from December quarter 2001 to June quarter 2002 inclusive have been revised, and will be finalised after the 2006 census. Data from September quarter 2002 to December quarter 2003 are preliminary and subject to revision.
(b) Includes Other Territories.

TABLE 3. COMPONENTS OF POPULATION CHANGE(a)





Components of population change during 2003


















ERP at 31




Net

Net


ERP at 31


December



Natural

overseas

interstate

Total

December


2002

Births

Deaths

increase(b)

migration

migration

growth

2003












New South Wales

6,662,212

86,330

46,244

40,086

45,259

-31,280

54,065

6,716,277

Victoria

4,884,952

61,061

33,258

27,803

36,683

-1,453

63,033

4,947,985

Queensland

3,754,154

48,339

23,529

24,810

23,591

37,556

85,957

3,840,111

South Australia

1,522,475

17,445

12,185

5,260

5,586

-1,946

8,900

1,531,375

Western Australia

1,936,902

24,270

11,334

12,936

19,581

-373

32,144

1,969,046

Tasmania

474,305

5,807

3,944

1,863

755

3,035

5,653

479,958

Northern Territory

198,075

3,790

875

2,915

605

-2,895

625

198,700

Australian Capital









Territory

322,164

4,128

1,413

2,715

344

-2,644

415

322,579










Australia(c)

19,757,896

251,201

132,788

118,413

132,368

. .

250,781

20,008,677


. . not applicable
(a) All data are preliminary and subject to revision.
(b) The excess of births over deaths.
(c) Includes Other Territories.

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

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