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3235.2 - Population by Age and Sex, Victoria, Jun 2000  
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 29/06/2001  Ceased
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MEDIA RELEASE

June 29, 2001
Embargoed: 11:30 AM (AEST)
89/2001
Strong population growth in parts of Melbourne, some regional centres

The Outer Melbourne Statistical Local Areas (SLAs) of Melton (S) - East and Wyndham (C) - Balance experienced population increases of 44.7% and 24.2% respectively during the year ending 30 June 2000. Other strong growth in Outer Melbourne occurred in Hume (C) - Craigieburn (9.5%), Casey (C) - Berwick (8.6%) and Knox (C) - South (6.8%).*

Several Inner Melbourne SLAs also recorded strong population growth. These included Melbourne (C) - Inner (36.4%) and Melbourne (C) - Southbank-Docklands (34.3%). But some Inner Melbourne SLAs showed stagnation or decline in population during the year; for example Moreland (C) - Coburg and Moreland (C) - Brunswick declined by 0.7% and 0.6% respectively.

In the rest of Victoria, many regional centres and tourism hotspots recorded strong population growth in the 12 months to 30 June 2000. Highest of these were Greater Bendigo (C) - Strathfieldsaye (5.8%), Surf Coast (S) - East (5.0%), Golden Plains (S) - North-West (4.9%), Mitchell (S) - South (4.2%), Colac-Otway (S) - South (4.1%) and Bass Coast (S) - Phillip Is. (3.8%).

These data are amongst the key findings published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) in its latest report on Victoria's population by age and sex, released today. Overall, Victoria grew by 1.2% during the year to a total population of 4,765,900. The State continues to be home to just on a quarter of Australia’s population.

Melbourne maintains its appeal to younger people, with 15-29 year olds making up 23% of its population. In contrast, the proportion of those aged 65 and over is greater in the rest of the State, particularly in Wimmera where this age group comprises 18.1% of the population.

Victoria's population remained concentrated around the age range of 20-44 years and had a median age of 35.3 years. The proportion of the population aged 0-14 years continued to decrease from 20.9% in 1995 and 20.1% in 1999 to 19.9% in 2000. In contrast, the proportion of the population that is over 65 years continued to rise from 12.3% in 1995 and 12.7% in 1999 to 12.8% in 2000.

Full details and the estimated resident population by age and sex for each Statistical Division, Statistical Subdivision and Statistical Local Area in Victoria can be found in Population by Age and Sex, Victoria (cat. no. 3235.2). If you wish to purchase a copy of this publication contact the ABS Bookshop in your capital city.


*Abbreviations: S= shire; C=city; "Balance" after a geographical name indicates that there is more than one SLA employing the name - e.g. Wyndham (C) - Balance is distinct from Wyndham (C) - Werribee.

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