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3218.0 - Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2007-08 Quality Declaration 
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VICTORIA



STATE SUMMARY

GROWTH IN MELBOURNE

GROWTH IN REGIONAL VICTORIA

POPULATION DECLINE

CENTRES OF POPULATION

LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA POPULATIONS


STATE SUMMARY

Victoria's estimated resident population at 30 June 2008 was 5.31 million people, an increase of 92,500 people since June 2007. The 2007-08 growth rate of 1.8% was higher than the average annual growth rate (1.5%) for the five years to June 2008.

SLA POPULATION CHANGE, Victoria - 2007-08
Diagram: SLA population change, Victoria, 2007-08


GROWTH IN MELBOURNE

At June 2008 there were an estimated 3.9 million people residing in the Melbourne SD, an increase of 74,600 people or 2.0% since June 2007. Melbourne SD experienced the largest growth of all Australian capital city SDs for the year to June 2008.

Melbourne SD accounted for 81% of Victoria's population growth between June 2007 and June 2008, and was home to 73% of Victoria's population.


Growth in the outer suburbs

Victoria's largest population growth continued to occur in the outer suburban fringes of the Melbourne SD. Wyndham (C), located to the south-west of Melbourne's city centre, experienced the largest increase of Victorian LGAs, increasing by 8,900 people in 2007-08. Almost half of this growth occurred in the SLA of Wyndham (C) - North.

Casey (C), located to the south-east of Melbourne city, experienced the second-largest growth of Victorian LGAs in 2007-08, increasing by 8,000 people, followed by Melton (S), west of Melbourne city, which increased by 6,000 people.

Wyndham (C) also experienced the fastest growth (7.2%) of all Victorian LGAs. Other LGAs on the suburban fringes of Melbourne that grew quickly included Melton (S) (7.0%), Cardinia (S) (5.5%), which is south-east of Melbourne city, and Whittlesea (C) (4.0%) to the north.


Growth in the inner city

Melbourne (C) had the sixth-largest increase of all LGAs in Victoria in 2007-08 (3,500 people) and continued to experience fast growth with an annual growth rate of 4.1%. However, this was lower than the average annual rate of 6.1% for the five years to June 2008. Within Melbourne (C), the SLA of Melbourne (C) - Remainder grew by 1,700 people (3.0%), Melbourne (C) - Southbank-Docklands by 1,100 people (7.0%) and Melbourne (C) - Inner by 730 people (5.5%).

GROWTH IN REGIONAL VICTORIA

In the year to June 2008, the population of the balance of Victoria increased by 17,900 (1.3%) to 1.4 million people.


Statistical Divisions

During this period, all SDs experienced population growth. The fastest growth occurred in the SDs of Barwon (1.6%), Central Highlands and Gippsland (both 1.5%). The populations in both Loddon SD and East Gippsland SD increased by 1.3%.


Local Government Areas

Within regional Victoria, the LGA of Greater Geelong (C), located south-west of Melbourne, experienced the largest increase in population (3,000 people) for the year to June 2008. This was followed by Ballarat (C) (1,800 people), which is west of Melbourne, and Greater Bendigo (C) (1,600 people) in central Victoria.

The fastest population growth in regional Victoria during 2007-08 continued to occur along the coast. The LGA of Surf Coast (S), covering areas such as Torquay along the Great Ocean Road, experienced the fastest growth in regional Victoria, with an increase of 3.6%. Bass Coast (S), incorporating areas such as Phillip Island, was the second-fastest, increasing by 2.3%, followed by Queenscliffe (B) (2.2%), a small LGA on the coast to the east of Geelong.

LGAs WITH LARGEST AND FASTEST POPULATION GROWTH, Victoria

ERP at 30 June
Population Change
2008p
2007r-2008p
LGA
no.
no.
%

LARGEST GROWTH

Wyndham (C)
132 800
8 900
7.2
Casey (C)
238 300
8 000
3.5
Melton (S)
92 500
6 000
7.0
Whittlesea (C)
139 300
5 400
4.0
Hume (C)
162 300
3 900
2.5

FASTEST GROWTH

Wyndham (C)
132 800
8 900
7.2
Melton (S)
92 500
6 000
7.0
Cardinia (S)
64 300
3 400
5.5
Melbourne (C)
89 800
3 500
4.1
Whittlesea (C)
139 300
5 400
4.0



POPULATION DECLINE

In the year to June 2008, all Victorian LGAs that experienced a decline in population were in regional Victoria. The fastest population declines (0.7%) occurred in Yarriambiack (S) and Hindmarsh (S), which are predominately agricultural areas in north-west Victoria. The populations of Buloke (S), also in north-west Victoria in the Mallee area, and Benalla (RC), in north-east Victoria, declined by 0.5%.

LGAs WITH LARGEST AND FASTEST POPULATION DECLINE, Victoria

ERP at 30 June
Population Change
2008p
2007r-2008p
LGA
no.
no.
%

LARGEST DECLINE

Benalla (RC)
14 000
-70
-0.5
Yarriambiack (S)
7 700
-50
-0.7
Hindmarsh (S)
6 200
-40
-0.7
Northern Grampians (S)
12 300
-40
-0.3
Buloke (S)
7 100
-30
-0.5

FASTEST DECLINE

Hindmarsh (S)
6 200
-40
-0.7
Yarriambiack (S)
7 700
-50
-0.7
Buloke (S)
7 100
-30
-0.5
Benalla (RC)
14 000
-70
-0.5
West Wimmera (S)
4 600
-20
-0.3



CENTRES OF POPULATION

Victoria's centre of population at June 2008 was in the Melbourne LGA of Moreland (C), reflecting the high proportion of the Victorian population living in the state's capital. In the five years to June 2008, Victoria's centre of population moved around 0.6 kilometres south, edging closer to the inner city of Melbourne.

At June 2008, the centre of population for the Melbourne SD was in the suburb of Glen Iris, in the middle of the Monash Freeway.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA POPULATIONS, Victoria

Local Government Area
Estimated Resident Population at
30 June 2008
Change over previous
year
Change over previous
year (%)

Alpine (S)
12 690
114
0.9
Ararat (RC)
11 752
34
0.3
Ballarat (C)
91 787
1 800
2.0
Banyule (C)
121 409
833
0.7
Bass Coast (S)
28 802
648
2.3
Baw Baw (S)
40 114
784
2.0
Bayside (C)
94 618
1 494
1.6
Benalla (RC)
14 021
-65
-0.5
Boroondara (C)
165 393
2 011
1.2
Brimbank (C)
181 115
2 987
1.7
Buloke (S)
7 051
-33
-0.5
Campaspe (S)
38 339
450
1.2
Cardinia (S)
64 310
3 366
5.5
Casey (C)
238 336
8 014
3.5
Central Goldfields (S)
12 766
34
0.3
Colac-Otway (S)
21 448
178
0.8
Corangamite (S)
17 270
29
0.2
Darebin (C)
137 360
1 808
1.3
East Gippsland (S)
42 742
617
1.5
Frankston (C)
125 728
2 211
1.8
Gannawarra (S)
11 630
-29
-0.2
Glen Eira (C)
133 807
2 006
1.5
Glenelg (S)
20 871
166
0.8
Golden Plains (S)
17 681
341
2.0
Greater Bendigo (C)
100 054
1 598
1.6

Local Government Area
Estimated Resident Population at
30 June 2008
Change over previous
year
Change over previous
year (%)

Greater Dandenong (C)
135 243
1 905
1.4
Greater Geelong (C)
211 841
2 980
1.4
Greater Shepparton (C)
61 014
852
1.4
Hepburn (S)
14 489
170
1.2
Hindmarsh (S)
6 179
-44
-0.7
Hobsons Bay (C)
86 121
369
0.4
Horsham (RC)
19 648
196
1.0
Hume (C)
162 260
3 926
2.5
Indigo (S)
15 710
194
1.3
Kingston (C)
143 727
1 877
1.3
Knox (C)
153 988
901
0.6
Latrobe (C)
73 982
899
1.2
Loddon (S)
8 073
-23
-0.3
Macedon Ranges (S)
40 939
505
1.2
Manningham (C)
116 983
769
0.7
Mansfield (S)
7 691
133
1.8
Maribyrnong (C)
69 825
1 728
2.5
Maroondah (C)
104 297
956
0.9
Melbourne (C)
89 759
3 522
4.1
Melton (S)
92 465
6 016
7.0
Mildura (RC)
53 122
603
1.1
Mitchell (S)
33 374
504
1.5
Moira (S)
28 752
328
1.2
Monash (C)
172 740
1 810
1.1
Moonee Valley (C)
108 909
1 369
1.3

Local Government Area
Estimated Resident Population at
30 June 2008
Change over previous
year
Change over previous
year (%)

Moorabool (S)
27 247
301
1.1
Moreland (C)
145 900
1 412
1.0
Mornington Peninsula (S)
145 356
2 326
1.6
Mount Alexander (S)
18 116
196
1.1
Moyne (S)
16 405
213
1.3
Murrindindi (S)
14 369
114
0.8
Nillumbik (S)
63 181
537
0.9
Northern Grampians (S)
12 322
-38
-0.3
Port Phillip (C)
93 752
1 409
1.5
Pyrenees (S)
6 800
-1
0.0
Queenscliffe (B)
3 256
70
2.2
South Gippsland (S)
27 165
246
0.9
Southern Grampians (S)
17 451
58
0.3
Stonnington (C)
97 711
1 387
1.4
Strathbogie (S)
9 855
74
0.8
Surf Coast (S)
24 442
843
3.6
Swan Hill (RC)
21 765
131
0.6
Towong (S)
6 273
18
0.3
Wangaratta (RC)
28 117
438
1.6
Warrnambool (C)
32 712
458
1.4
Wellington (S)
42 576
498
1.2
West Wimmera (S)
4 597
-16
-0.3
Whitehorse (C)
153 407
1 227
0.8
Whittlesea (C)
139 250
5 353
4.0
Wodonga (RC)
35 064
382
1.1

Local Government Area
Estimated Resident Population at
30 June 2008
Change over previous
year
Change over previous
year (%)

Wyndham (C)
132 793
8 874
7.2
Yarra (C)
76 402
1 274
1.7
Yarra Ranges (S)
146 886
939
0.6
Yarriambiack (S)
7 658
-51
-0.7
Unincorporated Vic
770
0
0.0
TOTAL VICTORIA
5 313 823
92 513
1.8

(B) Borough
(C) City
(RC) Rural City
(S) Shire
Estimates for 2008 are preliminary.
Source: Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2007–08 (cat. no. 3218.0).


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