3218.0 - Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2016 Quality Declaration 
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  • Australia's estimated resident population (ERP) reached 24.2 million at 30 June 2016, increasing by 3.8 million people or 18% in the ten years since 30 June 2006.
  • All states and territories experienced population growth between 2006 and 2016. Victoria had the largest growth in terms of absolute numbers (1.1 million people), followed by New South Wales (996,600) and Queensland (840,900).
  • Western Australia's population grew fastest (that is it had the strongest growth rate) in the ten years to 2016 (mainly due to strong growth between 2006 and 2011), increasing by 25%, followed by Victoria (22%), Queensland (21%), the Australian Capital Territory (20%), Northern Territory (18%) and New South Wales (15%). Tasmania had the slowest growth (5.8%) followed by South Australia (10%).
  • The combined population of Greater Capital Cities increased by 2.9 million people (22%) between 30 June 2006 and 30 June 2016, accounting for 77% of the country's total population growth.
  • Melbourne had the largest growth of all Greater Capital Cities in the ten years to 2016 (964,600), followed by Sydney (773,600), Brisbane (452,000) and Perth (445,100).
  • Darwin had the fastest growth (29%) between 2006 and 2016, ahead of Perth (28%), Melbourne (26%) and Brisbane (24%).


ESTIMATED RESIDENT POPULATION, States and Territories - Greater Capital City Statistical Areas (GCCSAs)

ERP AT 30 JUNE
CHANGE
2006
2016pr
2006-2016pr
GCCSA
no.
no.
no.
%

NSW
Greater Sydney
4 256 161
5 029 768
773 607
18.2
Rest of NSW
2 486 529
2 709 506
222 977
9.0
Total
6 742 690
7 739 274
996 584
14.8
Vic.
Greater Melbourne
3 760 760
4 725 316
964 556
25.6
Rest of Vic.
1 300 506
1 453 933
153 427
11.8
Total
5 061 266
6 179 249
1 117 983
22.1
Qld
Greater Brisbane
1 908 265
2 360 241
451 976
23.7
Rest of Qld
2 099 727
2 488 636
388 909
18.5
Total
4 007 992
4 848 877
840 885
21.0
SA
Greater Adelaide
1 189 243
1 324 279
135 036
11.4
Rest of SA
363 286
388 775
25 489
7.0
Total
1 552 529
1 713 054
160 525
10.3
WA
Greater Perth
1 576 912
2 022 044
445 132
28.2
Rest of WA
473 669
536 907
63 238
13.4
Total
2 050 581
2 558 951
508 370
24.8
Tas.
Greater Hobart
204 753
224 462
19 709
9.6
Rest of Tas.
284 549
293 126
8 577
3.0
Total
489 302
517 588
28 286
5.8
NT
Greater Darwin
113 461
145 916
32 455
28.6
Rest of NT
95 596
99 824
4 228
4.4
Total
209 057
245 740
36 683
17.5
ACT
335 170
403 468
68 298
20.4
Australia(a)
Greater Capital City
13 344 725
16 235 494
2 890 769
21.7
Rest of Australia
7 103 862
7 970 707
866 845
12.2
Total
20 450 966
24 210 809
3 759 843
18.4

(a) Includes Other Territories.

  • Five of the ten Statistical Areas Level 2 (SA2s) with the largest population growth in Australia between 30 June 2006 and 30 June 2016 were suburbs of Greater Melbourne, including Tarneit (up by 28,800 people) in the outer west, the inner city SA2 of Melbourne (26,200) and Cranbourne East (22,600) in the south-east. Other outer-suburban SA2s to experience high growth included Ellenbrook (23,600) in Perth's north-east and Parklea - Kellyville Ridge (22,200) in Sydney's north-west.
  • Forrestdale - Harrisdale - Piara Waters in Perth's south-east had the fastest growth of all SA2s in Australia between 2006 and 2016 (1,480%). This was followed by three outer-suburban SA2s in Greater Melbourne: Doreen in the north-east and Truganina in the west (both 700%) and Cranbourne East (530%).


    SA2s WITH LARGEST AND FASTEST POPULATION GROWTH IN 2006-2016

    ERP AT 30 JUNE
    CHANGE
    2006
    2016pr
    2006-2016pr
    National rank & SA2(a) GCCSA
    no.
    no.
    no.
    %

    LARGEST GROWTH

    1 TarneitGreater Melbourne
    7 740
    36 532
    28 792
    372.0
    2 BaldivisGreater Perth
    6 936
    34 287
    27 351
    394.3
    3 MelbourneGreater Melbourne
    15 249
    41 473
    26 224
    172.0
    4 EllenbrookGreater Perth
    13 671
    37 251
    23 580
    172.5
    5 Cranbourne EastGreater Melbourne
    4 230
    26 826
    22 596
    534.2
    6 Parklea - Kellyville RidgeGreater Sydney
    11 498
    33 702
    22 204
    193.1
    7 North Lakes - Mango HillGreater Brisbane
    9 157
    31 141
    21 984
    240.1
    8 TruganinaGreater Melbourne
    3 128
    24 977
    21 849
    698.5
    9 DoreenGreater Melbourne
    2 733
    21 904
    19 171
    701.5
    10 Forrestdale - Harrisdale - Piara WatersGreater Perth
    1 276
    20 111
    18 835
    1 476.1

    FASTEST GROWTH (b)

    1 Forrestdale - Harrisdale - Piara WatersGreater Perth
    1 276
    20 111
    18 835
    1 476.1
    2 DoreenGreater Melbourne
    2 733
    21 904
    19 171
    701.5
    3 TruganinaGreater Melbourne
    3 128
    24 977
    21 849
    698.5
    4 Cranbourne EastGreater Melbourne
    4 230
    26 826
    22 596
    534.2
    5 PimpamaRest of Qld
    1 728
    9 620
    7 892
    456.7
    6 BaldivisGreater Perth
    6 936
    34 287
    27 351
    394.3
    7 TarneitGreater Melbourne
    7 740
    36 532
    28 792
    372.0
    8 Peregian SpringsRest of Qld
    1 662
    7 607
    5 945
    357.7
    9 Rosebery - BellamackGreater Darwin
    1 607
    7 062
    5 455
    339.5
    10 Bertram - Wellard (West)Greater Perth
    3 624
    14 610
    10 986
    303.1

    (a) National Rank based on population change between June 2006 and June 2016. See paragraphs 24 and 25 of the Explanatory Notes.
    (b) Excludes SA2s with a population of less than 1,000 at June 2006.


POPULATION CHANGE BY SA2, Australia - 2006-2016
Map of Population change by SA2, Australia, 2006-16