Perth revealed as 2011 Census data is released

21 June 2012 | WA/57

The changing face of Perth was revealed today as the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released the first results of the 2011 Census of Population and Housing.

The results show that the new Census population of Greater Perth is 1,728,867, up from 1,512,105 in 2006 – an increase of 14.3 per cent.

The data also shows that the local government area with the biggest growth in Greater Perth is Wanneroo, which now has 152,076 people up from 110,940 in 2006 – a rise of 37.1 per cent.

Housing in Greater Perth has also seen some significant changes over the past five years with median household weekly rents up to $320 from $180 in 2006, an increase of 77.8 per cent. Median monthly household mortgage repayments also increased to $2,000 from $1,300 in 2006, an increase of 53.8 per cent.

ABS Western Australian Regional Director, Jacky Hodges, said the 2011 Census was a great success and the results released today will help shape the future of Australia over the next five years.

“Census information is used to allocate government funding for all areas of Australia, including Perth, and to plan vital services and infrastructure that we all use in our communities every day,” Ms Hodges said.

“The Census provides a snapshot of the city, including data on topics such as age, education, income, housing, transport, religion, ethnicity and more.”

Ms Hodges added that Australia’s richest source of statistical information is now available freely online.

“Census data is available for free on the ABS website, where you can find new, easy-to-use tools, including QuickStats, that make searching Census data quick and easy.”

Data from the 2011 Census of Population and Housing is now available on the ABS website. Visit www.abs.gov.au/census.