Australian Bureau Of Statistics
Stronger Growth In Net Overseas Migration
Victor P Taffa
Australia is experiencing its fastest growth in Net Overseas Migration (NOM) in four years, according to the latest figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
ABS Demography Director Beidar Cho said that in the year ending 30 September 2016, NOM increased by almost 9 %, adding 193,200 people to the Australian population.
“This is in contrast to the declines of NOM of over 10 % experienced during 2014 and early 2015.” Ms. Cho said.
“The current growth of NOM is well short of the record during 2009, when over 300,000 people were added to the population.”
Compared with last year, Queensland had the fastest growing NOM, increasing by 19 %. New South Wales and Victoria remain popular destinations for migrants, growing by 11 % and 13 % respectively. Tasmania was the only other state or territory to see an increase of NOM compared to last year, increasing by 9 %.
Overall, Australia’s population grew by 348,700 people to reach 24.2 Million by the end of September 2016.
Net overseas migration added 193,200 people to the population, and accounted for 55 % of Australia’s total population growth.
Natural increase contributed 155,500 additional people to Australia’s population, made up of 315,000 births and 159,500 deaths.
Over the year, net overseas migration was the major contributor to population change in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia, whilst natural increase was the major contributor in all other states and territories.