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Australian Bureau Of Statistics

Australia’s Population Exceeds 22 Million

Victor P Taffa

Australia’s population reached 22,066,000 as at 30 September 2009, according to figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. This is an increase of 451,900 people over the previous year, keeping the growth rate high at 2.1%.

The majority of this growth (66%) was due to net overseas migration, with the remainder (34%) due to natural increase (the excess of births over deaths).

 

The total number of births registered for the year ending 30 September 2009 was 296,300, 0.3% fewer than the previous year. The total number of deaths registered over the same period was 141,800, 0.3% more than the previous year.

Preliminary figures show that net overseas migration for the September quarter 2009 (72,300 people) was 1,600 people lower than for the September quarter 2008 (73,800).

For the year ended September 2009, net overseas migration was 297,400 people, 3.1% or 9,000 people higher than the previous year.

Population at end Sept qtr 2009

Change over previous year

Change over previous year

PRELIMINARY DATA

‘000

‘000

%


New South Wales

7, 165.4

117.0

1.7

Victoria

5, 473.3

117.9

2.2

Queensland

4,450.4

115.2

2.7

South Australia

1, 629.5

20.9

1.3

Western Australia

2, 259.5

64.3

2.9

Tasmania

504.4

5.0

1.0

Northern Territory

227.0

5.1

2.3

Australian Capital Territory

353.6

6.5

1.9

Australia(a)

22, 065.7

451.9

2.1


(a) Includes Other Territories.

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