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Australia’s Net Overseas Migration Still Dropping

Victor P Taffa

Net overseas migration continued to decline to the end of March 2010, according to preliminary figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). The preliminary net overseas migration estimate for the March quarter 2010 (61,800 people) was 37.0% below the historical high recorded for March quarter 2009 (98,100 people).

 

 

Australia’s population reached 22,272,000 by the end of March 2010, with an increase of 403,100 people over the year. Net overseas migration accounted for 60% of this growth, with the remaining 40% due to natural increase (births minus deaths). The population growth rate was 1.8%, down from its peak of 2.2% in March 2009.

Based on preliminary figures, there were 303,500 births registered in the year ending March 2010, 3.1% more than the previous year. The number of deaths registered over the same period was 141,800, 1.1% fewer than the previous year.

Western Australia continued to record the fastest population growth rate at 2.3%, followed by Queensland (2.2%), Victoria (2.0%), the Northern Territory (1.9%), the Australian Capital Territory (1.8%), New South Wales (1.6%), South Australia (1.3%) and Tasmania (0.9%).

Population at end Mar qtr 2010

Change over previous year

Change over previous year

PRELIMINARY DATA

‘000

‘000

%


New South Wales

7, 221.0

111.3

1.6

Victoria

5, 529.4

106.8

2.0

Queensland

4, 498.9

97.1

2.2

South Australia

1, 640.7

21.0

1.3

Western Australia

2, 286.1

51.6

2.3

Tasmania

507.1

4.6

0.9

Northern Territory

228.5

4.2

1.9

Australian Capital Territory

357.7

6.4

1.8

Australia(a)

22, 271.9

403.1

1.8


(a) Includes Other Territories comprising Jervis Bay Territory, Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

 

MARCH KEY POINTS

ESTIMATED RESIDENT POPULATION

  • The preliminary estimated resident population (ERP) of Australia at 31 March 2010 was 22,272,000 persons. This was an increase of 403,100 persons (1.8%) since 31 March 2009 and 106,400 persons since 31 December 2009.
  • Preliminary natural increase recorded for the year ended 31 March 2010 (161,700) was 7% (or 10,600 persons) higher than the natural increase recorded for the year ended 31 March 2009 (151,100).
  • Preliminary net overseas migration recorded for the year ended 31 March 2010 (241,400) was 25% (or 79,000 persons) lower than the net overseas migration recorded for the year ended 31 March 2009 (320,400).

POPULATION GROWTH RATES

  • Australia’s population grew by 1.8% during the 12 months ended 31 March 2010. The growth rate has been declining since the peak of 2.2% for the year ended 31 March 2009.
  • Natural increase and net overseas migration contributed 40% and 60% respectively to total population growth.
  • All states and territories experienced positive population growth over the 12 months ended 31 March 2010. Western Australia recorded the largest percentage gain (2.3%) and Tasmania the smallest (0.9%).
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