The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has just released its latest population figures, and it shows Australia’s population growth rate for the 2010 calender year slowing to only 1.5%, 0.7% below the peak growth rate of 2.2% reached in the 2008 calender year.
Here’s the ABS media release and summary data relating to the release:
Australia’s annual population growth rate slowed to 1.5% for the year ending December 2010, according to preliminary figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). This is down from a peak growth rate of 2.2% in the year ending December 2008.
Australia’s population reached 22,477,400 people at the end of December 2010, growing by 325,500 people over the year. This is down from the previous year where the population grew by 421,300 people, and is the lowest growth since the year ending December 2006 when an increase of 316,200 people was recorded.
Net overseas migration accounted for 53% of the growth for the year ending December 2010, with the remaining 47% due to natural increase (births minus deaths). Net overseas migration continued to decline to the end of December 2010. The preliminary net overseas migration estimate for the year ending December 2010 (171,100 people) was 35% lower than that for December 2009 (264,200 people).
Natural increase for the year ending December 2010 declined 2,800 people when compared to the previous year. This is due to a 2% increase in the number of registered deaths (143,500 deaths), while the number of registered births (297,900 births) remained steady.
Western Australia continued to record the fastest population growth rate at 2.1%, while both Tasmania and the Northern Territory recorded the slowest growth rate (0.8%).
DECEMBER KEY POINTS
ESTIMATED RESIDENT POPULATION
- The preliminary estimated resident population (ERP) of Australia at 31 December 2010 was 22,477,400 persons. This was an increase of 325,500 persons since 31 December 2009 and 69,700 persons since 30 September 2010.
- The increase for the year ended 31 December 2010 was the lowest recorded since the year ended 31 December 2006 (316,200 persons).
- The preliminary natural increase recorded for the year ended 31 December 2010 (154,400 persons) was 1.8%, or 2,800 persons, lower than the natural increase recorded for the year ended 31 December 2009 (157,200 persons).
- The preliminary net overseas migration recorded for the year ended 31 December 2010 (171,100 persons) was 35%, or 93,100 persons, lower than the net overseas migration recorded for the year ended 31 December 2009 (264,200 persons).
POPULATION GROWTH RATES
- Australia’s population grew by 1.5% during the year ended 31 December 2010. The growth rate has been declining since the peak of 2.2% for the year ended 31 December 2008 and was the lowest growth rate since the year ended 30 September 2006.
- Natural increase and net overseas migration contributed 47% and 53% respectively to total population growth for the year ended 31 December 2010.
- All states and territories experienced positive population growth for the year ended 31 December 2010. Western Australia recorded the fastest growth (2.1%) and Tasmania and the Northern Territory the slowest (both 0.8%).