3101.0 - Australian Demographic Statistics, Dec 2017 Quality Declaration 
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DECEMBER KEY FIGURES

Population at end Dec qtr 2017
Change over previous year
Change over previous year
PRELIMINARY DATA
'000
'000
%

New South Wales
7 915.1
116.8
1.5
Victoria
6 385.8
143.4
2.3
Queensland
4 965.0
81.5
1.7
South Australia
1 728.1
10.7
0.6
Western Australia
2 584.8
21.4
0.8
Tasmania
524.7
4.9
0.9
Northern Territory
246.7
0.6
0.2
Australian Capital Territory
415.9
8.8
2.2
Australia(a)
24 770.7
388.0
1.6

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


DECEMBER KEY POINTS


ESTIMATED RESIDENT POPULATION
  • The preliminary estimated resident population (ERP) of Australia at 31 December 2017 was 24,770,700 people. This is an increase of 388,000 people since 31 December 2016, and 68,700 people since 30 September 2017.
  • The preliminary estimate of natural increase for the year ended 31 December 2017 (147,500 people) was 0.9%, or 1,300 people higher than the natural increase recorded for the year ended 31 December 2016 (146,300 people).
  • The preliminary estimate of net overseas migration (NOM) for the year ended 31 December 2017 (240,400 people) was 1.4%, or 3,400 people lower than the net overseas migration recorded for the year ended 31 December 2016 (243,800 people).

Graph Image for Population growth, Quarterly

Source(s): Australian Demographic Statistics, December quarter 2017




POPULATION GROWTH RATES
  • Australia's population grew by 1.6% during the year ended 31 December 2017.
  • Natural increase and NOM contributed 38.0% and 62.0% respectively to total population growth for the year ended 31 December 2017.
  • All states and territories recorded positive population growth in the year ended 31 December 2017.
  • Victoria recorded the highest growth rate of all states and territories at 2.3%. The Northern Territory recorded the lowest growth rate at 0.2%.

Graph Image for Population growth rate, Year ended 31 December 2017

Source(s): Australian Demographic Statistics, December quarter 2017