Population growth figures not looking too good

Population growth figures not looking too good

Posted on Friday, September 25 2015 at 11:48 AM

Australia’s population growth rate has slowed to a rate last seen nearly 10 years ago, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

“In the year to March 2015, Australia’s population growth rate continued
to slow from its peak in 2008-09 and is now just below the 20-year average
growth rate,” Denise Carlton from the ABS says.

“The Northern Territory recorded its lowest growth rate in 11 years, at
0.2 per cent for the year ending March 2015. This is 80 per cent lower than
that of March 2014.

“Net interstate migration losses were the greatest contributor to this
slower growth, with the territory recording its largest ever interstate
migration loss in the year to March 2015,” she adds.

“Western Australia also recorded slower growth. In the past two years, net
overseas migration to the state has dropped by 71 per cent, while net
interstate migration has dropped to the point where the state has seen a net
interstate loss.

This has not been seen in over 10 years in this state.

“Victoria and Queensland were the only states recording a net gain from
interstate migration,” Carlton says.

Australia’s population grew by 316,000 people (1.4 per cent) to reach 23.7
million by the end of March 2015. 

Net overseas migration contributed 173,100 people to the population, which is a
rather worrying 16 per cent lower than the previous year, and accounted for 55
per cent of Australia’s total population growth.

Victoria continues to have the fastest population growth rate in the country,
growing by 1.7 per cent (97,500 people).

Over the year, natural increase contributed 142,900 people to Australia’s
population, made up of 298,400 births (3 per cent lower than the previous year)
and 155,500 deaths (4 per cent higher than the previous year). 

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