Population growth slows in 2010

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Australia's annual population growth rate slowed to 1.5% in 2010, down from the 2008 high of 2.2%.

New figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) have revealed that AUstralia's population grew by 325,500 people in 2010 to reach a total of 22.4m. This fall continues the slide in population growth from the peak levels of 2008, and is the lowest growth since 2006.

Net overseas migration accounted for 53% of the 2010 growth, with the remaining 47% due to natural increase. The ABS added that net overseas migration  continued to decline, with 2010 figures was 35% lower than that for December 2009.

Western Australia continued to record the fastest population growth rate at 2.1%, while Tasmania and the Northern Territory recorded the slowest growth rates (0.8%). The growth rates for each state were as follows:

  • New South Wales: 1.2%
  • Victoria: 1.6%
  • Queensland: 1.7%
  • South Australia: 1%
  • Western Australia: 2.1%
  • Tasmania: 0.8%
  • Northern Territory: 0.8%
  • Australian Capital Territory: 2%

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