Aust Hits 25mil, Led By Victoria

Posted on 28/03/2019  
Aust Hits 25mil, Led By Victoria

The latest Australian Demographic Statistics report by the ABS shows that Australia’s population at 30 September 2018 was 25.1 million, up 1.5% over the year.

Net overseas migration of 240,100 comprised 61% of the growth, but was lower than the net migration of 259,400 recorded in the previous year.

ABS demography director Anthony Grubb says 395,100 people were added to the population in the year ending September 2018, compared to 407,000 people in the year before.

“The growth rates varied across the states and territories,” he says. “Victoria continued to have the fastest growth at 2.2% - New South Wales grew 1.5% and reached 8 million people.”

Victoria added 140,000 people over the period, boosting its population to 6.5 million. The state’s net overseas migration was 84,827 and it had a net inflow of 13,985 people due to interstate movement.

The report says Chinese-born people are now the nation’s second biggest migrant group, edging out New Zealanders for the first time. A surge in Chinese arrivals in recent years saw their number rise to 606,450 as of mid-2017 — up 220,000 compared to the same time in 2011.

While there were marginally more New Zealanders than Chinese in 2016, Chinese arrivals are now the second largest migrant group, behind the English who number 997,830, according to the ABS report.

The English-born community has decreased slightly in recent years as new arrivals fail to keep pace with the death of older members and those leaving Australia.

Another fast-rising migrant group is the Indian-born, which grew from 337,120 in 2011 to 537,780 in 2017.

The next biggest groups are Filipinos (265,800), Vietnamese (250,490), Italians (191,510) and South Africans (185,390).

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