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Migration drops for half of states and territories in Australia

by Ray Clancy on December 18, 2014

in Australia Immigration

Population growth due to overseas migration slowed in many parts of Australia in the 12 months to June of this year, according to the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

It has fallen in Queensland, Western Australia, the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory compared with the previous 12 months.

Population growth has fallen in Queensland, Western Australia, the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory

Population gains from migration were lower by almost 20,000 people for Western Australia, or a drop of close to 40%. Similarly, Queensland saw a fall of nearly 10,000 people, or 24%, while the Northern Territory was down 2,000 people, or 40% and the Australian Capital Territory down 700 people, or 25%.

However, New South Wales and Victoria continued to experience growth in net overseas migration, adding 6,300 people in New South Wales and 2,300 people in Victoria.

Although Western Australia continued to have the fastest overall population growth rate at 2.2% in the year to June 2014, this is down by more than one percentage point from the previous year and it’s the state’s lowest growth rate in eight years.

The Northern Territory’s growth rate also dropped from 2.8% in June 2013 to just 1% in 2014. This was partly due to a record net interstate migration loss, according to said Denise Carlton from the ABS.

The data also shows that Australia’s total population increased by 364,900 people to reach 23.5 million by the end of June 2014, an increase of 1.6%.

Natural increase contributed 152,200 people to Australia’s population, comprised of 300,900 births, down 3.3% on the previous year, and 148,700 deaths, 0.3% lower than the previous year.

Overseas migration contributed 212,700 people to the population, which was 9.7% lower than the previous year, and accounted for 58% of Australia’s total population growth.

The figures also reveal how fast the number of people aged 65 years and over are growing. ‘Over the last 20 years, this group has grown by 65%, more than double the rate of increase for the working age population and four times faster than children,’ said Carlton.

‘Because of this, Australia’s median age has increased by four years over the last 20 years, from 33.4 years in 1994 to 37.3 years in 2014,’ she added.

Tasmania remained the country’s oldest state with a median age of 41.6 years, while the Northern Territory is the youngest with a median age of 31.8.

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