Latest data shows Melbourne and Sydney have seen greatest population rises

by Ray Clancy on July 31, 2017

in Australia Immigration

Australia is one of the most popular countries in the world for expats with immigration accounting for a large part of the nation’s population growth.

Melbourne and Sydney are the most popular locations for newcomers and these two cities have seen their populations increase the most over the last decade, according to official data published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).


Overall the population in Australia’s state capital cities grew by 2.9 million between June 2006 and June 2016 and this accounted for 77% of the country’s total population growth over the decade.

Melbourne experienced the largest growth of all capital cities, increasing by 964,600 people, followed by Sydney with a rise of 773,600, Brisbane up 452,000 and Perth up 445,100.

Tarneit, in Melbourne’s outer west, was the largest growing area as the population increased by 28,800, followed by Baldivis, an outer southern suburb of Perth with growth of 27,400 people and then the inner city area of Melbourne with a rise 26,200.

Darwin had the fastest population growth of all capital cities between 2006 and 2016, increasing by 29%, followed by Perth with a rise of 28%, Melbourne up 26% and Brisbane up 24%.

A breakdown of the figures shows that over three quarters of population growth in New South Wales between 2006 and 2016 was in Sydney, which also reached the population milestone of five million residents during 2016.

Five of the 10 largest growing areas in Australia between 2006 and 2016 were in Melbourne, while the largest growing area in Queensland was North Lakes Mango Hill in the Moreton Bay region north of Brisbane.

Mawson Lakes – Globe Derby Park in Adelaide’s north was the largest- growing area in South Australia increasing by 8,400 people, followed by Munno Para West – Angle Vale, up by 7,900, and the southern areas of Seaford up 6,800 and Aldinga up 5,700.

Baldivis in Perth was the largest growing area in Western Australia, increasing by 27,400 people. Other areas to experience large growth included Ellenbrook, up by 23,600 people and Forrestdale – Harrisdale – Piara Waters up 18,800.

The largest growing area in Tasmania was Margate – Snug south of Hobart, up by 1,900 people and in the Northern Territory Darwin’s population increased by almost seven times the rate of the rest of the State at 29% and 4.4% respectively.

During the decade the areas with the largest population increases in the Australian Capital Territory were located in the northern outskirts of Canberra. These included Harrison, up by 7,100 people, Bonner up 6,900, Franklin up 6,500, Casey up 5,900 and Crace up 4,500.

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