National, state and territory population, December 2021

Centre for Population analysis of the National, state and territory population publication from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)

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The Estimated Resident Population (ERP) of Australia grew by 0.2 per cent in the December 2021 quarter.

This is the first positive quarter of net overseas migration since the beginning of the pandemic, following a relaxation of international travel restrictions from 1 November 2021.

Queensland had the fastest growing population over 2021, followed by Western Australia and Tasmania. Population growth in New South Wales and the Northern Territory was slow, while the Victorian population declined.

There were large outflows of net interstate migration from New South Wales and Victoria, while Queensland and Western Australia received large inflows of interstate migrants.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has rebased Australia’s ERP to the 2021 Census of Population and Housing. For analysis of the rebased population estimates please see Rebasing of Australia’s population estimates using the 2021 Census.

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