Australia’s population touches 22.5m

Australia is now home to more than 22.5 million people. By end of March 2001, there were 22,546,300 Australian residents, an increase of 1.4 per in one year. It can also be added that migrants are helping to boost the population numbers.

However, the annual rise of 312,400 more people, was the slowest in five years, Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) preliminary figures released today show.

Net overseas migrants, the number of those arriving minus those who departed, accounted for 54 per cent of the annual growth. The natural increase, reflecting births minus deaths, accounted for 46 per cent.

There was a four per cent increase in the number of registered deaths (146,600), compared to decrease of registered births (291,800).

Western Australia continued to record the fastest population growth rate of 2.2 per cent, while the Northern Territory recorded the slowest at 0.4 per cent.

The state of New South Wales has the most residents, with just over seven million people, followed by Victoria, with just over 5.5 million residents and Queensland, with more than 4.5 million residents.