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The latest statistics from the ABS show that Australia’s resident population reached 22.62 million last year, increasing by 320,800 people over the last twelve months. 

This represents an annual growth rate of 1.4%, the lowest since 2006 and lower than the annual average growth rate of 1.8% over the five years to June 2011.

This is one of the reasons why new housing starts have been in the dumps in recent years. Not enough people are moving to Oz.

All states and territories experienced population growth in 2010-11, with the largest population increases continuing to be in Australia’s three most populous states. Victoria had the greatest growth (up by 84,200 people), followed by New South Wales (82,200) and Queensland (74,800). This is only the third time in the last 10 years that Queensland has not had the largest growth of all states and territories.

Queensland has been broken for some time. Business and residents need legitimate reasons – other than the nice weather – to move to the Sunshine State.  The LNP whitewash at the State Election will hopefully get the ball rolling in this regard.

More than 14.5 million people, close to two-thirds of Australia’s population, reside in the eight capital cities, and the combined population of the capital city/urban areas increased by over 224,000 over the last 12 months.

Melbourne recorded the largest growth of all capitals, increasing by 67,000 people, followed by Sydney (60,000), Perth (43,000), and Brisbane (35,000).  Population growth in Melbourne equated to an average increase of close to 1,300 people per week, while the population of Sydney increased by over 1,100 people per week.

When factoring in the Gold and Sunshine Coasts plus out west to Toowoomba, South East Queensland’s population increased by 52,000 people last year or by 1,000 people per week.  Just under three million people (2,965,000) now live across the south-east corner of the state.

Many local government areas which had large and/or rapid growth were located on or near the boundaries of capital cities, where more land tends to be available for subdivision and housing development.  

In Melbourne, the population of outer suburban Wyndham increased by 12,200 or 7.8%.  This was both the largest and fastest increase of all Victorian municipalities and the fastest in the country.  Strong growth was also experienced in Whittlesea (up 8,700 people or 5.6%) and Melton (6,000 people or 5.6%).