New Census data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics has revealed Victoria is still leading the nation in population growth.
Victoria grew by 75,000 people during 2011, edging out Australia’s other major states New South Wales (71,000), Western Australia (67,400) and Queensland (66,500).
Victoria’s population presently stands at approximately 5.6 million people, 24.8 per cent of our nation’s total. During the past five years, Wyndham, Melton, Cardinia, Whittlesea and Melbourne were Victoria’s fastest growing regions, surging 44, 39, 30, 24 and 22 per cent respectively.
Victoria did less well in the interstate migration stakes during 2011 where it received only a net increase of 3,300 people. Unsurprisingly, the mining states of Queensland and Western Australia attracted the most interstate movement with 9,600 moving to the north east and 8,400 moving to the far west. New South Wales and South Australia both lost population to their neighbours with each losing 16,000 and 2,300 people respectively.
Members can learn more about the 2011 Census results here.