POPULATION growth in Australia between June 2001 and June 2011 was strongest in the outer suburbs, with the five areas with the largest growth all on the outskirts of Melbourne, according to figures released last week by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
Australia's estimated resident population reached 22.3 million at 30 June 2011, increasing by 2.9 million people or 15 per cent since 30 June 2001. The greatest increases occurred in Australia's three most populous states: Queensland (up by 845,200 people); Victoria (729,800); and New South Wales (636,300).
The five areas with the nation's largest growth were South Morang (up 32,200 people). Point Cook, Caroline Springs and Tarneit in Melbourne's west followed, each with growth of more than 20,000 people, followed by Craigieburn - Mickleham (19,200).
In other cities, Parklea - Kellyville Ridge, on the north-western fringes of Sydney had the largest population growth, up 18,700 people. Ellenbrook, to the north-east of Perth's central business district, increased by 17,700 people.
Regional Population Growth, Australia, June 2001 - June 2011: Highlights
New South Wales
Three-quarters of population growth in NSW was in Sydney. The areas with the largest growth were Parklea - Kellyville Ridge (up 18,700 people) and Kellyville (11,900), both in Sydney's north-west growth corridor.
Melbourne had the largest growth of all capital cities (up 647,200 people), with growth in Melbourne's outer suburbs contributing the most to Victoria's population growth.
Brisbane's population increased by 25 per cent, the second fastest capital city growth. Springfield Lakes, in Brisbane's south, grew from zero population in 2001 to 10,600 people in 2011.
Pooraka, in Adelaide's north (up 10,100 people) and inner-city Adelaide (7,000) had the largest population growth. Munno Para West - Angle Vale, also in Adelaide's north, was the fastest-growing area, increasing by 125 per cent to 7,900 people.
Perth had the fastest growth of all capital cities in Australia (26 per cent), with most of this growth in the outer suburban fringes of the city. The Pilbara had the largest and fastest population increase (23,300 people or 59 per cent) of any region outside of Perth.
Tasmania was the only state or territory where growth in the capital city (18,000 people) was smaller than for the rest of the state (21,400). The areas with the fastest growth were Brighton - Pontville (up 55 per cent), Margate - Snug (37 per cent) and Austins Ferry - Granton (36 per cent), all in Hobart.
Darwin's population increased at nearly twice the rate (21 per cent) of the rest of the NT (12 per cent). The areas with the largest growth were Darwin City, Rosebery - Bellamack and Palmerston - North (all increasing by 3,000 people).
Australian Capital Territory
The population of the northern regions grew by 46,000 people, while the south only grew by 2,400. Gungahlin had the largest growth of all regions, more than doubling from 24,400 to 49,700 people.
More information on the release, Regional Population 2011, is available from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) website at <http://www.abs.gov.au/>.