The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has reported that net overseas migration rates are rising again.
Spokesman for the ABS, Bjorn Jarvis said net overseas migration added 238,300 people to Australia's population in the year to March 2013, around a five-year average.
"We're now seeing migration climbing steadily to rates last seen in 2009, though it's still well below the record high of 316,000 in 2008.”
He said Australia's population reached 23 million at the end of March and grew by an annual rate of 1.8 per cent (or 397,400 people). Net overseas migration accounted for 60 per cent of Australia's growth, with the remaining 40 per cent due to natural increase.
Net overseas migration accounts for almost two thirds, or 63 per cent, of Western Australia's population growth.
Western Australia’s population nudged 2.5 million people at the end of March and grew at an annual rate of 3.4 per cent (or 82,600 people).
In contrast, he said the lowest growth rate was in Tasmania, where the population increased by just 0.1 per cent (or 600 people) to reach 512,900 people.
Mr Jarvis said Victoria had the highest rise in natural birth increases for the year ending 31 March, increasing by 7.8 per cent (or 3,000 people), compared to the previous year.
“Nationally, the number of births increased by 1.2 per cent over the past year whilst the number of deaths increased by 1.7 per cent,” he said.
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Edition 381, 1 October 2013 2013