Migration accounted for more than 60 per cent of Australia’s population growth in the 12 months to September 2017. (ABC News: Michael Barnett)
Australia’s population grew by another 1.6 per cent to 24.7 million in the 12 months to the end of September 2017, adding another person every 1 minute and 26 seconds.
At that rate, the population should have broken through 25 million sometime before Christmas last year.
Victoria continues to fuel Australia’s population increase, growing at 2.4 per cent over the year, while New South Wales — the most populous state — grew in line with the national average.
Queensland grew marginally above the national average and should break through 5 million residents by the time fourth-quarter numbers are published.
Nationally, net overseas migration added 250,100 people to the population and accounted for 63 per cent of Australia’s total population growth, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said.
“Natural increase contributed 145,500 additional people to Australia’s population, made up of 306,500 births and 161,000 deaths.”
September quarter 2017
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More to come.