Victoria: Australia’s fastest-growing state

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The Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed that the state of Victoria had grown the fastest in the first quarter of 2013. ABS Treasurer Michael O’Brien attributed this trend to ever-increasing interstate migration which also demands improved public services. Below are some essential details of the recent Australian Demographic Statistics released by the ABS.

Victoria's population as the fastest state in AU
Increasing Victorian population

As of the first quarter of March 2013, Victoria, Australia is home to 5.68 million people, making it the second most populous state next to New South Wales. This current population was due to a 1.82% increase (99,500) from the previous year, with both birth rate and Australia immigration as contributors.

In 2012, the state welcomed 77,384 newborns, a number that overtook the 1971 baby-boom record. At the same time, 118,400 new residents from overseas and interstate arrived to Victoria. Aside from these factors, the medical industry also diminished mortality rate by 0.5% or 189 deaths during the said year.

The ABS reported that, with all the factors considered, Victoria’s population growth was the biggest among all states, which was equivalent to 100,000 annually.

Population in other Australian states

The report revealed that the country’s population grew by 1.8% or 394,200, which made total population equal to 22,906,000 people by December year-end. Western Australia yielded the fastest growth of 3.5% (83,000 people every year), which was double that of the nation and a percent over that of the Australian Capital Territory, the state with the second fastest growth at 2.3%.

Amid this population growth, the demographic report spotted the trend that 93% of the country’s population growth is concentrated in four states, such as New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, and Western Australia. On the contrary, Tasmania had a slowing growth due to interstate migration.

By the end of December 2012, the six other states had the following populations: 7.35 million in New South Wales; 4.61 million in Queensland; 2.47 million in Western Australia; 1.66 million in South Australia; 512,400 in Tasmania; 379,500 in Australian Capital Territory; and 236,900 in Northern Territory.

Implications of increasing population

According to Mr. O’Brien, population increase is likely to challenge the finances of states. For instance, the great increase in population in Victoria means that “we need to build the infrastructure, the public transport and the roads and the hospitals to ensure that we can cope with this additional population.”

Increase in population in some states also suggests about the quality of life in them, which in turn will attract migrants to consider living or working in regional areas in Australia.

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