Australia’s population grew by just 1.1 per cent during the year ending June 30, due in part to the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
The population reached 25.98 million after an increase of 290,900 people.
Overall, there were 306,500 births and 182,100 deaths registered.
Natural increase was 124,400 people, a fall of 10.8 per cent from the previous year.
The decrease was driven by an increase in deaths, which hit 16,500 or 10 per cent.
There were 395,000 overseas migration arrivals and 224,100 departures.
Net overseas migration increased by 255,800 people on the previous year.
This was led by a boost in overseas migration arrivals (170.5 per cent), with departures dropping slightly (-3 per cent).
“Statistics … are impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting Australian government closure of the international border through most of 2020 and 2021,” the ABS said.
Every jurisdiction had positive population growth, with Queensland experiencing the highest rate of 2 per cent.
Tasmania and the Northern Territory had the smallest growth rates at 0.6 per cent.
Natural increase was the main contributor for Western Australia.
Net interstate migration was the key factor in Queensland, the NT and the ACT.
Meanwhile, net overseas migration was the driver in NSW, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania.
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