In 2012, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released the first set of population estimates for Australia's new official statistical geography, the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS). The ASGS geography defines more stable, consistent and meaningful areas than its predecessor. It is now the essential reference for understanding and interpreting ABS spatial statistics, especially population estimates.
This release also included the first set of sub-state estimates based on the 2011 Census, providing a new and improved base for estimating population.
Another feature of this release was the production of a special one-off series of historical estimates based on the new geography. This time series, which includes estimates for Australia's capital cities back to 1971, provides a rich historical perspective on how our regions have fared over time. Such a long time series, based on consistent boundaries, enables population trends to be analysed in many interesting ways.
This presentation will provide a brief overview of the new geography and will illustrate how the distribution of Australia’s population has changed over time. It will highlight areas with the fastest growth and decline and it will show how this new data can tell an interesting story of regional population change in Australia.
Tricia Dyson and Andrew Howe work in the Regional Population Unit, which is part of the Demography program located in the Adelaide Office of the ABS. They are responsible for producing all of the country's official population estimates below the State and Territory level.
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