Australia’s population continues to grow, with Melbourne’s population set to overtake Sydney. What about your local area?

By Kenneth Macleod
Thursday, 2nd April 2015

Melbourne is expected to overtake Sydney as Australia’s largest city by 2056, as parts of Australia face higher growth rates than others. The average population growth rate across Australia is 1.6 per cent, data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows.

However, the populations of some districts are shrinking while others have growth rates more than 10 per cent. The suburb of Truganina, part of Greater Melbourne, saw a 16.8 per cent population growth in 2013-14. The district of Anglesea, 90km away, saw its population decline 3.3 per cent.

This map shows regional estimates of population growth for 2013-2014. Areas are shaded in proportion to the estimated rate of population growth above or below the national average.

The areas shown are ‘Statistical Area Level 2’ (SA2) standard areas as used by the Australian Bureau of Statistic. SA2 is a general purpose, medium-sized area, which is used to represent communities that interact socially and economically. SA2 generally has a population range of 3,000 to 25,000 people, and about 10,000 people on average. There are 2,196 of these areas covering the whole of Australia.

Hover over an area to activate the charts underneath the map. One chart displays the residential population as of June 30 for the last 11 years. The other two charts display internal regional migration in areas over the last 8 years.

Australia | Sydney | Melbourne | Brisbane | Adelaide | Perth | Hobart | Darwin | Canberra

Percentage change in population 2013-2014

Roll over map to activate charts
Residential population at 30 June
  • Arrivals
  • Departures
Regional Internal migration, arrivals and departures
Regional Internal migration, net migration

Notes & Cautions: These figures are estimates only; there is an inherent inaccuracy involved in estimating population. Regional internal migration is the movement of people from one region to another within Australia (both interstate and intrastate). Net regional internal migration is the net gain or loss of population through this movement. Residential population estimates include regional migration estimates, but also include other factors such as overseas migration,births and deaths.

SOURCE: ABS 3218.0 - Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2013-14 & ABS 3412.0 - Migration, Australia, 2013-14