Tuesday, 16 February 2016

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), the nation’s official population reached 24 million at 12:50am on February 16, 2016.

At Federation in 1901, Australia's population was 3.7 million. It then took Australia 58 years to reach a population of 10 million. By 1964, the population was increasing by a million every four to five years.

Since reaching 20 million in late 2003, there have been around three years between each million person increase. The population reached 21 million in 2007, 22 million in 2010 and 23 million in 2013.

Future Population Estimates

The below line chart looks at the population increase in Australia over time. Can you estimate our future population growth?

1. Drag the circle to complete the chart.
2. Move circles up or down to your intended values.
3. Click 'Compare to projected values' button underneath chart to complete.
Compare to projected values

Population Breakdown - State by State and Age by Age

The interactive feature below shows the age-sex make-up of Australia’s population, nationally and per state and territory, as of 30 June 2014.

While there are overall more females than males in Australia, there are more males under the age of 34, and considerably more males aged 20 and younger, but the Northern Territory has less women at almost all ages. It’s also clear that females are comfortably outliving males, with 3,163 women 100 years of age and over nationwide, but only 883 men.

Note: Data for 85 to 99 year olds is only available in five year groupings and a single group represents Australians aged 100 or older. As the difference between males and females is generally small, the bars underneath only show a 20 per cent difference between the sexes either way. For an accurate representation of estimated difference, refer to the text above the bars.

Use the top slider to select an age, or use the bottom slider to select a range of ages.
Number of Australians between the ages of 6 and 100