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Monday, 9 February 2015
Page: 279

Population

(Question No. 605)


Mr Kelvin Thomson asked the Minister for Industry and Science, in writing, on 14 November 2014:

(1) Is the Minister aware that the latest Victorian Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure Victorian Population Bulletin shows that Victoria grew by a record 106,820 people between June 2012 and June 2013, which is a 1.9 per cent increase, higher than the 1.8 per cent national average.

(2) Is the Minister aware that Victoria is absorbing a large proportion, 26.2 per cent, of Australia's overall population growth.

(3) Is it a fact that for the year ending 30 June, Australia's population grew by 407,027, or 1.8 per cent to 23,135,281 people, and Victoria's population grew by 106,820 people.

(4) Is the Minister aware that Greater Melbourne is absorbing the vast majority, 89.4 per cent, of Victoria's population growth.

(5) Is the Minister aware that there are numerous Victorian local government areas that have grown by more than the 2.2 per cent average, including Melbourne (10.5 per cent/11,029 people), Wyndham (6 per cent/10,759 people), Whittlesea (5.5 per cent/9,306 people), Cardinia (4.8 per cent/3,877 people), Melton (4.3 per cent/5,028 people), Yarra (3.2 per cent/2,606 people), Maribyrnong (3.2 per cent/2,436 people), Hume (2.9 per cent/5,229 people), Casey (2.8 per cent/3,877 people), and Moreland (2.2 per cent/3,372).


Mr Ian Macfarlane: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) Yes, the figures quoted are from the Victorian Population Bulletin 2014. The publication states that absolute growth was higher in 2008-09 (115,600 people).

(2) Yes, the figures quoted are from the Victorian Population Bulletin 2014.

(3) The figures quoted are from the Victorian Population Bulletin 2014, the latest available as at 27 March 2014. These have since been revised slightly as more accurate figures have become available. The latest ABS data (released 25 September 2014) for year ending 30 June 2013 shows Australia's population grew by 401,045, or 1.8 per cent to 23,129,299 people, and Victoria's population grew by 104,151.

(4) Yes, the figures quoted are from the Victorian Population Bulletin 2014.

(5) Yes, the figures quoted are from the Victorian Population Bulletin 2014. The publication states that the Victorian local government area of Casey increased by 7,476 people, rather than by 3,877 people as stated in the question.