Budget Paper 1994-95 No.6 Northern Territory Economy
Tabled Paper 2156
Tabled Papers for 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT
Tabled by Barry Coulter
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Population C ultural diversity is a m ajor distinguishing feature o f the Territory population. A boriginal and Torres S trait Islanders p lus persons born overseas represen t 42% o f the T errito ry population, com pared to 24% for A ustralia. Population Outlook A steadily increasing Territory population can be expected to result prim arily from natural increase and to a lesser extent net overseas im m igration, though this w ill depend to some extent on a relaxing o f C om m onw ealth G overnm ent controls in response to m ore robust econom ic growth. Interstate m igration is expected to m ake a positive contribution to Territory population growth over the near to m id-term , underpinned by a gradual relocation o f defence force personnel and their dependants. In 1994/95, a com bined total o f 479 defence force personnel and their dependants w ill be re located to the Territory followed by a fu rther 640 persons in 1995/96. O ver the course o f this decade som e 4 800 people w ill take up residence in the Territory as part o f this in itiative, increasing the Territory population by som e 3%. The average age o f Territorians will continue to increase in line with national trends. However, the Territory population, on average, w ill continue to be considerably younger than nationally. B ased on historical growth p rofiles T reasury estim ates the T errito rys population w ill grow by betw een 1.0% and 1.5% per annum to the end o f the decade, resulting in a population then o f betw een 181 0 0 0 and 188 0 0 0 .