Budget 2013/14 Northern Territory Economy
Tabled paper 295
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Tabled by David Tollner
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Population 41 Northern Territory Economy Region1 ERP at 30June2011p Proportion of Population 2011 Annual Population Change 200611p Population Change 201011p no. % % % Darwin City 24 887 10.8 3.2 2.3 Darwin Suburbs 55 342 23.9 1.4 0.0 Litchfield 19 625 8.5 3.9 1.8 Palmerston 29 208 12.6 2.9 0.1 Total Greater Darwin 129 062 55.8 2.4 0.7 Alice Springs 41 042 17.7 0.5 1.0 Barkly 6 597 2.9 1.4 0.6 Daly, Tiwi and West Arnhem 18 175 7.9 2.9 1.9 East Arnhem 16 106 7.0 1.5 0.5 Katherine 20 349 8.8 1.0 0.1 Major Townships Nhulunbuy 4 383 1.9 0.8 3.3 Tennant Creek 3 515 1.5 1.1 0.3 Jabiru 1 271 0.5 0.2 1.2 Katherine 10 382 4.5 1.2 0.3 Alice Springs2 25 842 11.2 1.1 0.9 p: preliminary estimate 1 ABS Statistical Area 3 (SA3) 2 Comprising SA2s of Charles, East Side, Flynn, Larapinta and Mount Johns Source: ABS Cat. No. 3218.0 Outside of Darwin, the Daly, Tiwi and West Arnhem region recorded the strongest average annual growth rate with a 2.9percent increase in population over the 2006to2011 period. Population growth in all five of the major regional centres declined in 201011, most substantially in Nhulunbuy, which had a decline in population of 3.3percent. Growth rates in 201011 for all major regional centres were below the average annual growth rate for the 2006to2011 period (Table4.1). The 2006 and 2011 Census usual resident counts show that the combined population of the 21 larger Territory rural towns increased by approximately 12 per cent over the fiveyear period. Growth has been most substantial in the nonIndigenous population (42 per cent), although from formerly low levels, as compared with growth in the Indigenous population (9 per cent). According to the 2011 Census, 65percent of the nonIndigenous population resident in the 21 towns had moved to the towns within the past five years, mostly from interstate. The increase in interstate migration to the rural towns and communities is likely associated with the Australian and Territory Government programs of the Stronger Futures Policy (previously the Northern Territory Emergency Response). Components of Population Growth Population change in each state and territory is the combined result of NOM, natural increase (births minus deaths), and net interstate migration (NIM) (population change through the movement of people from one state or territory to another). These components of population growth determine Table 4.1: Territory Average Annual Population Growth in Regions and Major Townships, 2006-11
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