Queensland’s population cracks 5.5 million

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Queensland's population grew by 2.6 percent in 2023. | Photo: Shanen K (iStock)

Queensland’s population ticked over 5.5 million last year, as Australia’s population nudged 27 million.

The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures, released today, show Australia’s population grew by 2.5 percent, to 26.97 million people, in 2023.

More than 141,000 extra people called Queensland home last year, an annual increase of 2.6 percent, for a total of 5.53 million.

Western Australia had the fastest growing population of all the states and territories in 2023 at 3.3 percent, followed by Victoria at 2.8 percent.

Tasmania’s growth was the slowest at 0.4 percent.

ABS Head of Demography Beidar Cho said net overseas migration drove 84 percent of the national population growth.

“Net overseas migration was 547,300 people in 2023, with 751,500 arrivals and 204,200 departures,” Mr Cho said.

He said natural increase was 103,900 people in 2023, 6.4 percent less than in 2022.

“This is made up of 287,100 births and 183,100 deaths registered in Australia.”

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