Australia population slowdown02 October 2015 by News Desk
The population of Australia is growing at its slowest rate for almost a decade.
The number of additional people in Australia grew by 1.35% in the past 12 months, the lowest rate since March 2006.
A fall in net migration (the difference between the number of people leaving and the number of people arriving) has, in part, led to the slowdown in population growth.
In the 12 months to December 2012 there was a net migrant increase of 237,000 people. In the 12 months to March 2015 year the increase was just 173,000. A total of 8,250 migrants arrived in Australia from the UK in 2014/15.
And there has been a change in the places where people prefer to live. In the past decade Western Australia has been the top destination for migrants due to the mining industry boom.
But now Victoria is the state that has witnessed the biggest influx of new residents. It now has the highest population growth of any state in Australia.