Skip to content

Population: Australian population change - Remoteness Areas

Australian population change - Remoteness Areas

The estimated residential population (ERP) by Remoteness Area, the ERP and ERP change from the previous year, and population over the last 10 years are published in the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) publication Regional Population Growth, Australia.

The ERP is the official estimate of the Australian population, based on Census counts by place of usual residence (excluding short-term overseas visitors in Australia), as of 30 June of the corresponding year. Usual residence within Australia refers to that address at which a person has lived or intends to live for six months or more, with an allowance for Census net undercount, to which are added the estimated number of Australian residents temporarily overseas at the time of the Census. Estimates are revised 12 months from release and are finalised following Census. Statistical Area Level 1 ERPs are aggregated to create ERPs by Remoteness Area.

Regional Population Growth data are also used in the following dashboard menu options: Australian population change - Local Government Area and Australian population change - Statistical Area 2.

See ABS – Regional Population ( for further information, including in-depth commentary and analysis, in particular the source data Quality Declaration. Source reference: Data downloads - data cubes; Population estimates by LGA, Significant Urban Area, Remoteness Area and electoral division, 2001 to 2022; table 3.