Population

Information about Northern Territory population growth, estimated resident populations across Australia and regional internal migration.

Northern Territory population

As at September quarter (original numbers)Total population Natural increase Net overseas migration Net interstate
migration
2015 244,5702,8881,834 -2,334
2016 246,5212,8531,892 -2,138
2017 247,5652,7751,385 -3,116
2018 246,9892,635709 -3,920
2019 246,0582,479885-4,295
2020 246,5002,58417-2,159

Source: ABS Cat No 3101.0

State and territory estimated resident population

Quarterly, 000sSep 19Jun 20Sep 20 Qtr
% change
Annual % change
NSW 8,115,7758,167,5328,166,369 0.00.6
VIC 6,633,427 6,696,670 6,680,648-0.20.7
QLD 5,116,672 5,176,1865,184,847 0.2 1.3
SA 1,757,858 1,770,375 1,770,591 0.00.7
WA 2,634,491 2,663,561 2,667,130 0.11.2
TAS 535,787 540,780 541,071 0.1 1.0
ACT427,797431,380431,2150.00.8
NT246,058246,143246,5000.10.2
Australia25,472,52825,697,29825,693,0590.00.9

Source: ABS Cat No 3101.0

NT regional population

Statistical areas level 3 (SA3), r = revised20192020 ERP change
(number)
ERP change %
Greater Darwin147,415147,231-184 -0.1
Darwin city 27,737 27,542 -195 -0.7
Darwin suburbs 56,22455,508 -716 -1.3
Litchfield 25,17725,164-13-0.1
Palmerston 38,27739,0177401.9
Alice Springs39,35339,391380.1
Barkly6,0956,142470.8
Daly-Tiwi-West Arnhem17,879 17,909300.2
East Arnhem 14,528 14,56537 0.3
Katherine20,87320,90532 0.2

Source: ABS Cat No 3218

This map indicates the Northern Territory regional population as at 2020. The population and growth for each region are:  Greater Darwin’s population is 147,231 persons, with a growth of -0.1%.  Daly, Tiwi, and West Arnhem’s population is 17,909 persons, with a growth of 0.2%.  East Arnhem’s population is 14,525 persons, with a growth of 0.1%.  Katherine’s population is 20,565 persons, with a growth of 0.3%.  Alice Springs’s population is 39,391 persons, with a growth of 0.1%.  Barkly’s population is 6,142 persons, with a growth of  0.8%.  Total population for greater Darwin is 147,231 persons, with a growth of -0.1%, and the rest of Darwin is 98,919 persons, with a growth of 0.2%. The total Northern Territory populations is 246,143 persons, with a growth of 0%.

Regional internal migration

  Region of departure June quarter 2020
Region of arrival year ending June 2020​NSW​VIC​QLD​SA​WA​TAS​NT​ACT​Total
New South Wales n/a​ 5,805​ 7,085​ 1,1481,4785225152,418​ 18,971
Victoria 5,305 n/a 3,3421,4591,46371050758513,371
Queensland 11,1125,704 n/a 1,3241,5547421,12076122,317
South Australia​ 1,3101,5771,039 n/a 5921444211385,221
Western Australia​ 1,7431,8161,585513 n/a 2304392066,532
Tasmania 656819641134251 n/a 52822,635
Northern Territory 60873577338440950 n/a 723,031
Australian Capital Territory 2,34766461518215457108 n/a 4,127
Total23,08117,12015,0805,1445,9012,4553,1624,26276,205

Source: ABS Cat No 3101.0


Last updated: 12 May 2021

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