Victoria’s population continues to boom

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Victoria’s population has continued to grow strongly, with an increase of 108,757 people in the year to 31 March, according to data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics released 25 September.

Treasurer Michael O’Brien said Victoria’s population growth of 1.9 per cent outstripped the national average of 1.7 per cent and represented a vote of confidence in what Victoria has to offer.

“The net increase in Victoria’s population is equivalent to a packed Grand Final MCG, plus a few thousand others standing outside who couldn’t get a ticket,” Mr O’Brien said.

“Victoria has recorded its highest net interstate migration on record. Every state and territory around the country sent more people to live in Victoria than left our state. New South Wales was our biggest source of interstate migration, followed by South Australia, Queensland, Tasmania, WA and the territories,” Mr
O’Brien added.

Victoria’s population grew by an additional 108,757 people in the year to March, the second highest of all states, slightly behind New South Wales, which recorded a gain of 114,509 people. He added that Victoria’s population increased to 5.8 million people, which is why the Coalition Government is investing in major infrastructure projects such as the East West Link and the Airport Rail Link to keep Victoria moving.

“Unlike Labor, who oppose every major project underway in Victoria, the Coalition Government is investing in the infrastructure needed to respond to Victoria’s strong population growth and to maintain our quality of life.  The Napthine Government is building a better Victoria, supporting families with a recent increase in stamp duty concessions, and supporting employment with recent payroll tax and WorkCover premium reductions,” Mr O’Brien said.

Overall, Victoria had a natural increase of 38,467 people, net overseas migration was 61,923 people and net interstate migration was 8,367 people.

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