The Victorian state government monitors population growth and change using population data published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). We also use this data to develop Victoria's official population projections (forecasts) - see Victoria in Future.

Census 2021

The first set of 2021 Census data was released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) on 28 June 2022.

This snapshot of Australia’s population and households is used to analyse trends in behaviour and provide deep understanding essential to planning for communities.

View Census data and analysis

Population map

The Population map brings together 30 years (1991-2020) of population change data from the ABS. Search to find the current population for an area and see how it has changed over time.

The data covers Local Government Areas and the regions of the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) from the smallest SA2 areas up to the largest SA4 regions.

Maps and charts can be viewed and downloaded as Excel files, PDFs or SVG.

Image of population map

Launch map

How to use the map

Population total
  • Use the time slider to see a shaded population map for any year from 1991-2020 (for LGAs) or from 2001-2020 (for ASGS regions)
  • Click the Play button on the time slider to see an animated view of population change over time
  • Click on any region to show its population for the whole time span.
Population change
  • Choose a start and end year from the drop-down options to see a shaded map of population change over that period
  • Click on any region to show its population for the whole time span
Population charts
  • Use the selection tools to select one or more regions (double click or hit the 'C' button to end a multi-selection)
  • Display charts of population total and population change over time
  • Download the data behind the charts as a CSV file (readable in Excel).
Make a map
  • From any of the views you can scroll in and out to create a map view
  • Use the print button to copy the map image or download as a PDF.

Contact and feedback

To help us improve the map, we are interested in your experience.

Please email your ideas and questions to Forward Policy and Research.

Page last updated: 01/07/22