Tasmania Demographics

At 30 June 2011, the estimated resident population (ERP) of Tasmania was approximately 510,600, an increase of 3,200 (0.6%) over the previous year. The largest component of population growth in the June quarter 2011 was natural increase, which added 570 persons to the population. Net overseas migration added about 50 people, while there was a net loss of approximately 210 people to interstate migration.



Of the population, 85% were Australian-born with the remaining residents hailing from the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Netherlands. English was the only language spoken at home by 93% of the population, with Italian, German and Chinese the next most common languages spoken.



In November 2011, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Tasmania was 6.0%, an increase on the October 2011 rate of 5.1% and the highest rate since January 2011.

n seasonally adjusted terms, there were 237,200 employed persons in Tasmania. Of this number there were 125,900 employed males and 111,700 employed females.

Of all employed males in Tasmania in November 2011, 19.4% were working part-time, compared to 53.1% of all employed females who were working on a part-time basis.



The industries in Tasmania which made the greatest contribution to the state’s gross product in 2010-11 in volume terms were: Manufacturing (9.4%), Health care and social assistance (8.2%), Financial and insurance services (7.2%), Ownership of dwellings and Agriculture, forestry and fishing (each 7.1%).

From 2000-01 to 2010-11, the Administrative and support services industry recorded a 103.0% increase in value added. This represented the highest increase of all industries in Tasmania. During the same period, the Manufacturing industry recorded the largest decrease of 19.0%.

At the end of June 2009 there were 38,000 operating businesses in Tasmania, or 500 less than at the same time in the previous year.

The vast majority of these were small businesses, with 58.8% of the total being non-employing businesses and a further 36.0% of the total employing from 1-19 employees.


Tasmania History

Tasmania History

Twelve thousand years ago sea level was rising as the most recent period of global glaciation eased. The land mass now known as Tasmania was cut off and the Aboriginal people living here were isolated. They shared many traits with Australian mainland Aboriginal people but

Tasmania Geography

Tasmania Geography

Tasmania is a wonderland and an ancient one at that. Its landscape is a never-ending display of nature at work. From grand forests inland of the state, to dramatic bluffs and headlands around its coastline, stunning vistas are never far away. Launceston in the north

Tasmania Government

Tasmania Government

Tasmanian Parliament Parliament consists of three parts: the Crown, the Legislative Council and the House of Assembly. These three acting together make State laws for Tasmania. It is the task of Parliament to provide a forum for the people’s elected representatives to debate the important

Tasmania Flags & Emblems

Tasmania Flags & Emblems

The exact symbolism of the badge is unknown, other than to indicate historical ties with England. The badge was approved by the British Colonial office in 1875 and the design of the Tasmanian flag has remained unchanged since then, save for a slight alteration in


Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics

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