South Australia’s Strategic Plan is comprised of 100 targets. These targets are specific and measurable and enable us to measure our progress towards achieving the Plan’s visions and goals.

Each target is reported on through this section of the website. Data is analysed and uploaded as it becomes available.


45. Total population:

Increase South Australia’s population to 2 million by 2027

Key Measure


Explanatory Comments

South Australia’s estimated resident population reached 1.701 million in September 2015, representing an annual average growth rate of 0.7%.  This is below the decade average annual growth rate (1.0% from September 2005 to September 2015, but higher than that of previous decade (0.5% per annum from September 1995 to September 2005).

Population growth is a result of natural increase (births less deaths), net interstate migration, and net overseas migration.  Net overseas migration has been the key driver of South Australia's overall population growth rate in recent years - reaching a peak of 18,005 people in the year to June 2009.  In the year to September 2015, net overseas migration contributed 10,255 to total population growth.

South Australia traditionally experiences a net loss to interstate migration.  In the year to September 2015, this amounted to 4,125 people.

In 2014, South Australia’s total fertility rate was 1.86. This is below the peak of 1.97 births per woman recorded in 2008, but higher than the rate of 1.70 in the baseline year, 2004.

Note: population estimates have been re-based by the ABS following release of the 2011 Census data, which affects previously published figures.

Lead Agency

Department of State Development

Disaggregated data