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 has been updated as at December 2017.


46. Regional population levels:

Increase regional populations, outside of Greater Adelaide, by 20,000 to 320,000 or more by 2020

Key Measure


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Explanatory Comments

The estimated resident population of South Australia’s regions comprising the Eyre and Western, Yorke and Mid North, Far North, Murray and Mallee and Limestone Coast Government Regions for 30 June 2016 was 300,563 compared with the revised baseline of 294,336 in 2010.

Since 2012 the Australian Bureau of Statistics has revised its population estimates and, as such, the population estimates for 2006 to 2011 have been amended accordingly.

The original 2010 baseline population of 300,000 was based on an estimate, but was revised down to 294,336 in April 2014. 

The Yorke and Mid North and Murray and Mallee regions have the highest estimated resident population for South Australia's regions.  The estimated resident population has increased in all of the regions except the Far North since 2006.  However, the greatest increase (5.0 per cent) has been observed in the Yorke and Mid North region. 

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