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.


46. Regional population levels:

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

Key Measure


Note: The scale on the vertical axis of the graph does not start at zero.

Explanatory Comments

In April 2014 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 was 296,281. This is nearly 24,000 below the target of 320,000 in 2020. Nevertheless, the population of these regions has been increasing each year since 2006. 

Since the 2012 SASP Audit Committee report, 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 and has since been revised down firstly to 295,700 and more recently (April 2014) to 294,336.

Lead Agency

Primary Industries and Regions SA