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Australian population growth continued to accelerate in the 12 months to September, driven predominantly by immigration with much of it driven by student visa applications.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Australia’s population grew by 395,600 over the year to 24.7 million, representing an increase of 1.63%.

In the September quarter alone, population rose by 103,900, or 0.42%.

Over the year, net overseas migration rose by 250,100 people, accounting for 63.2% of Australia’s total population growth.

That was up 33,400, or 15.4%, on the level reported in the year to September 2016.

Arrivals rose 7.1% to 551,000, the highest level on record. Over the same period, departures grew by a smaller 1.1% to 300,800.

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