From March 2012 to March 2013, the Australian Bureau of Statistics recorded that migration was the major component of population change in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia.
Western Australia had the highest population growth, at 3.4% to hit 2,497,500. Victoria’s population was recorded at 5,713,000 and New South Wales was recorded at 7,381,100.
Overall, the number of migrants arriving through the year (502,600) outnumbered the number of migrant departures (264,300), netting an increase in Australia’s population of 238,300 people due to incoming migrants.
These statistics show us the significance of migration to the Australian economy and the number of applications which migration agents and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection have to contend with. With half a million migrants arriving into the country over the course of a year and with 4893 registered MARA agents (assuming they all used a migration agent), it would mean each MARA agent got roughly 102 clients over that year.