The table compares six demographic indicators of Australia and Malaysia in the years 1980 and 2002. Overall, while the population size in both countries increased considerably over the period, Malaysia grew much more. Despite the overall growth rate, the birth rate percentage was declining by 2002. Both countries had comparable stable figures for approximately equal male and female population proportions. However, Australia had more older people and saw a larger percentile increase there as well.
The total population in both countries witnessed substantial growth, with the figure for Malaysia nearly doubling to 24.3 million while Australia increased from 14.7 to 19.6 million people. The percentage of men and women in Australia remained steady during the period at 49.9% for males and 51.1% for females. In contrast, the Malaysian male population increased its share by 0.3% to 50, and there was a reciprocal decline of 0.3% for females.
Both nations experienced a downward trend in birth rates in 2002, with a decline of 1.0% in Malaysia. Malaysia had a much higher birthrate and annual population growth in 1980 (3.2% and 2.4%) and 2002 (2.2% and 2.1%). In Australia, the changes were less dramatic, with the birth rate falling from 1.5% to 1.3% and average annual population growth slipping slightly from 1.3% to 1.2%. Seniors experienced a different trend. Between 1980 and 2002, Australia was home to an extra 2.8% (12.4% overall) of the elderly, while the figure for Malaysia rose much less substantially by 0.6% (4.3% in total in 2002).