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4102.0 - Australian Social Trends, 2000  
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Contents >> Family >> State summary tables

State summary tables


LIVING ARRANGEMENTS

Units
Years
NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT(a)
ACT
Aust.

Total households
'000
1999
2,403
1,748
1,338
610
719
186
65
117
7,186
Lone-person households
%
1999
23.8
23.0
24.0
27.6
25.5
26.1
18.7
24.1
24.2
Households with three or more persons
%
1999
43.4
44.9
42.7
37.1
41.7
38.9
50.2
42.0
42.8
Total families
'000
1999
1,721
1,260
932
411
488
131
37
75
5,056
Families with children under 15 years
'000
1999
736
533
413
159
213
57
20
34
2,166
Couple families
'000
1999
1,429
1,046
771
341
408
109
29
64
4,197
De facto couple families (of all couple families)(b)
%
1996
9.4
8.4
11.9
9.8
12.0
11.1
19.6
11.3
10.1
Couple-only families (of all couple families)
%
1999
52.0
51.4
52.2
58.1
52.5
52.7
43.9
47.2
52.3
Couple-only families with female partner aged under 40 years (of all couple only families)
%
1999
20.8
20.8
22.3
20.4
22.6
17.4
34.9
24.1
21.3
Couple families with children under 15 years (of all families with children under 15 years)
%
1999
79.1
80.2
77.5
75.8
79.7
78.1
73.2
81.7
78.8
Lone father families with children under 15 years (of all families with children under 15 years)
%
1999
1.7
1.5
2.1
1.9
2.3
2.4
* *
2.2
1.9
Lone mother families with children under 15 years (of all families with children under 15 years)
%
1999
19.1
18.2
20.5
22.3
18.0
19.5
23.2
16.1
19.3
Families with at least one child aged under 5 years (of all families with children under 15 years)
%
1999
45.6
45.2
44.2
42.1
44.7
48.0
48.7
47.4
45.0
Average family size (persons)
no.
1999
3.1
3.1
3.1
2.9
3.1
3.0
3.2
3.2
3.1
Children under 15 years living in one-parent families (of all children under 15 years)
%
1999
19.2
17.4
20.3
20.8
18.6
18.7
23.9
16.8
19.0
Persons aged 20-24 years living with parents (of all persons aged 20-24 years)
%
1999
51.9
53.7
37.7
40.7
40.1
40.9
31.0
44.1
47.2
Persons aged 25-34 years living with parents (of all persons aged 25-34 years)
%
1999
13.3
14.8
8.6
11.8
7.1
9.5
*5.7
5.9
11.8
Persons aged 15-64 years who live alone (of all persons aged 15-64 years)
%
1999
7.8
7.3
8.3
10.7
9.5
8.7
*6.7
8.7
8.2
Persons aged 65 and over who live alone
(of all persons aged 65 and over)
%
1999
29.0
28.7
31.3
31.2
27.8
33.0
*28.5
26.9
29.5

(a) All estimates for the Northern Territory other than household estimates and those for de facto couples, refer to mainly urban areas only.
(b) Includes same-sex couples.

Reference periods: Data on living arrangements, and on families and work, are at June. Data on de facto couples are at census date.

FAMILIES AND WORK

Units
Years
NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT(a)
ACT
Aust.

Couple families with children under 15 years, both parents employed (of all couple families with children under 15 years)
%
1999
54.3
55.1
55.6
53.7
55.3
46.9
72.3
62.3
54.9
Couple families with children under 15 years, neither parent employed (of all couple families
with children under 15 years)
%
1999
7.9
7.7
8.3
7.9
6.8
14.6
*2.2
5.4
7.9
One-parent families with children under 15 years, parent employed (of all one-parent families
with children under 15 years)
%
1999
44.6
40.9
45.8
44.3
41.7
42.8
53.6
61.0
44.0
Children under 15 years living in families where no parent is employed (of all children under 15 years)
%
1999
18.8
17.7
18.6
18.2
17.2
24.2
13.2
13.2
18.3

Reference periods: Data on living arrangements, and on families and work, are at June. Data on de facto couples are at census date.

FAMILY FORMATION

Units
Years
NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT
ACT
Aust.

REGISTERED MARRIAGES
Number of marriages
'000
1998
39.1
26.4
21.3
8.0
10.7
2.6
0.8
1.7
110.6
Crude marriage rate (per 1,000 population)
rate
1998
6.2
5.7
6.2
5.4
5.8
5.5
4.3
5.5
5.9
Marriages where both partners married for the first time (of all marriages)
%
1998
67.8
69.1
63.9
65.5
64.5
62.0
61.7
67.2
66.7
Median age of men at first marriage
years
1998
27.9
28.1
27.7
28.0
28.2
27.6
28.5
27.9
27.9
Median age of women at first marriage
years
1998
26.1
26.6
25.9
26.0
26.2
25.9
26.6
26.2
26.2
Median age at remarriage (divorced men)
years
1998
42.0
41.6
42.2
42.2
42.4
41.9
42.3
42.5
42.0
Median age at remarriage (divorced women)
years
1998
38.0
38.2
38.5
39.5
38.8
38.2
37.9
38.9
38.4

Reference periods: Data on family formation are for the calendar year.

DIVORCE

Units
Years
NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT
ACT
Aust.

Number of divorces
'000
1998
15.0
12.3
11.3
4.2
5.3
1.3
0.5
1.5
51.4
Crude divorce rate (per 1,000 population)
rate
1998
2.4
2.6
3.3
2.8
2.9
2.8
2.4
(a)
2.7
Median duration between marriage and final separation
years
1998
6.9
7.8
8.1
8.4
8.3
8.8
7.4
8.6
7.8
Divorces involving children under 18 years (of all divorces)
%
1998
50.7
51.0
56.5
57.2
53.4
64.3
55.6
56.1
53.4
Children under 18 years affected by divorce
'000
1998
13.7
11.8
12.5
4.5
5.2
1.7
0.5
1.7
51.6

(a) Based on the location of the Family Court where the divorce is granted and registered. Due to the large number of divorces granted in the ACT to usual residents of another State, the divorce rate for the ACT is not representative of the ACT population.

FERTILITY

Units
Years
NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT
ACT
Aust.

Births
'000
1998
85.5
60.5
47.0
18.2
24.7
6.0
3.6
4.0
249.6
Total fertility rate (per woman)
rate
1998
1.79
1.68
1.79
1.70
1.76
1.81
2.20
1.56
1.76
Births to mothers aged under 20 years (of all births)
%
1998
4.6
3.2
6.1
4.1
5.5
6.8
12.9
3.5
4.7
Births to mothers aged 35 years and over (of all births)
%
1998
16.3
17.7
13.8
17.2
15.4
13.8
11.3
17.7
16.1
Births outside marriage (of all births)
%
1998
26.6
23.3
33.7
30.4
31.8
38.8
58.3
26.4
28.7
Births outside marriage acknowledged by father (of all births outside marriage)
%
1998
86.2
92.0
86.3
89.6
85.9
88.9
67.6
84.4
87.1




CHILD CARE

Units
Years
NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT(A)
ACT
Aust.

Children aged under 3 years using formal care (of all children under 3 years)
%
1999
20.7
19.7
25.8
25.5
23.6
20.1
34.8
28.8
22.3
Children aged under 3 years using informal care (of all children under 3 years)
%
1999
43.4
47.7
37.1
50.7
38.3
38.0
32.6
40.8
43.0

(a) Estimates for child care for the Northern Territory refer to mainly urban areas only.

Reference periods: Data on child care are at June.

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