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4102.0 - Australian Social Trends, 2003  
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State summary tables

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

1Total households
'000
2002
2,486
1,838
1,437
614
755
190
68
123
7,510
2Lone-person households
%
2002
24.2
24.3
25.2
27.6
27.0
28.0
24.0
26.6
25.1
3Households with three or more persons
%
2002
42.4
43.6
40.0
37.1
40.1
37.0
44.4
40.6
41.5
4Total families
'000
2002
1,791
1,348
1,011
426
527
134
39
81
5,357
5Families with children aged under 15
'000
2002
752
540
422
162
227
56
20
34
2,213
6Couple families
'000
2002
1,477
1,127
822
352
434
111
32
68
4,422
7De facto couple families - of all couple families(a)
%
2001
11.5
11.1
14.0
12.4
14.3
14.3
23.2
14.3
12.4
8Couple-only families - of all couple families
%
2002
52.8
53.8
54.6
58.8
53.8
55.7
47.4
49.1
53.9
9Couple-only families with female partner aged under 40 - of all couple only families
%
2002
23.1
22.8
23.5
20.4
25.0
16.3
38.8
28.6
23.1
10Couple families with children aged under 15 - of all families with children aged under 15
%
2002
77.8
78.6
74.4
75.8
76.7
75.0
77.3
80.3
77.0
11Lone-father families with children aged under 15 - of all families with children aged under 15
%
2002
2.3
2.7
3.0
3.7
2.6
2.0
4.2
2.6
2.7
12Lone-mother families with children aged under 15 - of all families with children aged under 15
%
2002
19.9
18.8
22.6
20.5
20.9
23.0
18.6
17.1
20.3
13Families with at least one child aged under 5 - of all families with children aged under 15
%
2002
44.3
43.6
44.9
45.7
43.4
42.5
48.1
39.3
44.2
14Average family size - persons
no.
2002
3.1
3.1
3.0
2.9
3.0
2.9
3.2
3.1
3.0
15Children aged under 15 living in one-parent families - of all children aged under 15
%
2002
20.0
19.0
22.8
21.7
20.4
21.7
23.2
18.5
20.5
16Persons aged 20-24 living with parents - of all persons aged 20-24
%
2002
49.7
52.4
35.0
45.9
40.2
42.2
17.1
41.4
45.9
17Persons aged 25-34 living with parents - of all persons aged 25-34
%
2002
14.0
16.2
9.2
12.3
7.9
9.5
6.3
7.6
12.7
18Persons aged 15-64 who live alone - of all persons aged 15-64
%
2002
8.0
8.1
8.5
9.9
10.1
9.7
8.5
8.5
8.5
19Persons aged 65 and over who live alone - of all persons aged 65 and over
%
2002
29.9
27.6
31.7
31.4
31.6
35.0
32.1
34.9
30.1


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

Couple families with children aged under 15
20Both parents employed - of all couple families with children aged under 15
%
2002
58.2
55.7
55.4
60.2
56.0
49.7
70.6
71.9
57.1
21Neither parent employed - of all couple families with children aged under 15
%
2002
6.8
7.8
7.9
7.3
6.2
9.7
4.8
2.9
7.2
22
One-parent families with children aged under 15, parent employed - of all one-parent families with children aged under 15
%
2002
45.3
50.4
42.3
45.0
44.0
50.5
60.4
63.0
46.2
23Children aged under 15 living in families where no parent is employed - of all children aged under 15
%
2002
17.3
16.7
20.5
19.7
17.5
20.6
13.3
10.8
17.9


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

Registered marriages
24Number of marriages
'000
2001
36.1
25.0
20.3
7.4
9.8
2.2
0.8
1.6
103.1
25Crude marriage rate (per 1,000 population)
rate
2001
5.5
5.2
5.6
4.9
5.1
4.6
3.9
4.9
5.3
26Marriages where both partners married for the first time - of all marriages
%
2001
68.0
69.0
64.0
65.0
64.0
61.0
63.0
67.0
67.0
27Median age of males at first marriage
years
2001
28.6
28.9
28.5
28.7
29.0
28.7
29.5
28.1
28.7
28Median age of females at first marriage
years
2001
26.7
27.3
26.6
26.8
27.1
26.7
27.9
26.9
26.9
29Median age at remarriage - divorced males
years
2001
42.7
42.7
43.3
44.0
43.4
43.6
44.1
42.8
43.1
30Median age at remarriage - divorced females
years
2001
39.0
39.4
39.6
40.1
39.9
40.1
38.9
40.2
39.5
Divorce
31Number of divorces
'000
2001
16.1
13.7
12.1
4.5
5.4
1.4
0.4
1.7
55.3
32Crude divorce rate (per 1,000 population)
rate
2001
2.4
2.8
3.3
3.0
2.8
3.0
2.2
(b)
2.8
33Median duration between marriage and final separation
years
2001
7.5
8.5
9.1
9.1
9.2
9.7
7.1
8.8
8.3
34Divorces involving children aged under 18 - of all divorces
%
2001
45.5
52.2
53.9
53.9
54.3
56.2
47.2
53.1
51.2
35Children aged under 18 affected by divorce
'000
2001
13.5
13.6
12.5
4.6
5.5
1.5
0.4
1.7
53.4
Fertility
36Births(c)
'000
2001
84.6
58.6
47.7
17.3
24.0
6.4
3.8
3.9
246.4
37Total fertility rate (per female)
rate
2001
1.76
1.61
1.80
1.67
1.72
2.07
2.26
1.51
1.73
38Births to mothers aged under 20 - of all births
%
2001
4.4
3.2
6.1
4.2
5.5
8.4
13.3
2.9
4.8
39Births to mothers aged 35 and over - of all births
%
2001
18.3
19.7
15.4
18.8
16.9
14.4
13.1
19.2
17.8
40Births outside marriage - of all births
%
2001
27.7
25.6
35.4
33.6
34.6
42.8
63.2
27.1
30.7
41Births outside marriage acknowledged by father - of all births outside marriage
%
2001
87.2
91.7
87.0
90.4
89.2
92.3
63.3
82.4
87.9


CHILD CARE
Units
Years
NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT(d)
ACT
Aust.

42Children aged under 3 using formal care - of all children aged under 3(e)
%
2002
21.7
26.3
29.7
22.9
23.2
27.5
39.3
39.7
25.2
43Children aged under 3 using informal care - of all children aged under 3(e)
%
2002
36.8
30.1
36.6
48.4
45.0
40.4
41.4
38.0
36.9
44Children aged 3-4 using formal care - of all children aged 3-4(e)
%
2002
75.6
71.3
75.0
68.4
69.1
62.9
54.9
79.7
72.8
45Children aged 3-4 using informal care - of all children aged 3-4(e)
%
2002
33.7
39.8
31.7
48.0
37.0
38.2
35.1
40.9
36.4
46Median weekly hours of care received by children aged under 3 - formal and informal combined
hours
2002
15
12
16
8
10
10
n.a.
n.a.
13
47Median weekly hours of care received by children aged 3-4 - formal and informal combined
hours
2002
16
13
18
12
12
12
n.a.
n.a.
16

(a) Includes same-sex couples.
(c) 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 Australian Capital Territory to usual residents of another state, the divorce rate for the Australian Capital Territory is not representative of the Australian Capital Territory population.
(d) Based on registered births.
(e) Estimates for child care for the Northern Territory refer to mainly urban areas only.
(f) Components do not add to 100% as some children used both formal and informal care and others used neither.
Reference periods: Data on family formation are for the calendar year. Data on child care are at June.

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