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4102.0 - Australian Social Trends, 2000  
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National summary tables


LIVING ARRANGEMENTS

Units
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999

Total households
'000
n.a.
n.a.
6,173
6,302
6,446
6,579
6,690
6,762
6,956
7,056
7,186
Lone-person households
%
n.a.
n.a.
21.1
21.8
22.3
22.7
22.8
23.0
23.8
23.8
24.2
Households with three or more persons
%
n.a.
n.a.
47.0
46.3
45.5
44.8
44.5
44.5
43.6
43.2
42.8
Total families
'000
4,319
4,456
4,502
4,587
4,638
4,709
4,791
4,834
4,899
5,027
5,056
Families with children under 15 years
'000
1,947
1,999
2,002
2,048
2,038
2,041
2,100
2,092
2,130
2,160
2,166
Couple families
'000
3,729
3,812
3,849
3,883
3,929
3,998
4,051
4,080
4,090
4,158
4,197
De facto couple families (of all couple families)(a)
%
n.a.
n.a.
8.2
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
10.1
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
Couple-only families of all couple families)
%
48.2
48.2
48.9
48.7
49.3
51.0
51.1
51.9
51.1
51.8
52.3
Couple-only families with female partner aged
under 40 years (of all couple only families)
%
n.a.
22.5
22.0
22.1
22.3
22.7
21.6
21.3
20.9
21.3
21.3
Couple families with children under 15 years
(of all families with children under 15 years)
%
86.0
85.2
84.0
83.5
83.0
82.8
81.5
81.6
80.0
78.4
78.8
Lone father families with children under 15 years (of all families with children under 15 years)
%
1.4
1.6
1.8
1.5
1.7
1.8
1.9
2.0
2.3
2.0
1.9
Lone mother families with children under 15 (of all families with children under 15 years)
%
12.6
13.2
14.2
14.9
15.3
15.4
16.6
16.3
17.7
19.5
19.3
Families with at least one child aged under 5 years (of all families with children under 15 years)
%
47.4
46.8
47.4
47.4
47.8
47.8
47.4
47.8
47.8
46.2
45.0
Average family size (persons)
no.
3.2
3.2
3.2
3.2
3.2
3.1
3.1
3.1
3.1
3.1
3.1
Children under 15 years living in one-parent families
(of all children under 15 years)
%
n.a.
12.7
13.6
14.4
14.8
15.3
16.4
16.3
18.0
19.5
19.0
Persons aged 20-24 years living with parents
(of all persons aged 20-24 years)
%
44.7
46.8
47.2
47.4
46.1
44.7
45.2
44.5
46.2
48.0
47.2
Persons aged 25-34years living with parents
(of all persons aged 25-34 years)
%
8.5
9.5
10.7
10.5
10.7
10.5
10.6
10.7
11.5
12.4
11.8
Persons aged 15-64 years who live alone
(of all persons aged 15-64 years)
%
5.9
5.7
6.0
6.3
6.8
7.0
7.4
7.6
7.9
8.1
8.2
Persons aged 65 years and over who live alone
(of all persons aged 65 years and over)
%
28.6
29.0
29.4
29.3
31.0
29.4
29.3
29.8
30.7
29.0
29.5

(a) Includes same-sex couples in 1996.

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
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999

Couple families with children under 15 years, both parents employed (of all couple families with children under 15 years)
%
52.6
54.7
51.8
51.7
50.6
51.1
56.2
54.5
54.4
55.6
54.9
Couple families with children under 15 years, neither parent employed (of all couple families with children under 15 years)
%
6.9
6.3
8.1
9.8
10.8
10.0
8.4
7.9
8.6
8.5
7.9
One-parent families with children under 15 years, parent employed (of all one-parent families with children under 15 years)
%
46.1
44.2
43.2
40.6
41.4
41.8
43.2
42.7
42.9
42.1
44.0
Children under 15 years living in families where no parent is employed (of all children under 15 years)
%
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
18.8
18.5
17.1
17.2
18.1
19.7
18.3

(a) Includes same-sex couples in 1996.

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
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998

Registered marriages
Number of marriages
'000
116.8
117.2
117.0
113.9
114.8
113.3
111.2
109.4
106.1
106.7
110.6
Crude marriage rate (per 1,000 population)
rate
7.1
7.0
6.9
6.6
6.6
6.4
6.2
6.1
5.8
5.8
5.9
Marriages where both partners married for the first time (of all marriages)
%
67.1
67.3
67.4
67.5
67.2
67.1
67.5
67.5
66.4
66.6
66.7
Median age of men at first marriage
years
26.1
26.3
26.5
26.7
26.9
27.0
27.2
27.3
27.6
27.8
27.9
Median age of women at first marriage
years
24.0
24.2
24.3
24.5
24.7
24.8
25.1
25.3
25.7
25.9
26.2
Median age at remarriage (divorced men)
years
38.9
39.3
39.6
39.7
40.1
40.4
40.9
41.1
41.6
41.8
42.0
Median age at remarriage (divorced women)
years
35.3
35.6
36.0
36.1
36.5
36.8
37.4
37.6
38.0
38.2
38.4

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

DIVORCE

Units
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998

Number of divorces
'000
41.0
41.4
42.6
45.6
45.7
48.4
48.3
49.7
52.5
51.3
51.4
Crude divorce rate (per 1,000 population)
rate
2.5
2.5
2.5
2.6
2.6
2.7
2.7
2.8
2.9
2.8
2.7
Median duration between marriage and final separation
years
7.3
7.3
7.3
7.4
7.4
7.6
7.6
7.6
7.6
7.7
7.8
Divorces involving children under 18 years (of all divorces)
%
57.5
55.3
55.6
54.2
52.9
52.6
52.4
n.a.
53.6
54.0
53.4
Children under 18 affected by divorce
'000
44.4
43.3
44.9
46.7
45.7
48.1
47.5
n.a.
52.5
51.7
51.6



FERTILITY

Units
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998

Births
'000
246.2
250.9
262.6
257.2
264.2
260.2
258.1
256.2
253.8
251.8
249.6
Total fertility rate (per woman)
rate
1.84
1.84
1.91
1.86
1.89
1.86
1.85
1.83
1.80
1.78
1.76
Births to mothers aged under 20 years (of all births)
%
5.7
5.7
5.8
5.7
5.4
5.1
5.0
4.9
4.9
4.9
4.7
Births to mothers aged 35 years and over (of all births)
%
9.0
9.6
10.0
10.7
11.4
11.9
12.9
13.7
14.6
15.3
16.1
Births outside marriage (of all births)
%
19.0
20.2
21.9
23.0
24.0
24.9
25.6
26.6
27.4
28.1
28.7
Births outside marriage acknowledged by father (of all births outside marriage)
%
74.4
75.9
77.1
79.5
81.0
81.7
82.2
83.3
84.2
85.5
87.1
Women aged 35 years and over giving birth for the first time (of all births to women 35 and over)
%
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
12.7
19.9
19.8
20.8
20.8
21.2
22.4
n.a.
Median age of mothers at first birth
years
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
26.3
26.5
26.6
26.8
26.9
27.1
27.3
n.a.



CHILD CARE

Units
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999

Children aged under 3 years using formal care (of all children under 3 years)
%
n.a.
14.0
n.a.
n.a.
17.0
n.a.
n.a.
21.6
n.a.
n.a.
22.3
Children aged under 3 years using informal care (of all children under 3 years)
%
n.a.
44.8
n.a.
n.a.
40.4
n.a.
n.a.
39.3
n.a.
n.a.
43.0

Reference periods: Data on child care are at November 1990, June 1993, March 1996 and June 1999.

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