4442.0 - Family Characteristics, Australia, 2009-10  
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The statistics in this publication were compiled from the Family Characteristics topic in the Multi-Purpose Household Survey (MPHS), which was conducted as a supplement to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Monthly Population Survey (MPS). The MPHS was conducted in both urban and rural areas in all states and territories, excluding very remote parts of Australia, from July 2009 to June 2010.


The Family Characteristics Survey has been conducted before, in 1982, 1992, 1997, 2003 and 2006-07. The content is largely repeated, which enables comparisons to be made over time.

The 2009-10 Family Characteristics Survey collected information on household and family composition, along with demographic and labour force characteristics of persons within households and families. A particular focus of the collection is families with children aged 0-17 years. For those families, additional information is collected about family structures, the social marital status of parents, and contact arrangements for children with a natural parent living elsewhere. In the 2009-10 survey, information was also collected about children's contact with their grandparents, and about child support arrangements for children with a natural parent living elsewhere.


As estimates have been rounded, discrepancies may occur between sums of the component items and totals.


For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.