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National summary tables

LIVING ARRANGEMENTS

Units
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001

Total households'000
6,173
6,302
6,446
6,579
6,690
6,762
r6,910
r7,015
r7,127
7,250
7,393
Lone-person households%
21.1
21.8
22.3
22.7
22.8
23.0
r23.6
r23.7
r24.1
24.6
24.6
Households with three or more persons%
47.0
46.3
45.5
44.8
44.5
44.5
r43.8
43.2
r43.1
42.5
41.4
Total families'000
4,502
4,587
4,638
4,709
4,791
4,834
4,899
5,027
5,056
5,116
5,248
Families with children under 15'000
2,002
2,048
2,038
2,041
2,100
2,092
2,130
2,160
2,166
2,172
2,162
Couple families'000
3,849
3,883
3,929
3,998
4,051
4,080
4,090
4,158
4,197
4,265
4,350
De facto couple families (of all couple families)(a)%
8.2
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
10.1
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.y.a.
Couple-only families (of all couple families)%
48.9
48.7
49.3
51.0
51.1
51.9
51.1
51.8
52.3
52.6
53.5
Couple-only families with female partner aged under 40 (of all couple only families)%
22.0
22.1
22.3
22.7
21.6
21.3
20.9
21.3
21.3
21.5
19.9
Couple families with children under 15 (of all families with children under 15)%
84.0
83.5
83.0
82.8
81.5
81.6
80.0
78.4
78.8
79.1
78.3
Lone-father families with children under 15 (of all families with children under 15)%
1.8
1.5
1.7
1.8
1.9
2.0
2.3
2.0
1.9
2.3
2.3
Lone-mother families with children under 15 (of all families with children under 15)%
14.2
14.9
15.3
15.4
16.6
16.3
17.7
19.5
19.3
18.6
19.3
Families with at least one child aged under 5 (of all families with children under 15)%
47.4
47.4
47.8
47.8
47.4
47.8
47.8
46.2
45.0
46.1
45.2
Average family size (persons)no.
3.2
3.2
3.2
3.1
3.1
3.1
3.1
3.1
3.1
3.1
3.0
Children under 15 living in one-parent families (of all children under 15) %
13.6
14.4
14.8
15.3
16.4
16.3
18.0
19.5
19.0
18.2
19.6
Persons aged 20-24 living with parents (of all persons aged 20-24)%
47.2
47.4
46.1
44.7
45.2
44.5
46.2
48.0
47.2
45.5
45.8
Persons aged 25-34 living with parents (of all persons aged 25-34)%
10.7
10.5
10.7
10.5
10.6
10.7
11.5
12.4
11.8
12.3
12.6
Persons aged 15-64 who live alone (of all persons aged 15-64)%
6.0
6.3
6.8
7.0
7.4
7.6
7.9
8.1
8.2
8.2
8.5
Persons aged 65 and over who live alone (of all persons aged 65 and over)%
29.4
29.3
31.0
29.4
29.3
29.8
30.7
29.0
29.5
30.9
29.2

FAMILIES AND WORK

Units
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001

Couple families with children under 15, both parents employed (of all couple families with children under 15)%
51.8
51.7
50.6
51.1
56.2
54.5
54.4
55.6
54.9
56.3
56.7
Couple families with children under 15, neither parent employed (of all couple families with children under 15)%
8.1
9.8
10.8
10.0
8.4
7.9
8.6
8.5
7.9
7.5
7.5
One-parent families with children under 15, parent employed (of all one-parent families with children under 15)%
43.2
40.6
41.4
41.8
43.2
42.7
42.9
42.1
44.0
47.3
46.4
Children under 15 living in families where no parent is employed (of all children under 15)%
n.a.
n.a.
18.8
18.5
17.1
17.2
18.1
19.7
18.3
16.8
17.9

FAMILY FORMATION

Units
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000

Registered marriages
Number of marriages'000
117.0
113.9
114.8
113.3
111.2
109.4
106.1
106.7
110.6
114.3
113.4
Crude marriage rate (per 1,000 population)rate
6.9
6.6
6.6
6.4
6.2
6.1
5.8
5.8
5.9
6.0
5.9
Marriages where both partners married for the first time (of all marriages)%
67.4
67.5
67.2
67.1
67.5
67.5
66.4
66.6
66.7
66.9
66.6
Median age of males at first marriageyears
26.5
26.7
26.9
27.0
27.2
27.3
27.6
27.8
27.9
28.2
28.5
Median age of females at first marriageyears
24.3
24.5
24.7
24.8
25.1
25.3
25.7
25.9
26.2
26.4
26.7
Median age at remarriage (divorced males)years
39.6
39.7
40.1
40.4
40.9
41.1
41.6
41.8
42.0
42.2
42.7
Median age at remarriage (divorced females)years
36.0
36.1
36.5
36.8
37.4
37.6
38.0
38.2
38.4
38.6
39.1
Divorce
Number of divorces'000
42.6
45.6
45.7
48.4
48.3
49.7
52.5
51.3
51.4
52.6
49.9
Crude divorce rate (per 1,000 population)rate
2.5
2.6
2.6
2.7
2.7
2.8
2.9
2.8
2.7
2.8
2.6
Median duration between marriage and final separationyears
7.3
7.4
7.4
7.6
7.6
7.6
7.6
7.7
7.8
7.9
8.2
Divorces involving children under 18 (of all divorces)%
55.6
54.2
52.9
52.6
52.4
n.a.
53.6
54.0
53.4
53.9
52.7
Children under 18 affected by divorce'000
44.9
46.7
45.7
48.1
47.5
n.a.
52.5
51.7
51.6
53.4
49.6
Fertility
Births'000
262.6
257.2
264.2
260.2
258.1
256.2
253.8
251.8
249.6
248.9
249.6
Total fertility rate (per female)rate
1.91
1.86
1.89
1.86
1.85
1.83
1.80
1.78
1.76
1.75
1.75
Births to mothers aged under 20 (of all births)%
5.8
5.7
5.4
5.1
5.0
4.9
4.9
4.9
4.7
4.7
4.6
Births to mothers aged 35 and over (of all births)%
10.0
10.7
11.4
11.9
12.9
13.7
14.6
15.3
16.1
16.8
17.4
Births outside marriage (of all births)%
21.9
23.0
24.0
24.9
25.6
26.6
27.4
28.1
28.7
29.2
29.2
Births outside marriage acknowledged by father (of all births outside marriage)%
77.1
79.5
81.0
81.7
82.2
83.3
84.2
85.5
87.1
88.2
88.2
Females aged 35 and over giving birth for the first time (of all births to females 35 and over)%
n.a.
12.7
19.9
19.8
20.8
20.8
21.2
22.4
23.3
23.7
n.a.
Median age of mothers at first birthyears
n.a.
26.3
26.5
r26.7
26.8
26.9
27.1
27.3
27.5
27.6
n.a.

CHILD CARE

Units
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001

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

(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 couple are at census date. Data on family formation are for the calendar year. Data on child care are at November 1990, June 1993, March 1996 and June 1999.

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