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3301.0 - Births, Australia, 2009 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 03/11/2010   
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STATES AND TERRITORIES

Total fertility rate

TFRs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women vary among the states and territories. In 2009, all states and territories recorded decreases in the TFR for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women from the previous year, except for Victoria and Queensland. Of all the states and territories, Queensland recorded the highest TFR (3.17 babies per woman), followed by Western Australia (3.06 babies per woman), although care should be taken when interpreting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians data for Queensland due to the 'Retrospective Births Project' undertaken by the Queensland Registry (see paragraph 38 of the Explanatory Notes for more information).

In 2009, the TFR for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women was higher than the TFR for all women in all states and territories with the exception of Tasmania.

3.6 Total fertility rates(a), Indigenous and all women, States and territories(b) - 2009
Graph: 3.6 Total fertility rates(a), Indigenous and all women, States and territories(b)—2009



Age-specific fertility rates

In 2009, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women aged 20-24 years recorded the highest fertility rate of all age groups in all states and territories, excluding Victoria. The highest fertility rates recorded for this age group were in Queensland and Western Australia (both 187 babies per 1,000 women).

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women aged 25-29 years recorded the highest fertility rate in Victoria and the second highest fertility rate in all other states and territories.

3.7 Age-specific fertility rates(a), Indigenous women, Selected states and territories - 2009
Graph: 3.7 Age-specific fertility rates(a), Indigenous women, Selected states and territories—2009


3.8 Age-specific fertility rates(a), Indigenous women, Selected states and territories - 2009
Graph: 3.8 Age-specific fertility rates(a), Indigenous women, Selected states and territories—2009



Indigenous teenage fertility rates

Of the 12,100 births registered to teenage women in Australia in 2009, 21% (2,400 births) were to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. Of the 390 births registered to teenage women in the Northern Territory in 2009, 79% (310 births) were to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.

The teenage fertility rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women living in Western Australia was 103 babies per 1,000 women, more than six times the rate of all teenage women in Australia (17 babies per 1,000 women). Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teenagers experienced the second highest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teenage fertility rate of the states and territories (100 babies per 1,000 women), followed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teenagers in Northern Territory (88 babies per 1,000 women).





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