1384.6 - Statistics - Tasmania, 2004  
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Feature Article - Family life

Feature article published in the Tasmanian Year Book, 2000 (1301.6)

  • In Tasmania in 1998 there were 186,000 households of which 26.1% were lone-person households and 38.9% were households with three or more persons.
  • In Tasmania in 1998 there were 131,000 families of which 110,000 (84%) were couple families.

Couple only families comprised 54.3% of all couple families while defacto couple families (including same-sex couples) comprised 11.1% of all couple families.

Of all families with children under 15 in Tasmania in 1998 77% were couple families with children under 15, 20.6% were lone mother families with children under 15 and 2.4% were lone father families with children under 15.

Of all families with children under 15, 43.4% were families with at least one child aged under 5. The average family size in Tasmania in 1998 was 3 persons, compared with 3.1 persons nationally.

Of all couple families with children under 15, 51.9% had both parents employed, and 12.1% had neither parent employed. Of all one parent families with children under 15, 48.5% had a parent employed.
  • In 1998 in Tasmania of all persons aged 65 and over 33.7% lived alone. This is a higher proportion than any other State or Territory.
  • In 1997 in Tasmania, 7.6% of all births were births to mothers aged under 20. With the exception of the Northern Territory this figure is higher than any other State or Territory. Of all births 11.4% were births to mothers aged 35 and over.
  • In 1998 Tasmania had the lowest proportion of households who owned or were buying a computer (36%) and the lowest proportion of households with Internet access (10%).
  • In Tasmania in 1997, 85.5% of all housing stock consisted of separate houses, 5.1% were semi-detached or townhouses and 8.0% were flats or apartments.
  • In Tasmania in 1997, house owners with a mortgage accounted for 27.1% of the population while owners without a mortgage accounted for 42.3% of the population.