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4102.0 - Australian Social Trends, 2001  
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State summary tables

LIVING ARRANGEMENTS

UnitsYears
NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT(a)
ACT
Aust.

Total households'0001999
2,403
1,748
1,338
610
719
186
65
117
7,186
Lone-person households%1999
23.8
23.0
24.0
27.6
25.5
26.1
18.7
24.1
24.2
Households with three or more persons%1999
43.4
44.9
42.7
36.9
41.1
39.5
49.3
42.0
42.8
Total families'0002000
1,721
1,278
957
416
497
131
36
80
5,116
Families with children under 15 years'0002000
740
524
419
164
216
56
19
34
2,172
Couple families'0002000
1,439
1,066
796
346
416
109
29
64
4,265
De facto couple families (of all couple families)(b)%1996
9.4
8.4
11.9
9.8
12.0
11.1
19.6
11.3
10.1
Couple-only families (of all couple families)%2000
52.1
52.4
52.4
57.7
51.2
54.9
47.2
51.5
52.6
Couple-only families with female partner aged under 40 (of all couple only families)%2000
22.4
21.2
21.1
20.5
20.2
18.2
34.2
27.9
21.5
Couple families with children under 15 (of all families with children under 15)%2000
79.6
80.3
78.7
76.9
78.6
76.7
76.3
74.5
79.1
Lone father families with children under 15 (of all families with children under 15)%2000
2.2
2.0
2.5
2.7
2.3
2.8
3.8
2.3
2.3
Lone mother families with children under 15 (of all families with children under 15)%2000
18.1
17.7
18.9
20.5
19.1
20.5
19.9
23.2
18.6
Families with at least one child aged under 5 (of all families with children under 15)%2000
46.7
45.8
46.3
43.8
46.6
46.3
44.6
45.3
46.1
Average family size (persons)no.2000
3.1
3.1
3.0
2.9
3.1
3.0
3.2
3.0
3.1
Children under 15 living in one-parent families (of all children under 15)%2000
18.2
16.4
19.0
19.9
18.4
20.5
21.3
24.0
18.2
Persons aged 20-24 living with parents (of all persons aged 20-24)%2000
48.5
52.2
35.4
42.9
43.5
34.1
20.1
43.6
45.5
Persons aged 25-34 living with parents (of all persons aged 25-34)%2000
12.8
16.8
8.5
10.3
9.7
8.2
*2.4
10.3
12.3
Persons aged 15-64 who live alone (of all persons aged 15-64)%2000
7.9
7.6
8.0
10.5
8.9
10.2
*10.1
8.6
8.2
Persons aged 65 and over who live alone (of all persons aged 65 and over)%2000
31.7
29.1
30.9
32.2
31.3
32.4
*18.7
32.1
30.9

FAMILIES AT WORK

UnitsYears
NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT
ACT
Aust.

Couple families with children under 15, both parents employed (of all couple families with children under 15)%2000
57.9
56.4
53.9
52.1
56.6
52.5
61.7
72.7
56.3
Couple families with children under 15, neither parent employed (of all couple families with children under 15)%2000
7.0
7.9
7.9
8.1
6.8
11.2
8.3
2.8
7.5
One-parent families with children under 15, parent employed (of all one-parent families with children under 15)%2000
47.1
47.6
47.4
42.0
49.1
43.3
53.9
60.9
47.3
Children under 15 living in families where no parent is employed (of all children under 15)%2000
16.3
16.1
17.8
19.1
16.5
20.8
16.2
13.2
16.8

FAMILY FORMATION

UnitsYears
NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT
ACT
Aust.

Registered marriages
Number of marriages'0001999
41.0
27.3
22.4
8.2
10.2
2.5
0.9
1.8
114.3
Crude marriage rate (per 1,000 population)rate1999
6.4
5.8
6.4
5.5
5.5
5.3
4.6
5.8
6.0
Marriages where both partners married for the first time (of all marriages)%1999
68.1
69.2
64.5
64.7
64.6
62.1
61.5
66.4
66.9
Median age of men at first marriageyears1999
28.1
28.4
28.0
28.1
28.5
28.2
29.5
28.3
28.2
Median age of women at first marriageyears1999
26.3
26.8
26.1
26.2
26.5
26.2
26.9
26.5
26.4
Median age at remarriage (divorced men)years1999
42.1
41.8
42.3
42.9
42.9
43.1
41.4
43.3
42.2
Median age at remarriage (divorced women)years1999
38.3
38.3
38.7
39.5
39.1
39.2
38.2
39.5
38.6
Divorce
Number of divorces'0001999
15.5
12.7
11.5
4.3
5.3
1.4
0.4
1.5
52.6
Crude divorce rate (per 1,000 population)rate1999
2.4
2.7
3.3
2.9
2.8
3.0
2.1
(c)
2.8
Median duration between marriage and final separationyears1999
7.1
8.1
8.2
8.7
8.1
8.9
6.9
8.4
7.9
Divorces involving children under 18 (of all divorces)%1999
51.5
53.9
56.3
57.3
51.2
59.2
52.6
55.8
53.9
Children under 18 affected by divorce'0001999
14.6
12.9
12.5
4.6
5.1
1.6
0.4
1.6
53.4
Fertility
Births'0001999
86.8
58.9
46.5
18.0
24.8
6.0
3.6
4.3
248.9
Total fertility rate (per woman)rate1999
1.81
1.62
1.76
1.70
1.76
1.87
2.15
1.68
1.75
Births to mothers aged under 20 (of all births)%1999
4.6
2.9
6.1
4.2
5.6
7.6
13.3
3.2
4.7
Births to mothers aged 35 and over (of all births)%1999
17.3
18.7
14.4
17.3
15.7
13.5
12.2
19.0
16.8
Births outside marriage (of all births)%1999
27.2
23.4
33.6
31.2
33.8
40.1
60.0
27.0
29.2
Births outside marriage acknowledged by father (of all births outside marriage)%1999
87.8
93.3
86.3
89.8
89.4
88.8
67.0
85.6
88.2

CHILD CARE

UnitsYears
NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT(d)
ACT
Aust.

Children aged under 3 using formal care (of all children under 3)%1999
20.7
19.7
25.8
25.5
23.6
20.1
34.8
28.8
22.3
Children aged under 3 using informal care (of all children under 3)%1999
43.4
47.7
37.1
50.7
38.3
38.0
32.6
40.8
43.0

(a) All estimates for the Northern Territory other than household estimates and those for de facto couples, refer to mainly urban areas only.
(b) Includes same-sex couples.
(c) Based on the location of the Family Court where the divorce is granted and registered. Due to the large number of divorces granted in the ACT to usual residents of another State, the divorce rate for the ACT is not representative of the ACT population.
(d) Estimates for child care for the Northern Territory refer to mainly urban areas only.

Reference periods: Data on living arrangements, and on families and work, are at June. Data on de facto couples are at census date. Data on family formation are for the calendar year. Data on child care are at June.

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