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National and state summary tables



    FAMILY AND COMMUNITY: NATIONAL SUMMARY



    LIVING ARRANGEMENTS





    Units

    1993

    1994

    1995

    1996

    1997

    1998

    1999

    2000

    2001

    2002

    2003



    1

    Total households

    '000

    r6,428

    r6,554

    r6,668

    6,762

    6,910

    7,015

    7,127

    7,250

    7,393

    n.a.

    n.y.a.

    2

    Lone-person households

    %

    r22.1

    r22.4

    r22.9

    23.0

    23.6

    23.7

    24.1

    24.6

    24.6

    n.a.

    n.y.a.

    3

    Households with














    three or more persons

    %

    r45.6

    r45.0

    r44.7

    44.5

    43.8

    43.2

    43.1

    42.5

    41.4

    n.a.

    n.y.a.

    4

    Total families

    '000

    4,638

    4,709

    4,791

    4,834

    4,899

    5,027

    5,056

    5,116

    5,248

    5,357

    5,453

    5

    Families with














    children aged under 15 years

    '000

    2,038

    2,041

    2,100

    2,092

    2,130

    2,160

    2,166

    2,172

    2,186

    2,213

    2,203

    6

    Couple families

    '000

    3,929

    3,998

    4,051

    4,080

    4,090

    4,158

    4,197

    4,265

    4,350

    4,422

    4,532

    7

    De facto couple families -














    of all couple families(a)

    %

    n.a.

    n.a.

    n.a.

    10.1

    n.a.

    n.a.

    n.a.

    n.a.

    12.4

    n.a.

    n.a.

    8

    Couple-only families -














    of all couple families

    %

    49.3

    51.0

    51.1

    51.9

    51.1

    51.8

    52.3

    52.6

    53.5

    53.9

    55.1

    9

    Couple-only families with female














    partner aged under 40 years - of all














    couple only families

    %

    22.3

    22.7

    21.6

    21.3

    20.9

    21.3

    21.3

    21.5

    21.9

    23.1

    23.6

    10

    Couple families with children aged














    under 15 - of all families with














    children aged under 15

    %

    83.0

    82.8

    81.5

    81.6

    80.0

    78.4

    78.8

    79.1

    78.3

    77.0

    78.2

    11

    Lone-father families with children














    aged under 15 - of all families with














    children aged under 15

    %

    1.7

    1.8

    1.9

    2.0

    2.3

    2.0

    1.9

    2.3

    2.3

    2.7

    2.5

    12

    Lone-mother families with children














    aged under 15 - of all families with














    children aged under 15

    %

    15.3

    15.4

    16.6

    16.3

    17.7

    19.5

    19.3

    18.6

    19.3

    20.3

    19.3

    13

    Families with at least one child














    aged under 5 - of all families with














    children aged under 15

    %

    47.8

    47.8

    47.4

    47.8

    47.8

    46.2

    45.0

    46.1

    45.2

    44.2

    45.2

    14

    Average family size - persons

    no.

    3.2

    3.1

    3.1

    3.1

    3.1

    3.1

    3.1

    3.1

    3.1

    3.0

    3.0

    15

    Children aged under 15 living














    in one-parent families - of all














    children aged under 15

    %

    14.8

    15.3

    16.4

    16.3

    18.0

    19.5

    19.0

    18.2

    19.6

    20.5

    19.9

    16

    Persons aged 20-24 living with














    parents - of all persons aged 20-24

    %

    46.1

    44.7

    45.2

    44.5

    46.2

    48.0

    47.2

    45.5

    45.8

    45.9

    45.1

    17

    Persons aged 25-34 living with














    parents - of all persons aged 25-34

    %

    10.7

    10.5

    10.6

    10.7

    11.5

    12.4

    11.8

    12.3

    12.6

    12.7

    11.9

    18

    Persons aged 15-64 who live














    alone - of all persons aged 15-64

    %

    6.8

    7.0

    7.4

    7.6

    7.9

    8.0

    8.2

    8.4

    8.6

    8.7

    8.9

    19

    Persons aged 65 and over who














    live alone - of all persons














    aged 65 and over

    %

    r30.9

    29.4

    29.3

    29.8

    30.7

    r28.9

    29.5

    r31.1

    r29.3

    r30.3

    30.0



FAMILIES AND WORK





Units

1993

1994

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003




Couple families with














children aged under 15 years













20

    Both parents employed-














    of all couple families with














    children aged under 15

%

50.6

51.1

56.2

54.5

54.4

55.6

54.9

56.3

56.7

57.1

57.5

21

    Neither parent employed-














    of all couple families with














    children aged under 15

%

10.8

10.0

8.4

7.9

8.6

8.5

7.9

7.5

7.5

7.2

6.3

22

One-parent families with children














aged under 15, parent employed-














off all one-parent families with














children aged under 15

%

41.1

41.8

43.2

42.7

72.9

42.1

44.0

47.3

46.4

46.2

46.0

23

Children aged under 15 living














in families where no resident














parent is employed-














of all children aged under 15(b)

%

n.a.

n.a.

n.a.

16.2

18.6

17.7

17.8

17.9

17.4

n.a.

n.y.a



FAMILY FORMATION





Units

1993

1994

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003


        Registered marriages















        24

        Number of marriages

        '000

        113.3

        111.2

        109.4

        106.1

        106.7

        110.6

        114.3

        113.4

        103.1

        105.4

        n.y.a.

        25

        Crude marriage rate














        (per 1,000 population)

        rate

        6.4

        6.2

        6.1

        5.8

        5.8

        5.9

        6.0

        5.9

        5.3

        5.4

        n.y.a.

        26

        Marriages where both














        partners married for the














        first time - of all marriages

        %

        67.1

        67.5

        67.5

        66.4

        66.6

        66.7

        66.9

        66.6

        r66.9

        66.3

        n.y.a.

        27

        Median age of males at first marriage

        years

        27.0

        27.2

        27.3

        27.6

        27.8

        27.9

        28.2

        28.5

        28.7

        29.0

        n.y.a.

        28

        Median age of females














        at first marriage

        years

        24.8

        25.1

        25.3

        25.7

        25.9

        26.2

        26.4

        26.7

        26.9

        27.1

        n.y.a.

        29

        Median age at remarriage -














        divorced males

        years

        40.4

        40.9

        41.1

        41.6

        41.8

        42.0

        42.2

        42.7

        43.1

        43.6

        n.y.a.

        30

        Median age at remarriage -














        divorced females

        years

        36.8

        37.4

        37.6

        38.0

        38.2

        38.4

        38.6

        39.1

        39.5

        39.8

        n.y.a.
















        Divorce



























        31

        Number of divorces

        '000

        48.4

        48.3

        49.7

        52.5

        51.3

        51.4

        52.6

        49.9

        55.3

        n.y.a.

        n.y.a.

        32

        Crude divorce rate














        (per 1,000 population)

        rate

        2.7

        2.7

        2.8

        2.9

        2.8

        2.7

        2.8

        2.6

        r2.9

        n.y.a.

        n.y.a.

        33

        Median duration of














        marriage until separation

        years

        7.6

        7.6

        7.6

        7.6

        7.7

        7.8

        7.9

        8.2

        8.3

        n.y.a.

        n.y.a.

        34

        Divorces involving children














        aged under 18 years- of all divorces

        %

        52.6

        52.4

        n.a.

        53.6

        54.0

        53.4

        53.9

        52.7

        51.2

        n.y.a.

        n.y.a.

        35

        Children aged under 18














        involved in divorce

        '000

        48.1

        47.5

        n.a.

        52.5

        51.7

        51.6

        53.4

        49.6

        53.4

        n.y.a.

        n.y.a.
















        Fertility



























        36

        Births(c)

        '000

        260.2

        258.1

        256.2

        253.8

        251.8

        249.6

        248.9

        249.6

        246.4

        251.0

        n.y.a.

        37

        Total fertility rate (per female)

        rate

        1.86

        1.85

        1.83

        1.80

        1.78

        1.76

        r1.76

        r1.76

        1.73

        1.75

        n.y.a.

        38

        Births to mothers aged














        under 20 - of all births

        %

        5.1

        5.0

        4.9

        4.9

        4.9

        4.7

        4.7

        4.6

        4.8

        4.6

        n.y.a.

        39

        Births to mothers aged














        35 and over - of all births

        %

        11.9

        12.9

        13.7

        14.6

        15.3

        16.1

        16.8

        17.4

        17.8

        18.4

        n.y.a.

        40

        Births outside marriage - of all births

        %

        24.9

        25.6

        26.6

        27.4

        28.1

        28.7

        29.2

        29.2

        r30.7

        31.3

        n.y.a.

        41

        Births outside marriage














        acknowledged by father -














        of all births outside marriage

        %

        81.7

        82.2

        83.3

        84.2

        85.5

        87.1

        88.2

        88.2

        87.9

        88.0

        n.y.a.

        42

        Females aged 35 and over giving














        birth for the first time - of all














        females aged 35 and over giving birth

        %

        19.8

        20.8

        20.8

        21.2

        22.4

        23.3

        23.7

        24.7

        n.a.

        n.a.

        n.a.

        43

        Median age of mothers at first birth

        years

        26.6

        26.8

        26.9

        27.1

        27.3

        27.5

        27.6

        27.9

        n.a.

        n.a.

        n.a.

    CHILD CARE
    Units
    1993
    1994
    1995
    1996
    1997
    1998
    1999
    2000
    2001
    2002
    2003

    44Children aged under 3 using formal care – of all children aged under 3(d)
    %
    17.0
    n.a.
    n.a.
    21.6
    n.a.
    n.a.
    22.3
    n.a.
    n.a.
    25.2
    n.a.
    45Children aged under 3 using informal care – of all children aged under 3(d)
    %
    40.3
    n.a.
    n.a.
    39.3
    n.a.
    n.a.
    43.0
    n.a.
    n.a.
    36.9.
    n.a.
    46Children aged 3–4 using formal
    care – of all children aged 3–4(d)
    %
    59.6
    n.a.
    n.a.
    59.2
    n.a.
    n.a.
    65.7
    n.a.
    n.a.
    72.8
    n.a.
    47Children aged 3–4 using informal
    care – of all children aged 3–4(d)
    %
    42.9
    n.a.
    n.a.
    41.2
    n.a.
    n.a.
    43.2
    n.a.
    n.a.
    36.4
    n.a.
    48Median weekly hours of care received by children aged under 3 –
    formal and informal combined
    hours
    10
    n.a.
    n.a.
    12
    n.a.
    n.a.
    11
    n.a.
    n.a.
    13
    n.a.
    49Median weekly hours of care
    received by children aged 3–4 –
    formal and informal combined
    hours
    13
    n.a.
    n.a.
    14
    n.a.
    n.a.
    14
    n.a.
    n.a.
    16
    n.a.

    (a) Includes same-sex couples. Data only available in census years.
    (b) Data for this indicator are derived from the Survey of Income and Housing; results are benchmarked by age for children aged 1–4 years and 5–14 years. These data are not necessarily consistent with data for indicator 15, which are derived from the Labour Force Survey and are not benchmarked for people aged less than 15 years.
    (c) Based on registered births.
    (d) Components do not add to 100% as some children used both formal and informal care and others used neither.
    Reference periods:
              Data for indicators 1–3 are at 30 June.
              Data for indicators 4–6 and 8–23 are at June.
              Data for indicator 7 are at census date.
              Data for indicators 24–43 are for the calendar year.
              Data for indicators 44–49 are at June (1993, 1999 and 2002) and March (1996).



    FAMILY AND COMMUNITY: STATE SUMMARY
    LIVING ARRANGEMENTS
    Units
    Years
    NSW
    Vic.
    Qld
    SA
    WA
    Tas.
    NT
    ACT
    Aust.

    1Total households(a)
    '000
    2001
    2,434
    1,818
    1,406
    614
    739
    191
    63
    123
    7,393
    2Lone-person households
    %
    2001
    23.1
    24.1
    24.8
    27.6
    26.8
    29.3
    25.0
    26.4
    24.6
    3Households with
    three or more persons
    %
    2001
    43.1
    43.0
    39.8
    36.4
    39.9
    37.2
    44.4
    41.4
    41.4
    4Total families
    '000
    2003
    1,825
    1,351
    1,050
    430
    542
    135
    38
    83
    5,453
    5Families with
    children aged under 15 years
    '000
    2003
    742
    545
    425
    160
    223
    55
    18
    35
    2,203
    6Couple families
    '000
    2003
    1,514
    1,130
    873
    356
    453
    110
    30
    67
    4,532
    7De facto couple families -
    of all couple families(b)
    %
    2001
    11.5
    11.1
    14.0
    12.4
    14.3
    14.3
    23.2
    14.3
    12.4
    8Couple-only families -
    of all couple families
    %
    2003
    54.8
    53.3
    56.6
    59.5
    55.2
    56.5
    49.7
    52.9
    55.1
    9Couple-only families with female partner aged under 40 years -
    of all couple only families
    %
    2003
    24.0
    23.9
    23.3
    20.1
    25.2
    16.0
    31.1
    30.3
    23.6
    10Couple families with children
    aged under 15 - of all families
    with children aged under 15
    %
    2003
    78.2
    80.8
    76.7
    75.0
    78.3
    74.5
    75.8
    77.0
    78.2
    11Lone-father families with children
    aged under 15 - of all families
    with children aged under 15
    %
    2003
    2.8
    2.3
    1.9
    3.0
    2.5
    2.1
    2.6
    3.7
    2.5
    12Lone-mother families with children aged under 15 - of all families
    with children aged under 15
    %
    2003
    19.0
    16.9
    21.4
    22.2
    19.3
    23.5
    21.6
    19.3
    19.3
    13Families with at least one child
    aged under 5 - of all families
    with children aged under 15
    %
    2003
    46.1
    44.5
    45.3
    46.2
    44.2
    43.1
    48.5
    38.3
    45.2
    14Average family size - persons
    no.
    2003
    3.0
    3.1
    3.0
    2.9
    3.0
    2.9
    3.2
    3.1
    3.0
    15Children aged under 15 living
    in one-parent families - of all
    children aged under 15
    %
    2003
    19.9
    17.7
    20.4
    23.6
    20.1
    22.4
    22.1
    22.1
    19.9
    16Persons aged 20-24 living with parents - of all persons aged 20-24
    %
    2003
    47.7
    50.6
    36.8
    47.1
    38.5
    37.1
    30.7
    46.8
    45.1
    17Persons aged 25-34 living with parents - of all persons aged 25-34
    %
    2003
    12.2
    14.7
    9.9
    9.6
    8.8
    9.3
    8.1
    13.1
    11.9
    18Persons aged 15-64 who live
    alone - of all persons aged 15-64
    %
    2003
    8.4
    8.7
    8.4
    10.9
    9.9
    10.1
    11.7
    9.2
    8.9
    19Persons aged 65 and over
    who live alone - of all persons
    aged 65 and over
    %
    2003
    29.6
    30.3
    28.2
    33.8
    29.8
    32.5
    29.0
    27.4
    30.0

    FAMILIES AND WORK
    Units
    Years
    NSW
    Vic.
    Qld
    SA
    WA
    Tas.
    NT
    ACT
    Aust.

    Couple families with
    children aged under 15 years
    20Both parents employed -
    of all couple families with
    children aged under 15
    %
    2003
    58.4
    57.4
    56.6
    57.7
    55.4
    49.4
    70.3
    66.3
    57.5
    21Neither parent employed -
    of all couple families with
    children aged under 15
    %
    2003
    6.4
    6.0
    7.1
    6.1
    5.6
    9.3
    1.9
    5.4
    6.3
    22One-parent families with children
    aged under 15, parent employed -
    of all one-parent families with
    children aged under 15
    %
    2003
    42.7
    51.1
    44.4
    46.0
    45.7
    47.3
    53.0
    63.3
    46.0
    23Children aged under 15 living
    in families where no resident
    parent is employed -
    of all children aged under 15(c)
    %
    2001
    18.2
    16.5
    14.7
    19.8
    20.4
    23.0
    18.5
    8.9
    17.4


    FAMILY FORMATION
    Units
    Years
    NSW
    Vic.
    Qld
    SA
    WA
    Tas.
    NT
    ACT
    Aust.

    Registered marriages
    24Number of marriages
    '000
    2002
    36.3
    25.1
    21.3
    7.4
    10.5
    2.6
    0.7
    1.6
    105.4
    25Crude marriage rate
    (per 1,000 population)
    rate
    2002
    5.5
    5.2
    5.7
    4.9
    5.4
    5.5
    3.8
    4.9
    5.4
    26Marriages where both partners married for the first time -
    of all marriages
    %
    2002
    68.1
    68.2
    63.2
    63.8
    64.9
    60.6
    61.4
    67.0
    66.3
    27Median age of males at first marriage
    years
    2002
    28.9
    29.2
    28.9
    28.8
    29.5
    28.8
    29.9
    28.6
    29.0
    28Median age of females
    at first marriage
    years
    2002
    26.9
    27.5
    26.9
    26.7
    27.3
    26.8
    27.7
    27.2
    27.1
    29Median age at remarriage -
    divorced males
    years
    2002
    43.2
    43.4
    43.8
    44.4
    44.3
    43.9
    44.5
    43.7
    43.6
    30Median age at remarriage -
    divorced females
    years
    2002
    39.3
    39.5
    39.9
    40.8
    40.5
    41.3
    38.9
    39.9
    39.8
    Divorce
    31Number of divorces
    '000
    2001
    16.1
    13.7
    12.1
    4.5
    5.4
    1.4
    0.4
    1.7
    55.3
    32Crude divorce rate
    (per 1,000 population)
    rate
    2001
    2.4
    r2.9
    3.3
    3.0
    2.8
    r3.1
    r2.3
    (d)
    r2.9
    33Median duration of
    marriage until separation
    years
    2001
    7.5
    8.5
    r8.3
    9.1
    9.2
    9.7
    7.1
    8.8
    8.3
    34Divorces involving children
    aged under 18 - of all divorces
    %
    2001
    45.5
    52.2
    r54.6
    53.9
    54.3
    56.2
    47.2
    53.1
    51.2
    35Children aged under 18
    involved in divorce
    '000
    2001
    13.5
    13.6
    12.5
    4.6
    5.5
    1.5
    0.4
    1.7
    53.4
    Fertility
    36Births(e)
    '000
    2002
    86.6
    61.5
    47.8
    17.7
    23.6
    6.0
    3.7
    4.1
    251.0
    37Total fertility rate (per female)
    rate
    2002
    1.80
    1.68
    1.77
    1.72
    1.69
    1.96
    2.28
    1.59
    1.75
    38Births to mothers aged
    under 20 - of all births
    %
    2002
    4.2
    3.0
    6.1
    4.4
    5.5
    7.5
    12.3
    3.1
    4.6
    39Births to mothers aged
    35 and over - of all births
    %
    2002
    18.9
    20.8
    15.7
    19.4
    17.1
    14.3
    14.4
    19.4
    18.4
    40Births outside marriage - of all births
    %
    2002
    28.0
    26.2
    36.6
    34.4
    35.1
    46.8
    62.0
    26.8
    31.3
    41Births outside marriage
    acknowledged by father -
    of all births outside marriage
    %
    2002
    87.5
    92.2
    87.1
    89.9
    90.3
    83.4
    64.5
    88.2
    88.0

    CHILD CARE
    Units
    Years
    NSW
    Vic.
    Qld
    SA
    WA
    Tas.
    NT(f)
    ACT
    Aust.

    42Children aged under 3 using formal care - of all children aged under 3(g)
    %
    2002
    21.7
    26.3
    29.7
    22.9
    23.2
    27.5
    39.3
    39.7
    25.2
    43Children aged under 3 using informal care - of all children aged under 3(g)
    %
    2002
    36.8
    30.1
    36.6
    48.4
    45.0
    40.4
    41.4
    38.0
    36.9
    44Children aged 3-4 using formal
    care - of all children aged 3-4(g)
    %
    2002
    75.6
    71.3
    75.0
    68.4
    69.1
    62.9
    54.9
    79.7
    72.8
    45Children aged 3-4 using informal
    care - of all children aged 3-4(g)
    %
    2002
    33.7
    39.8
    31.7
    48.0
    37.0
    38.2
    35.1
    40.9
    36.4
    46Median weekly hours of care
    received by children aged under 3 - formal and informal combined
    hours
    2002
    15
    12
    16
    8
    10
    10
    n.a.
    n.a.
    13
    47Median weekly hours of care
    received by children aged 3-4 - formal and informal combined
    hours
    2002
    16
    13
    18
    12
    12
    12
    n.a.
    n.a.
    16

    (a) State figures to not add to national figure as the data for Australia include Other Territories.
    (b) Includes same-sex couples. Data only available in census years.
    (c) Data for this indicator are derived from the Survey of Income and Housing; results are benchmarked by age for children aged 1-4 years and 5-14 years. These data are not necessarily consistent with data for indicator 15, which are derived from the Labour Force Survey and are not benchmarked for people aged less than 15 years.
    (d) 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 Australian Capital Territory to usual residents of another state, the divorce rate for the Australian Capital Territory is not representative of the Australian Capital Territory population.
    (e) Based on registered births.
    (f) Estimates for child care for the Northern Territory refer to mainly urban areas only.
    (g) Components do not add to 100% as some children used both formal and informal care and others used neither.

    Reference periods:
    Data for indicators 1-6, 8-23 and 42-47 are at June.
    Data for indicator 7 are at census date.
    Data for indicators 24-41 are for the calendar year.


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