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3301.0 - Births, Australia, 2011 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 25/10/2012   
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STATES AND TERRITORIES


The number of births in 2011 increased for most states and territories, with the exception of Queensland, South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory.

Births Registered, States and territories - 2010 and 2011

Change
2010
2011
2010-2011
2010-2011
no.
no.
no.
%

New South Wales
95 918
99 054
3 136
3.3
Victoria
70 568
71 444
876
1.2
Queensland
64 467
63 253
-1 214
-1.9
South Australia
20 076
19 892
-184
-0.9
Western Australia
31 424
32 259
835
2.7
Tasmania
6 385
6 608
223
3.5
Northern Territory
3 899
3 954
55
1.4
Australian Capital Territory
5 149
5 121
-28
-0.5
Australia(a)
297 903
301 617
3 714
1.2

(a) Includes Other Territories.


Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory recorded the oldest median ages of mothers and fathers (for mothers 31.4 years and 31.5 years respectively, for fathers both 33.6 years). The Northern Territory had the youngest mothers and fathers (28.5 years and 31.5 years), followed by Tasmania (29.4 years and 31.8 years).

Total fertility rates (TFRs) for New South Wales, Tasmania and the Northern Territory increased in 2011. The remaining states all recorded a slight decrease in TFR. In 2011, Tasmania recorded the highest TFR (2.17 babies per woman) and Victoria recorded the lowest (1.75 babies per woman).

Graph Image for Total Fertility Rate (a), States and territories

Footnote(s): (a) Births per woman.

Source(s): Births, Australia


Fertility rates were highest for women aged 30–34 years in all states and territories in 2011, with the exception of Tasmania and the Northern Territory, where women aged 25–29 years recorded the highest fertility rate. For more information see data cube Table 1: Births, Summary, States and territories - 2001 to 2011.


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