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4102.0 - Australian Social Trends, 2002  
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State summary tables

LIVING ARRANGEMENTS

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

Total households'0002001
2,434
1,818
1,406
614
739
191
69
123
7,393
Lone-person households%2001
23.1
24.1
24.8
27.6
26.8
29.3
25.0
26.4
24.6
Households with three or more persons%2001
43.1
43.0
39.8
36.4
39.9
37.2
44.4
41.4
41.4
Total families'0002001
1,773
1,313
970
426
519
131
37
79
5,248
Families with children under 15 years'0002001
723
541
422
156
215
56
18
32
2,162
Couple families'0002001
1,483
1,081
800
353
430
108
31
64
4,350
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)%2001
53.9
51.6
53.3
58.5
53.5
55.8
46.3
49.6
53.5
Couple-only families with female partner aged under 40 (of all couple only families)%2001
20.8
18.0
19.6
18.8
23.0
14.4
34.9
21.4
19.9
Couple families with children under 15 (of all families with children under 15)%2001
79.7
78.9
76.5
76.5
78.5
75.5
76.9
76.6
78.3
Lone father families with children under 15 (of all families with children under 15)%2001
2.0
1.7
2.9
3.2
2.9
1.8
5.0
4.3
2.3
Lone mother families with children under 15 (of all families with children under 15)%2001
18.3
19.4
20.6
20.4
18.6
22.7
18.1
19.1
19.3
Families with at least one child aged under 5 (of all families with children under 15)%2001
45.5
44.4
45.9
45.1
44.2
47.8
44.7
46.1
45.2
Average family size (persons)no.2001
3.1
3.1
3.0
2.9
3.0
3.0
3.1
3.0
3.0
Children under 15 living in one-parent families (of all children under 15)%2001
18.3
19.2
21.5
20.7
19.4
21.0
20.8
21.0
19.6
Persons aged 20-24 living with parents (of all persons aged 20-24)%2001
49.8
50.3
37.4
44.3
41.0
43.4
28.3
34.6
45.8
Persons aged 25-34 living with parents (of all persons aged 25-34)%2001
14.3
16.4
7.6
12.3
8.1
8.7
5.4
10.6
12.6
Persons aged 15-64 who live alone (of all persons aged 15-64)%2001
7.5
8.1
8.8
10.3
9.9
10.0
11.3
9.8
8.5
Persons aged 65 and over who live alone (of all persons aged 65 and over)%2001
27.9
28.1
29.6
31.4
30.9
37.1
31.9
32.5
29.2

FAMILIES AND 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)%2001
56.7
57.2
56.4
55.3
55.0
55.3
65.3
70.4
56.7
Couple families with children under 15, neither parent employed (of all couple families with children under 15)%2001
7.6
6.7
8.9
7.8
7.2
8.1
5.3
2.8
7.5
One-parent families with children under 15, parent employed (of all one-parent families with children under 15)%2001
42.2
47.9
47.7
46.8
51.0
41.1
49.5
62.1
46.4
Children under 15 living in families where no parent is employed (of all children under 15)%2001
17.7
16.6
19.9
18.7
17.1
20.9
15.6
11.7
17.9

FAMILY FORMATION

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

Registered marriages
Number of marriages'0002000
39.3
26.9
22.8
8.2
11.0
2.6
0.9
1.7
113.4
Crude marriage rate (per 1,000 population)rate2000
6.1
5.6
6.4
5.5
5.8
5.5
4.4
5.6
5.9
Marriages where both partners married for the first time (of all marriages)%2000
67.7
68.9
64.3
64.1
64.7
61.4
58.4
67.6
66.6
Median age of males at first marriageyears2000
28.4
28.7
28.3
28.4
28.8
28.3
29.8
28.3
28.5
Median age of females at first marriageyears2000
26.5
27.1
26.4
26.5
26.8
26.3
27.7
26.7
26.7
Median age at remarriage (divorced males)years2000
42.6
42.3
42.7
43.7
43.0
43.2
43.6
42.9
42.7
Median age at remarriage (divorced females)years2000
38.8
38.7
39.0
40.2
39.8
39.8
38.6
39.3
39.1
Divorce
Number of divorces'0002000
14.8
12.4
10.1
4.0
5.3
1.3
0.5
1.6
49.9
Crude divorce rate (per 1,000 population)rate2000
2.3
2.6
2.8
2.7
2.8
2.8
2.3
(c)
2.6
Median duration between marriage and final separationyears2000
7.6
8.4
8.3
8.9
8.7
9.0
7.0
8.9
8.2
Divorces involving children under 18 (of all divorces)%2000
51.2
52.8
53.5
55.6
50.3
58.3
47.3
58.0
52.7
Children under 18 affected by divorce'0002000
14.1
12.4
10.3
4.2
5.0
1.5
0.4
1.7
49.6
Fertility
Births'0002000
86.8
59.2
47.3
17.9
25.1
5.7
3.7
4.1
249.6
Total fertility rate (per woman)rate2000
1.81
1.63
1.78
1.71
1.78
1.79
2.22
1.61
1.75
Births to mothers aged under 20 (of all births)%2000
4.2
2.9
6.1
4.2
5.6
7.7
13.3
3.1
4.6
Births to mothers aged 35 and over (of all births)%2000
17.8
19.3
15.0
18.6
16.2
13.7
13.7
18.5
17.4
Births outside marriage (of all births)%2000
26.5
23.8
33.9
32.6
34.0
40.4
60.7
25.5
29.2
Births outside marriage acknowledged by father (of all births outside marriage)%2000
87.4
92.9
86.9
89.9
90.4
89.2
62.5
86.7
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 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.
(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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