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4102.0 - Australian Social Trends, 2003  
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National summary tables


LIVING ARRANGEMENTS
Units
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002

1Total households
'000
6,302
6,446
6,579
6,690
6,762
6,910
7,015
7,127
7,250
7,393
7,510
2Lone-person households
%
21.8
22.3
22.7
22.8
23.0
23.6
23.7
24.1
24.6
24.6
25.1
3Households with three or more persons
%
46.3
45.5
44.8
44.5
44.5
43.8
43.2
43.1
42.5
41.4
41.5
4Total families
'000
4,587
4,638
4,709
4,791
4,834
4,899
5,027
5,056
5,116
5,248
5,357
5Families with children aged under 15
'000
2,048
2,038
2,041
2,100
2,092
2,130
2,160
2,166
2,172
r2,186
2,213
6Couple families
'000
3,883
3,929
3,998
4,051
4,080
4,090
4,158
4,197
4,265
4,350
4,422
7De facto couple families - of all couple families(a)
%
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
10.1
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
12.4
n.a.
8Couple-only families - of all couple families
%
48.7
49.3
51.0
51.1
51.9
51.1
51.8
52.3
52.6
53.5
53.9
9Couple-only families with female partner aged under 40 - of all couple only families
%
22.1
22.3
22.7
21.6
21.3
20.9
21.3
21.3
21.5
r21.9
23.1
10Couple families with children aged under 15 - of all families with children aged under 15
%
83.5
83.0
82.8
81.5
81.6
80.0
78.4
78.8
79.1
78.3
77.0
11Lone-father families with children aged under 15 - of all families with children aged under 15
%
1.5
1.7
1.8
1.9
2.0
2.3
2.0
1.9
2.3
2.3
2.7
12Lone-mother families with children aged under 15 - of all families with children aged under 15
%
14.9
15.3
15.4
16.6
16.3
17.7
19.5
19.3
18.6
19.3
20.3
13Families with at least one child aged under 5 - of all families with children aged under 15
%
47.4
47.8
47.8
47.4
47.8
47.8
46.2
45.0
46.1
45.2
44.2
14Average family size - persons
no.
3.2
3.2
3.1
3.1
3.1
3.1
3.1
3.1
3.1
3.0
3.0
15Children aged under 15 living in one-parent families - of all children aged under 15
%
14.4
14.8
15.3
16.4
16.3
18.0
19.5
19.0
18.2
19.6
20.5
16Persons aged 20-24 living with parents - of all persons aged 20-24
%
47.4
46.1
44.7
45.2
44.5
46.2
48.0
47.2
45.5
45.8
45.9
17Persons aged 25-34 living with parents - of all persons aged 25-34
%
10.5
10.7
10.5
10.6
10.7
11.5
12.4
11.8
12.3
12.6
12.7
18Persons aged 15-64 who live alone - of all persons aged 15-64
%
6.3
6.8
7.0
7.4
7.6
7.9
8.1
8.2
8.2
8.5
8.5
19Persons aged 65 and over who live alone - of all persons aged 65 and over
%
29.3
31.0
29.4
29.3
29.8
30.7
29.0
29.5
30.9
29.2
30.1



FAMILIES AND WORK
Units
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002

Couple families with children aged under 15
20Both parents employed - of all couple families with children aged under 15
%
51.7
50.6
51.1
56.2
54.5
54.4
55.6
54.9
56.3
56.7
57.1
21Neither parent employed - of all couple families with children aged under 15
%
9.8
10.8
10.0
8.4
7.9
8.6
8.5
7.9
7.5
7.5
7.2
22
One-parent families with children aged under 15, parent employed - of all one-parent families with children aged under 15
%
40.6
41.4
41.8
43.2
42.7
42.9
42.1
44.0
47.3
46.4
46.2
23Children aged under 15 living in families where no parent is employed - of all children aged under 15
%
n.a.
18.8
18.5
17.1
17.2
18.1
19.7
18.3
16.8
17.9
17.9



FAMILY FORMATION
Units
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001

Registered marriages
24Number of marriages
'000
113.9
114.8
113.3
111.2
109.4
106.1
106.7
110.6
114.3
113.4
103.1
25Crude marriage rate (per 1,000 population)
rate
6.6
6.6
6.4
6.2
6.1
5.8
5.8
5.9
6.0
5.9
5.3
26Marriages where both partners married for the first time - of all marriages
%
67.5
67.2
67.1
67.5
67.5
66.4
66.6
66.7
66.9
66.6
67.0
27Median age of males at first marriage
years
26.7
26.9
27.0
27.2
27.3
27.6
27.8
27.9
28.2
28.5
28.7
28Median age of females at first marriage
years
24.5
24.7
24.8
25.1
25.3
25.7
25.9
26.2
26.4
26.7
26.9
29Median age at remarriage - divorced males
years
39.7
40.1
40.4
40.9
41.1
41.6
41.8
42.0
42.2
42.7
43.1
30Median age at remarriage - divorced females
years
36.1
36.5
36.8
37.4
37.6
38.0
38.2
38.4
38.6
39.1
39.5
Divorce
31Number of divorces
'000
45.6
45.7
48.4
48.3
49.7
52.5
51.3
51.4
52.6
49.9
55.3
32Crude divorce rate (per 1,000 population)
rate
2.6
2.6
2.7
2.7
2.8
2.9
2.8
2.7
2.8
2.6
2.8
33Median duration between marriage and final separation
years
7.4
7.4
7.6
7.6
7.6
7.6
7.7
7.8
7.9
8.2
8.3
34Divorces involving children aged under 18 - of all divorces
%
54.2
52.9
52.6
52.4
n.a.
53.6
54.0
53.4
53.9
52.7
51.2
35Children aged under 18 affected by divorce
'000
46.7
45.7
48.1
47.5
n.a.
52.5
51.7
51.6
53.4
49.6
53.4
Fertility
36Births(b)
'000
257.2
264.2
260.2
258.1
256.2
253.8
251.8
249.6
248.9
249.6
246.4
37Total fertility rate (per female)
rate
1.86
1.89
1.86
1.85
1.83
1.80
1.78
1.76
1.75
1.75
1.73
38Births to mothers aged under 20 - of all births
%
5.7
5.4
5.1
5.0
4.9
4.9
4.9
4.7
4.7
4.6
4.8
39Births to mothers aged 35 and over - of all births
%
10.7
11.4
11.9
12.9
13.7
14.6
15.3
16.1
16.8
17.4
17.8
40Births outside marriage - of all births
%
23.0
24.0
24.9
25.6
26.6
27.4
28.1
28.7
29.2
29.2
30.7
41Births outside marriage acknowledged by father - of all births outside marriage
%
79.5
81.0
81.7
82.2
83.3
84.2
85.5
87.1
88.2
88.2
87.9
42Females aged 35 and over giving birth for the first time - of all females aged 35 and over giving birth
%
12.7
19.9
19.8
20.8
20.8
21.2
22.4
23.3
23.7
n.a.
n.a.
43Median age of mothers at first birth
years
26.3
26.5
26.7
26.8
26.9
27.1
27.3
27.5
27.6
n.a.
n.a.



CHILD CARE
Units
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002

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

(a) Includes same-sex couples.
(b) Based on registered births.
(c) Components do not add to 100% as some children used both formal and informal care and others used neither.
Reference periods: Data on living arrangements, and on families and work, are at June. Data on de facto couple families are at census date. Data on family formation are for the calendar year. Data on child care are at November 1990, June 1993, March 1996 and June 1999.


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