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4102.0 - Australian Social Trends, 1999  
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National summary tables


LIVING ARRANGEMENTS

Units
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998

Total households
'000
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
6,173
6,302
6,446
6,579
6,690
6,762
6,956
7,056
Lone-person households
%
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
21.1
21.8
22.3
22.7
22.8
23.0
23.8
23.8
Households with three or more persons
%
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
47.0
46.3
45.5
44.8
44.5
44.5
43.6
43.2
Total families
'000
4,236
4,319
4,456
4,502
4,587
4,638
4,709
4,791
4,834
4,899
5,027
Families with children under 15
'000
1,962
1,947
1,999
2,002
2,048
2,038
2,041
2,100
2,092
2,130
2,160
Couple families
'000
3,660
3,729
3,812
3,849
3,883
3,929
3,998
4,051
4,080
4,090
4,158
De facto couple families (of all couple families)(a)
%
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
8.2
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
10.1
n.a.
n.a.
Couple-only families (of all couple families)
%
47.2
48.2
48.2
48.9
48.7
49.3
51.0
51.1
51.9
51.1
51.8
Couple-only families with female partner aged under 40 (of all couple only families)
%
n.a.
n.a.
22.5
22.0
22.1
22.3
22.7
21.6
21.3
20.9
21.3
Couple families with children under 15 (of all families with children under 15)
%
85.6
86.0
85.2
84.0
83.5
83.0
82.8
81.5
81.6
80.0
78.4
Lone father families with children under 15 (of all families with children under 15)
%
n.a.
1.4
1.6
1.8
1.5
1.7
1.8
1.9
2.0
2.3
2.0
Lone mother families with children under 15 (of all families with children under 15)
%
n.a.
12.6
13.2
14.2
14.9
15.3
15.4
16.6
16.3
17.7
19.5
Families with at least one child aged under 5 (of all families with children under 15)
%
47.9
47.4
46.8
47.4
47.4
47.8
47.8
47.4
47.8
47.8
46.2
Average family size (persons)
no.
3.2
3.2
3.2
3.2
3.2
3.2
3.1
3.1
3.1
3.1
3.1
Children under 15 living in one-parent families (of all children under 15)
%
n.a.
n.a.
12.7
13.6
14.4
14.8
15.3
16.4
16.3
18.0
19.5
Persons aged 20-24 living with parents (of all persons aged 20-24)
%
43.3
44.7
46.8
47.2
47.4
46.1
44.7
45.2
44.5
46.2
48.0
Persons aged 25-34 living with parents (of all persons aged 25-34)
%
8.5
8.5
9.5
10.7
10.5
10.7
10.5
10.6
10.7
11.5
12.4
Persons aged 15-64 who live alone (of all persons aged 15-64)
%
6.0
5.9
5.7
6.0
6.3
6.8
7.0
7.4
7.6
7.9
8.1
Persons aged 65 an over who live alone (of all persons aged 65 and over)
%
29.6
28.6
29.0
29.4
29.3
31.0
29.4
29.3
29.8
30.7
29.0

(a) Includes same-sex couples in 1996.

Reference periods: Data on de facto couples are at census date. Data on other living arrangements are at June.


FAMILIES AND WORK

Units
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998

Couple families with children under 15, both parents employed (of all couple families with children under 15)
%
50.4
52.6
54.7
51.8
51.7
50.6
51.1
56.2
54.5
54.4
55.6
Couple families with children under 15, neither parent employed (of all couple families with children under 15)
%
7.1
6.9
6.3
8.1
9.8
10.8
10.0
8.4
7.9
8.6
8.5
One-parent families with children under 15, parent employed (of all one-parent families with children under 15)
%
n.a.
46.1
44.2
43.2
40.6
41.4
41.8
43.2
42.7
42.9
42.1
Children under 15 living in families where no parent is employed (of all children under 15)
%
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
18.8
18.5
17.1
17.2
18.1
19.7

Reference periods: Data on families, and work are at June.


FAMILY FORMATION

Units
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997

Registered marriages
Number of marriages
'000
114.1
116.8
117.2
117.0
113.9
114.8
113.3
111.2
109.4
106.1
106.7
Crude marriage rate (per 1,000 population)
no.
7.0
7.1
7.0
6.9
6.6
6.6
6.4
6.2
6.1
5.8
5.8
Marriages where both partners married for the first time (of all marriages)
%
67.2
67.1
67.3
67.4
67.5
67.2
67.1
67.5
67.5
66.4
66.6
Median age of men at first marriage
years
25.9
26.1
26.3
26.5
26.7
26.9
27.0
27.2
27.3
27.6
27.8
Median age of women at first marriage
years
23.8
24.0
24.2
24.3
24.5
24.7
24.8
25.1
25.3
25.7
25.9
Median age at remarriage (divorced men)
years
38.6
38.9
39.3
39.6
39.7
40.1
40.4
40.9
41.1
41.6
41.8
Median age at remarriage (divorced women)
years
35.1
35.3
35.6
36.0
36.1
36.5
36.8
37.4
37.6
38.0
38.2
Divorce
Number of divorces
'000
39.7
41.0
41.4
42.6
45.6
45.7
48.4
48.3
49.7
52.5
51.3
Crude divorce rate (per 1,000 population)
no.
2.4
2.5
2.5
2.5
2.6
2.6
2.7
2.7
2.8
2.9
2.8
Median duration between marriage and separation
years
7.3
7.3
7.3
7.3
7.4
7.4
7.6
7.7
7.6
7.6
7.7
Divorces involving children under 18 (of all divorces)
%
58.6
57.5
55.3
55.6
54.2
52.9
52.6
52.4
n.a.
53.6
54.0
Children under 18 affected by divorce
'000
44.1
44.4
43.3
44.9
46.7
45.7
48.1
47.5
n.a.
52.5
51.7
Fertility
Births
'000
244.0
246.2
250.9
262.6
264.2
260.2
258.1
256.2
253.8
251.8
251.8
Total fertility rate (per woman)
no.
1.85
1.84
1.84
1.91
1.86
1.89
1.86
1.85
1.83
1.80
1.78
Births to mothers aged under 20 (of all births)
%
5.7
5.7
5.7
5.8
5.7
5.4
5.1
5.0
4.9
4.9
4.9
Births to mothers aged 35 and over (of all births)
%
8.5
9.0
9.6
10.0
10.7
11.4
11.9
12.9
13.7
14.6
15.3
Births outside marriage (of all births)
%
18.0
19.0
20.2
21.9
23.0
24.0
24.9
25.6
26.6
27.4
28.1
Births outside marriage acknowledged by father (of all births outside marriage)
%
73.0
74.4
75.9
77.1
79.5
81.0
81.7
82.2
83.3
84.2
85.5
Women aged 35 and over giving birth for the first time (of all births to women 35 and over)
%
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
12.7
19.9
19.8
20.8
20.8
21.2
n.a.
Median age of mothers at first birth
years
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
26.3
26.5
26.6
26.8
26.9
27.1
n.a.

Reference periods: Data on family formation are for the calendar year.

CHILD CARE

Units
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998

Children aged under 3 using formal care (of all children under 3)
%
n.a.
n.a.
14.0
n.a.
n.a.
17.0
n.a.
n.a.
21.6
n.a.
n.a.
Children aged under 3 using informal care (of all children under 3)
%
n.a.
n.a.
44.8
n.a.
n.a.
40.4
n.a.
n.a.
39.3
n.a.
n.a.

Reference periods: Data on child care are at November 1990, June 1993 and March 1996.



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