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4102.0 - Australian Social Trends, 1999  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 24/06/1999   
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State summary tables


LIVING ARRANGEMENTS

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

Total households
'000
1998
2,338
1,735
1,315
606
694
186
64
119
7,056
Lone-person households
%
1998
22.6
23.4
23.9
28.1
24.2
26.1
21.7
26.6
23.8
Households with three or more persons
%
1998
44.9
44.1
42.8
37.1
41.7
38.9
50.2
42.0
43.2
Total families
'000
1998
1,720
1,249
928
411
481
131
33
75
5,027
Families with children under 15
'000
1998
737
526
403
171
216
57
17
33
2,160
Couple families
'000
1998
1,409
1,040
764
342
401
110
28
62
4,158
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)
%
1998
52.3
50.7
51.9
54.4
51.7
54.3
42.9
47.0
51.8
Couple-only families with female partner aged under 40 (of all couple only families)
%
1998
19.4
23.2
21.5
19.2
23.3
17.4
37.4
28.9
21.3
Couple families with children under 15 (of all families with children under 15)
%
1998
78.0
79.3
78.1
76.7
79.5
77.0
83.8
80.9
78.4
Lone-father families with children under 15 (of all families with children under 15)
%
1998
1.7
2.4
1.9
2.0
2.0
2.4
* *
3.5
2.0
Lone-mother families with children under 15 (of all families with children under 15)
%
1998
20.3
18.2
20.0
21.4
18.5
20.6
15.2
15.6
19.5
Families with at least one child aged under 5 (of all families with children under 15)
%
1998
46.9
46.2
47.5
45.4
42.5
43.4
54.2
43.0
46.2
Average family size (persons)
no.
1998
3.1
3.1
3.1
3.0
3.1
3.0
3.3
3.1
3.1
Children under 15 living in one-parent families (of all children under 15)
%
1998
20.4
18.8
19.4
20.8
18.4
19.3
12.9
17.0
19.5
Persons aged 20-24 living with parents (of all persons aged 20-24)
%
1998
52.5
55.0
36.8
45.6
42.5
44.3
31.2
39.4
48.0
Persons aged 25-34 living with parents (of all persons aged 25-34)
%
1998
14.4
14.1
9.9
10.9
9.1
9.7
*3.5
7.2
12.4
Persons aged 15-64 who live alone (of all persons aged 15-64)
%
1998
7.0
7.8
8.6
10.6
8.7
8.9
*8.7
9.6
8.1
Persons aged 65 and over who live alone (of all persons aged 65 and over)
%
1998
28.2
28.3
29.1
31.7
29.2
33.7
*14.1
33.5
29.0

(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.

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

FAMILIES AND WORK

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

Couple families with children under 15, both parents employed (of all couple families with children under 15)
%
1998
54.6
55.8
57.0
53.6
55.5
51.9
67.0
71.3
55.6
Couple families with children under 15, neither parent employed (of all couple families with children under 15)
%
1998
8.7
7.9
9.6
9.1
6.7
12.1
*6.3
3.3
8.5
One-parent families with children under 15, parent employed (of all one-parent families with children under 15)
%
1998
39.2
44.9
42.8
35.5
45.7
48.5
46.0
63.8
42.1
Children under 15 living in families where no parent is employed (of all children under 15)
%
1998
21.0
18.4
20.4
22.4
16.4
21.6
14.6
8.9
19.7

(a) All estimates for the Northern Territory other than household estimates and those for de facto couples, refer to mainly urban areas only.

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

FAMILY FORMATION

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

Registered marriages
Number of marriages
'000
1997
36.7
25.5
20.9
7.9
10.5
2.7
0.8
1.9
106.7
Crude marriage rate (per 1,000 population)
no.
1997
5.8
5.5
6.1
5.4
5.8
5.6
4.2
6.0
5.8
Marriages where both partners married for the first time (of all marriages)
%
1997
67.7
69.4
63.8
64.9
64.1
62.3
59.9
66.2
66.6
Median age of men at first marriage
years
1997
27.8
28.0
27.5
27.7
28.1
27.5
28.8
27.4
27.8
Median age of women at first marriage
years
1997
25.9
26.2
25.7
25.7
26.1
25.6
26.7
25.9
25.9
Median age at remarriage (divorced men)
years
1997
41.6
41.5
42.3
41.6
42.5
41.3
42.8
42.3
41.8
Median age at remarriage (divorced women)
years
1997
37.9
38.1
37.9
38.8
39.2
37.9
40.0
38.4
38.2
Divorce
Number of divorces
'000
1997
14.7
12.5
11.7
4.1
5.0
1.3
0.4
1.5
51.3
Crude divorce rate (per 1,000 population)
no.
1997
2.3
2.7
3.5
2.8
2.8
2.8
2.2
(a)
2.8
Median duration between marriage and separation
years
1997
6.7
7.7
8.1
8.6
8.3
8.7
7.8
8.2
7.7
Divorces involving children under 18 (of all divorces)
%
1997
51.3
53.4
55.7
56.5
53.8
62.9
56.0
56.7
54.0
Children under 18 affected by divorce
'000
1997
13.7
12.5
12.4
4.3
5.0
1.6
0.5
1.7
51.7
Fertility
Births
'000
1997
87.2
60.7
47.0
18.4
24.8
6.0
3.6
4.2
251.8
Total fertility rate (per woman)
no.
1997
1.83
1.69
1.80
1.70
1.79
1.80
2.17
1.60
1.78
Births to mothers aged under 20 (of all births)
%
1997
4.7
3.1
6.6
4.2
5.4
7.6
14.0
3.9
4.9
Births to mothers aged 35 and over (of all births)
%
1997
15.8
16.8
13.3
16.6
14.5
11.4
11.2
15.7
15.3
Births outside marriage (of all births)
%
1997
26.7
22.3
33.3
29.6
30.8
35.6
57.6
25.0
28.1
Births outside marriage acknowledged by father (of all births outside marriage)
%
1997
85.9
87.5
84.2
88.1
84.9
87.6
68.9
87.2
85.5

(a) 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 ACT to usual residents of another State, the divorce rate for the ACT is not representative of the ACT population.

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

CHILD CARE

Units
Years
NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT(b)
ACT
Aust.

Children aged under 3 using formal care (of all children under 3)
%
1996
20.5
21.5
23.9
19.7
20.6
16.3
30.2
38.5
21.6
Children aged under 3 using informal care (of all children under 3)
%
1996
39.8
41.5
34.2
45.2
39.2
41.6
26.7
33.3
39.3

(b) Estimates for childcare for the Northern Territory refer to mainly urban areas only.

Reference periods: Data on child care are at March.



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