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4102.0 - Australian Social Trends, 1998  
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State summary tables


LIVING ARRANGEMENTS

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

Total families'0001997
1,644
1,212
908
412
485
128
34
76
4,899
Persons who live alone (of persons aged 15 and over)%1997
10.4
10.7
9.7
12.1
10.2
12.9
6.6
9.1
10.5
Average family size (persons)no.1997
3.1
3.2
3.1
3.0
3.1
3.0
3.2
3.2
3.1
Couple families with dependants (of all families)%1997
40.8
42.5
39.5
37.6
41.5
38.9
46.5
44.8
40.8
One-parent families with a male parent with dependants (of all families)%1997
1.2
1.3
1.3
1.5
1.4
1.1
* *
2.2
1.3
One-parent families with a female parent with dependants (of all families)%1997
9.3
8.0
9.6
9.3
9.3
9.9
8.8
10.5
9.1
Couple-only families (of all families)%1997
32.8
31.7
35.5
37.3
34.2
36.5
31.2
29.6
33.6
De facto couples (of all couples)(a)%1996
9.4
8.4
11.9
9.8
12.0
11.1
19.6
11.3
10.1
Couples with dependants, both employed (of all couples with dependants)%1997
54.4
57.4
57.1
60.9
54.8
50.7
64.9
63.4
56.3
One-parent families with dependants, parent employed (of all one parent families with dependants) %1997
42.9
50.8
48.1
45.4
45.9
40.1
56.0
61.2
46.5

(a) Includes same-sex couples.

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

FAMILY FORMATION

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

Crude marriage rateno.1996
5.8
5.7
6.2
5.4
5.8
5.6
4.4
5.4
5.8
Median age of men at first marriageyears1996
27.6
27.8
27.2
27.4
27.8
27.1
28.5
27.7
27.6
Median age of women at first marriageyears1996
25.6
26.0
25.3
25.5
25.8
25.1
26.4
26.1
25.7
Marriages where both partners married for the first time (of all marriages)%1996
67.0
69.1
64.4
65.0
63.7
61.5
63.4
67.4
66.4
Crude divorce rateno.1996
2.6
2.8
3.3
2.9
2.8
3.3
2.7
(b)
2.9
Median duration of marriage to separationyears1996
6.8
7.6
8.1
8.0
8.4
8.8
7.3
7.9
7.6
Divorces involving children (of all divorces)%1996
50.8
51.9
56.9
56.4
53.5
64.0
50.6
56.4
53.6
Total fertility rate (per woman)no.1996
1.83
1.71
1.84
1.75
1.81
1.92
2.29
1.68
1.80
Median age of mothers at first birth within registered marriageyears1996
28.6
29.1
28.4
29.1
28.7
28.0
28.6
28.6
28.7
Births to mothers aged under 20 (of all births)%1996
4.7
3.2
6.5
4.6
5.7
6.9
13.2
3.8
4.9
Births to mothers aged 35 and over (of all births)%1996
15.3
15.8
12.8
15.4
13.6
11.3
10.9
16.2
14.6
Births outside marriage (of all births)%1996
25.4
21.6
32.6
30.1
30.9
34.3
57.8
25.2
27.4
Births outside marriage acknowledged by father (of all births outside marriage)%1996
84.3
86.0
83.7
86.6
84.4
87.6
62.8
84.3
84.2

(b) 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.



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