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4102.0 - Australian Social Trends, 1998  
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National summary tables


LIVING ARRANGEMENTS

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

Total families
'000
4,146
4,236
4,319
4,456
4,502
4,587
4,638
4,709
4,791
4,834
4,899
Persons who live alone (of persons aged 15 and over)
%
8.3
8.5
8.4
8.2
8.6
8.9
9.6
9.6
10.0
10.2
10.5
Average family size (persons)
no.
3.3
3.2
3.2
3.2
3.2
3.2
3.2
3.1
3.1
3.1
3.1
Couple families with dependants (of all families)
%
45.5
45.7
44.7
44.3
43.7
43.4
42.9
41.6
41.4
40.6
40.8
One-parent families with a male parent with dependants (of all families)
%
n.a.
1.0
0.9
1.0
1.1
1.1
1.0
1.2
1.2
1.3
1.3
One-parent families with a female parent with dependants (of all families)
%
n.a.
7.0
6.8
7.1
7.4
7.9
7.9
7.8
8.5
8.4
9.1
Couple-only families (of all families)
%
30.4
30.7
31.5
31.2
31.3
31.1
32.1
33.3
33.6
34.1
33.6
De facto couples (of all couples)(a)
%
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
8.2
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
10.1
n.a.
Couples with dependants, both employed (of all couples with dependants)
%
50.2
50.9
53.8
55.9
53.4
53.3
52.5
52.8
57.7
55.7
56.3
One-parent families with dependants, parent employed (of all one parent families with dependants)
%
n.a.
n.a.
50.2
49.0
47.0
45.7
45.3
45.9
46.9
46.8
46.5

(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.

FAMILY FORMATION

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

Marriage rate (per 1,000 not married males)
no.
47.6
45.8
45.5
44.6
43.5
41.7
41.1
39.8
38.2
36.7

34.7
Median age of men at first marriage
years
25.6
25.9
26.1
26.3
26.4
26.7
26.9
27.0
27.2
27.3
27.6
Median age of women at first marriage
years
23.5
23.8
24.0
24.2
24.3
24.5
24.7
24.8
25.1
25.3
25.7
Marriages where both partners married for the first time (of all marriages)
%
66.7
67.2
67.1
67.3
67.4
67.5
67.2
67.1
67.5
67.5

66.4
Divorce rate (per 1,000 married males)
no.
10.7
10.6
10.8
10.8
10.9
11.6
11.5
12.1
12.0
12.3
12.9
Median duration of marriage to separation
years
7.6
7.3
7.3
7.3
7.3
7.4
7.4
7.6
7.7
7.6

7.6
Divorces involving children (of all divorces)
%
59.7
58.6
57.5
55.3
55.6
54.2
52.9
52.6
52.4
n.a.
53.6
Total fertility rate (per woman)
no.
1.87
1.85
1.84
1.84
1.90
1.85
1.89
1.87
1.85
1.82
1.80
Median age of mothers at first
birth within registered marriage
years
26.5
26.8
27.1
27.3
27.6
27.8
28.0
28.3
28.5
28.6

28.7
Births to mothers aged under 20 (of all births)
%
5.9
5.7
5.7
5.7
5.8
5.7
5.4
5.1
5.0
4.9
4.9
Births to mothers aged 35 and over (of all births)
%
7.9
8.5
9.0
9.6
10.0
10.7
11.4
11.9
12.9
13.7

14.6
Births outside marriage (of all births)
%
16.8
18.0
19.0
20.2
21.9
23.0
24.0
24.9
25.6
26.6
27.4
Births outside marriage acknowledged by father (of all births outside marriage)
%
70.6
73.0
74.4
75.9
77.1
79.5
81.0
81.7
82.2
83.3


84.2

Data on family formation are for the calendar year.



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