There were 86,800 births registered in NSW during 2000, 35% of all births registered in Australia. NSW experienced a fertility rate of 1.81 babies per woman compared to the national rate of 1.75. Only the Northern Territory had a higher rate at 2.22. Generally, capital cities had a lower fertility rate than the balances of the States/Territories. Births, Australia 2000 (Cat. no. 3301.0) contains detailed statistics and analysis on confinements, live births and fertility rates from the 2000 birth registrations. Further information from Melissa Webb on (02) 9268 4744, email email@example.com.