ABOUT THIS ISSUE
This publication brings together statistics for live births and fertility in Australia. Data refer to births registered during the calendar year shown, unless otherwise stated.
Populations used in the calculation of fertility rates for 2006 and earlier years are the final estimated resident population by age and sex based on results of the 2006 Census of Population and Housing (2006 Census) and earlier censuses. Fertility rates for 2008 are calculated using revised 30 June 2008 estimated resident population, while rates for 2009 are calculated using preliminary 30 June 2009 estimated resident population.
State or territory relates to the state or territory of usual residence, unless otherwise stated.
CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE
Fertility rates for 2008 have been revised using revised 30 June 2008 estimated resident population.
The release of sub-state data in Table 2, Table 3 and Table 4 of the data cubes, available on the ABS website, has been deferred until 9th December 2010.
Calculations as shown in the commentary sections of this publication are based on unrounded figures. Calculations using rounded figures may differ from those published.
It is recommended that when using information presented in this publication, the relevant statistics be rounded. All data are affected by errors in reporting and processing. Birth registration data are also affected by delays in registration.
The efforts of Registries of Births, Deaths and Marriages to improve the data quality, coverage and timeliness of birth registration information, processes and systems are noted and valued by the ABS.
Where necessary, tables have had small values suppressed or randomised to protect confidentiality. As a result, sums of components may not add exactly to totals.
For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Claire Wyatt on Canberra (02) 6252 6735.