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. State or territory relates to the state or territory of usual residence, 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 2007 to 2009 are calculated using revised 30 June estimated resident population for each year, while rates for 2010 are calculated using preliminary 30 June 2010 estimated resident population.
CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE
Fertility rates for 2009 have been revised using revised 30 June 2009 estimated resident population.
A data cube containing birth and fertility statistics by remoteness area has been released and is available for download from the ABS website (see Table 5: Births, Summary, Remoteness Areas, 2005 to 2010).
CHANGES IN FUTURE ISSUES
Future issues of this publication will release sub-state birth statistics under the new Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) (see Appendix: ASGS and the availability of sub-state birth statistics).
The content within this publication is currently being reviewed which may affect future issues.
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.