3301.0 - Births, Australia, 2013 Quality Declaration 
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ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER BIRTHS AND FERTILITY


There were 18,368 births registered in Australia during 2013 (6% of all births) where at least one parent reported themselves as being an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander on the birth registration form.

In 2013, the TFR for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women decreased to 2.34 babies per woman from 2.38 babies per woman in 2012. Births to women aged under 30 years contributed just over three-quarters (76%) of the total fertility rate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in 2013, compared with less than half of the total fertility rate for all women (44%).

Graph Image for Age-specific fertility rates (a), Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and all women - 2013

Footnote(s): (a) Births per 1,000 women.

Source(s): Births, Australia



The median age of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who registered a birth in 2013 was 24.9 years, almost six years lower than the median age of all mothers (30.8 years). For more information see data cube Table 11: Births of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, Summary, States and territories - 2008 to 2013, from the Downloads tab.