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4102.0 - Australian Social Trends, 1997  
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National summary tables


LIVING ARRANGEMENTS

Units
1986
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996

Total families
'000
4,087
4,146
4,236
4,319
4,456
4,502
4,587
4,638
4,709
4,791
4,834
Persons who live alone (of persons aged 15 and over)
%
8.2
8.3
8.5
8.4
8.2
8.6
8.9
9.6
9.6
10.0
10.2
Average family size (persons)
no.
3.3
3.3
3.2
3.2
3.2
3.2
3.2
3.2
3.1
3.1
3.1
Couple families with dependants (of all families)
%
45.8
45.5
45.7
44.7
44.3
43.7
43.4
42.9
41.6
41.4
40.6
One-parent families with a male parent with dependants (of all families)
%
n.a.
n.a.
1.0
0.9
1.0
1.1
1.1
1.0
1.2
1.2
1.3
One-parent families with a female parent with dependants (of all families)
%
n.a.
n.a.
7.0
6.8
7.1
7.4
7.9
7.9
7.8
8.5
8.4
Couple only families (of all families)
%
30.2
30.4
30.7
31.5
31.2
31.3
31.1
32.1
33.3
33.6
34.1
De facto couples (of all couples)
%
5.7
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
8.2
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.y.a.
Couples with dependants, both employed (of all couples with dependants)
%
48.5
50.2
50.9
53.8
55.9
53.4
53.3
52.5
52.8
57.7
55.7
One-parent families with dependants, parent employed (of all one parent families with dependants)
%
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
50.2
49.0
47.0
45.7
45.3
45.9
46.9
46.8

Reference periods: Data on de facto couples are at census date. Data on other living arrangements are at 30 June from 1986; prior to that the reference date was 30 July.

FAMILY FORMATION

Units
1985
1986
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995

Marriage rate (per 1,000 not married males)
no.
48.8
46.0
45.8
45.5
44.6
43.5
41.7
41.1
39.8
38.2
36.7
Median age of men at first marriage
years
25.4
25.6
25.9
26.1
26.3
26.4
26.7
26.9
27.0
27.2
27.3
Median age of women at first marriage
years
23.2
23.5
23.8
24.0
24.2
24.3
24.5
24.7
24.8
25.1
25.3
Marriages where both partners married for the first time (of all marriages)
%
67.1
66.7
67.2
67.1
67.3
67.4
67.5
67.2
67.1
67.5
67.5
Divorce rate (per 1,000 married males)
no.
10.9
10.7
10.6
10.8
10.8
10.9
11.6
11.5
12.1
12.0
12.3
Median duration of marriage to separation
years
7.7
7.6
7.3
7.3
7.3
7.3
7.4
7.4
7.6
7.7
7.6
Divorces involving children (of all divorces)
%
60.6
59.7
58.6
57.5
55.3
55.6
54.2
52.9
52.6
n.a.
n.a.
Total fertility rate (per woman)
no.
1.89
1.87
1.85
1.84
1.84
1.90
1.85
1.89
1.87
1.85
1.82
Median age of mothers at first birth within registered marriage
years
26.3
26.5
26.8
27.1
27.3
27.6
27.8
28.0
28.3
28.5
28.6
Births to mothers aged under 20 (of all births)
%
5.9
5.9
5.7
5.7
5.7
5.8
5.7
5.4
5.1
5.0
4.9
Births to mothers aged over 35 (of all births)
%
7.5
7.9
8.5
9.0
9.6
10.0
10.7
11.4
11.9
12.9
13.7
Births outside marriage (of all births)
%
15.5
16.8
18.0
19.0
20.2
21.9
23.0
24.0
24.9
25.6
26.6
Births outside marriage acknowledged by father (of all births outside marriage)
%
68.2
70.6
73.0
74.4
75.9
77.1
79.5
81.0
81.7
82.2
83.3

Reference periods: Data on family formation are for the calendar year.

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