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4102.0 - Australian Social Trends, 1998  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 03/06/1998   
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Definitions and references

Average family size - the total number of family members divided by the number of families.

    Reference: Labour Force Status and Other Characteristics of Families, Australia (cat. no. 6224.0).

Birth- the delivery of a child irrespective of the duration of pregnancy who, after being born, breathes or shows any other evidence of life such as heart beat.
    Reference: Births, Australia (cat. no. 3301.0).

Births outside marriage - births where the father was not registered as married to the mother at the time of the birth, whether or not the parents were living together at the time of the birth, and whether or not the child may subsequently have been legitimated or adopted.
    Reference: Births, Australia (cat. no. 3301.0).

Births outside marriage acknowledged by father - births outside registered marriage where the father's name is recorded on the birth certificate.
    Reference: Births, Australia (cat. no. 3301.0).

Couple family - a family consisting of a male and a female partner who are registered as married or are in a de facto relationship. It may include one or more dependent children and/or other family members.
    Reference: Labour Force Status and Other Characteristics of Families, Australia (cat. no. 6224.0).

Couple family with dependants - a couple family with at least one dependent child present.
    Reference: Labour Force Status and Other Characteristics of Families, Australia (cat. no. 6224.0).

Couple-only family - a couple family with no dependent children or other family members (e.g. adult children) present.
    Reference: Labour Force Status and Other Characteristics of Families, Australia (cat. no. 6224.0).

Crude divorce rate - the number of divorces granted in the calendar year per 1,000 of the estimated resident population at 30 June of that year.
    Reference: Marriages and Divorces, Australia (cat. no. 3310.0).

Crude marriage rate - the number of marriages registered in the calendar year per 1,000 of the estimated resident population at 30 June of that year.
    Reference: Marriages and Divorces, Australia (cat. no. 3310.0).

De facto couple - a couple who identified themselves as de facto partners in a relationship question.
    Reference: 1991 Census - Community Profiles, Australia (cat. no. 2722.0).

Dependants (dependent children) - all family members under 15 and family members aged 15-24 attending an educational institution full-time, except those classified as husbands, wives, lone parents or other family heads.
    Reference: Labour Force Status and Other Characteristics of Families, Australia (cat. no. 6224.0).

Divorce rate - the number of divorces granted per 1,000 male or female population registered as married.
    Reference: Marriages and Divorces, Australia (cat. no. 3310.0).

Divorces involving children - divorces of couples with unmarried children of the registered marriage who were under 18 at the time of application for divorce. Under the Family Law Act 1975, adopted and ex-nuptial children and children from a former registered marriage may be included (in certain cases). Children who are registered as married or aged 18 or more are not subject to custody and guardianship orders and are excluded.
    Reference: Marriages and Divorces, Australia (cat. no. 3310.0).

Employed - persons aged 15 and over who either worked during the reference week for pay, profit, commission, payment in kind or without pay in a family business, or who had a job but were not at work.
    Reference: Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6203.0).

Family - two or more people related by blood, registered marriage, adoption, or a de facto relationship who live in the same household. Three major family types are identified: couple families, one-parent families and families of related adults. Families living in non-private dwellings and non-family members (such as friends or boarders) are excluded.
    Reference: Labour Force Status and Other Characteristics of Families, Australia (cat. no. 6224.0).

Lone parent - the head of a one-parent family.
    Reference: Labour Force Status and Other Characteristics of Families, Australia (cat. no. 6224.0).

Marriage rate - the number of registered marriages per 1,000 not married male or female population aged 15 and over.
    Reference: Marriages and Divorces, Australia (cat. no. 3310.0).

Marriages where both partners married for the first time
    Reference: Marriages and Divorces, Australia (cat. no. 3310.0).

Median - the value at which half the population falls above, and half falls below.

Median age at first marriage
    Reference: Marriages and Divorces, Australia (cat. no. 3310.0).

Median age of mothers at first birth within registered marriage
    Reference: Births, Australia (cat. no. 3301.0).

Median duration of marriage to separation - the median interval between the date of registered marriage and the date of separation.
    Reference: Marriages and Divorces, Australia (cat. no. 3310.0).

One-parent family with dependants - a parent together with at least one dependent child of his/her own.
    Reference: Labour Force Status and Other Characteristics of Families, Australia (cat. no. 6224.0).

Persons who live alone - persons who are the only member of a household.
    Reference: Labour Force Status and Other Characteristics of Families, Australia (cat. no. 6224.0).

Total fertility rate - the average number of children a woman would bear during her lifetime if she conformed to the current age-specific fertility rates.
    Reference: Births, Australia (cat. no. 3301.0).

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