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3301.0 - Births, Australia, 2009 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 03/11/2010   
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INTERNATIONAL INDIGENOUS FERTILITY

In 2009 the TFR for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women (2.57 babies per woman) was lower than that for New Zealand Maori women (2.80) (Statistics New Zealand, 2009). In 2007, the latest year for which American Indian fertility rates are available, the TFR for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women was 0.6 babies per woman higher than that of American Indian women (1.83) (United States Department of Health and Human Services, 2007).

These differences are reflected in age-specific fertility rates for the different populations. Higher fertility rates were experienced by Maori women in most age groups.

3.9 Indigenous fertility rates, Selected countries

American Indian women
New Zealand Maori women
Australian Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander women
2007(a)
2009
2007
2009

Age-specific fertility rates(b)
15-19 years(c)
60.2
71.6
70.0
78.8
20-24 years
116.8
155.9
142.5
151.8
25-29 years
96.4
143.8
125.5
132.3
30-34 years
64.0
108.9
89.7
94.3
35-39 years
29.5
62.1
43.1
46.6
40-44 years
6.1
16.8
8.2
10.8
45-49 years(d)
0.3
1.0
0.7
0.4
Total fertility rate
1.829
2.800
2.399
2.575

(a) Final data for 2007.
(b) Births per 1,000 women.
(c) Includes births to mothers aged less than 15 years.
(d) Includes births to mothers aged 50 years and over.
Source: United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, National Centre for Health Statistics, <http://www.cdc.gov> for American Indian data. Statistics New Zealand <http://www.stats.govt.nz> for New Zealand Maori data.


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