3301.0 - Births, Australia, 2009 Quality Declaration 
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MULTIPLE BIRTHS

The number of confinements resulting in a multiple birth has increased consistently since the 1970s. In 2009, there were 4,400 confinements resulting in a multiple birth; of these, 82 were triplets and 4 were quads or higher order. This was 27% higher than the number recorded in 1989 (3,200 confinements), but 3% lower than the number recorded in 2008 (4,600 confinements).

2.10 Multiple births, States and territories - 2009

Single
Twins
Triplets and higher order
Total multiple births
Total confinements
State or territory of usual residence
no.
no.
no.
no.
no.

New South Wales
90 086
1 310
28
1 338
91 424
Victoria
68 591
1 133
21
1 154
69 745
Queensland
64 028
1 014
19
1 033
65 061
South Australia
19 158
283
4
287
19 445
Western Australia
29 999
435
8
443
30 442
Tasmania
6 488
59
3
62
6 550
Northern Territory
3 712
np
np
53
3 765
Australian Capital Territory
4 711
np
np
74
4 785
Australia(a)
286 796
4 358
86
4 444
291 240

np not available for publication but included in totals where applicable, unless otherwise indicated
(a) Includes Other Territories.






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