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SUMMARY TABLES

2.20 Births, Australia - Selected years

1989
1994
1999
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008(a)
2009(b)

Fertility

Age-specific fertility rates(c)
15-19 years(d)
20.6
20.7
18.5
16.0
15.7
15.3
16.0
17.2
16.7
20-24 years
78.4
69.7
60.8
52.7
51.8
51.4
55.5
56.5
53.8
25-29 years
135.4
125.8
108.6
101.8
102.0
101.0
105.6
104.9
102.2
30-34 years
96.1
105.0
108.0
114.0
117.0
120.4
125.9
127.1
123.9
35-39 years
32.6
41.1
46.8
57.2
60.3
63.4
67.8
70.6
68.7
40-44 years
5.0
6.7
8.5
10.5
10.8
11.3
12.6
14.1
14.2
45-49 years(e)
0.2
0.3
0.3
0.5
0.5
0.6
0.7
0.7
0.7
Total fertility rate(f)
1.838
1.842
1.755
1.763
1.791
1.817
1.920
1.956
1.901
Crude birth rate(g)
14.9
14.5
13.1
12.6
12.7
12.8
13.5
13.8
13.5
Net reproduction rate(h)
0.882
0.884
0.846
0.848
0.858
0.870
0.921
0.939
0.907

Births

Total births(i)
250 853
258 051
248 870
254 246
259 791
265 949
285 213
296 621
295 738
Males
128 510
132 625
127 357
130 600
133 428
136 692
146 456
152 287
152 019
Females
122 343
125 426
121 513
123 646
126 363
129 257
138 757
144 334
143 719
Sex ratio
105.0
105.7
104.8
105.6
105.6
105.8
105.5
105.5
105.8
Indigenous births(j)
2 234
6 310
10 580
12 006
12 078
12 496
14 192
15 011
15 825
Age of mother
15-19 years(d)
14 259
12 853
11 751
10 857
10 744
10 552
11 204
12 326
12 120
20-24 years
51 647
49 386
38 943
36 146
36 482
37 151
40 907
42 678
42 067
25-29 years
95 649
85 372
79 553
68 846
69 420
70 224
75 998
79 012
80 863
30-34 years
65 090
77 071
76 774
87 395
89 158
89 883
93 072
94 124
93 027
35-39 years
21 038
28 640
35 462
42 139
44 873
48 505
53 561
56 976
55 937
40-44 years
3 004
4 400
6 060
8 183
8 376
8 679
9 642
10 771
10 905
45-49 years(e)
93
152
228
379
358
438
506
512
565
Age of father
15-19 years(k)
3 099
3 326
3 787
3 425
3 558
3 469
3 910
4 391
4 337
20-24 years
26 461
26 908
22 064
20 652
21 110
21 345
23 537
24 550
24 129
25-29 years
75 756
64 949
60 367
51 538
51 616
52 456
56 589
59 254
60 324
30-34 years
77 012
83 276
76 525
83 064
85 212
85 548
89 233
89 871
88 546
35-39 years
38 069
45 469
51 445
54 780
56 814
60 659
66 157
69 784
68 721
40-44 years
12 868
15 643
18 432
22 613
23 168
23 802
25 556
27 202
26 970
45-49 years
3 518
4 674
5 276
6 482
6 718
7 010
8 109
8 566
8 877
50 years and over
1 728
1 948
2 353
2 769
3 050
3 135
3 340
3 507
3 586
Nuptial births
200 065
191 959
176 179
172 481
176 078
179 019
189 896
194 704
193 560
Ex-nuptial births
50 788
66 092
72 691
81 765
83 713
86 930
95 053
101 767
102 011
Ex-nuptial paternity acknowledged
38 572
54 333
64 144
72 915
75 353
78 550
86 640
92 512
92 056
Ex-nuptial paternity not acknowledged
12 216
11 759
8 547
8 850
8 360
8 380
8 413
9 255
9 955

Confinements

All confinements(i)
247 623
254 547
245 108
250 045
255 481
261 550
280 781
291 974
291 240
Nuptial
197 302
189 160
173 263
169 312
172 894
175 827
186 694
191 385
190 426
Ex-nuptial
50 321
65 387
71 845
80 733
82 587
85 723
93 825
100 440
100 647
Ex-nuptial paternity acknowledged
38 204
53 742
63 402
72 002
74 340
77 471
85 517
91 323
90 849
Ex-nuptial paternity not acknowledged
12 117
11 645
8 443
8 731
8 247
8 252
8 308
9 117
9 798
Median age of mother (years)(l)
All confinements(i)
28.2
29.0
29.7
30.6
30.7
30.8
30.7
30.7
30.6
Nuptial
28.8
29.9
30.6
31.6
31.7
31.8
31.8
31.9
31.7
Ex-nuptial
23.9
24.6
25.9
26.9
27.0
27.2
27.1
27.0
27.1
Ex-nuptial paternity acknowledged
24.5
24.9
26.1
27.1
27.2
27.4
27.2
27.1
27.3
Ex-nuptial paternity not acknowledged
22.4
23.2
24.2
25.0
25.1
25.3
25.4
25.5
25.2
Median age of father (years)(l)
All fathers (where age is known)
30.8
31.6
32.1
32.8
32.9
33.1
33.1
33.1
33.0
Nuptial
31.2
32.3
33.0
33.6
33.7
33.9
34.0
34.1
34.0
Ex-nuptial paternity acknowledged
27.2
27.6
28.5
29.7
29.8
30.0
29.9
29.8
29.9
Median duration of marriage (years)
4.6
4.6
4.5
4.4
4.4
4.3
4.1
4.1
4.0

(a) Fertility rates for 2008 have been calculated using revised 30 June 2008 estimated resident population.
(b) Fertility rates for 2009 have been calculated using preliminary 30 June 2009 estimated resident population.
(c) Births per 1,000 women.
(d) Includes births to mothers aged less than 15 years.
(e) Includes births to mothers aged 50 years and over.
(f) Births per woman.
(g) Births per 1,000 estimated resident pooulation.
(h) Daughters surviving to reproductive age per woman.
(i) Includes unknown nuptiality.
(j) Due to changes in identification of Indigenous births, care should be taken when interpreting changes in the number of Indigenous births over time.
(k) Includes births to fathers aged less than 15 years.
(l) Prior to 2007, median age of parents may be overstated. For more information, see paragraph 49 of the Explanatory Notes.

2.21 Births, States and territories - 2009

NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.(a)
NT
ACT
Aust.(b)

Fertility

Age-specific fertility rates(c)
15-19 years(d)
13.0
9.9
26.7
15.9
20.1
27.1
48.0
9.7
16.7
20-24 years
47.7
39.0
74.3
54.3
61.4
84.7
98.0
34.6
53.8
25-29 years
96.7
92.8
118.4
108.2
107.1
130.4
95.6
85.0
102.2
30-34 years
122.3
126.3
124.8
120.1
124.8
122.1
105.7
130.8
123.9
35-39 years
70.1
74.4
65.2
61.5
64.9
57.7
56.9
70.7
68.7
40-44 years
14.8
15.9
12.7
12.2
12.8
11.0
13.9
15.5
14.2
45-49 years(e)
0.8
0.8
0.6
0.8
0.6
0.6
0.5
1.3
0.7
Total fertility rate(f)
1.826
1.796
2.115
1.869
1.959
2.176
2.092
1.737
1.901
Crude birth rate(g)
13.0
13.0
14.9
12.1
13.7
13.2
16.9
13.8
13.5
Net reproduction rate(h)
0.873
0.861
1.006
0.885
0.938
1.046
0.977
0.806
0.907

Births

Total births(i)
92 783
70 920
66 097
19 734
30 878
6 626
3 819
4 858
295 738
Males
47 588
36 281
34 059
10 233
15 896
3 391
1 990
2 573
152 019
Females
45 195
34 639
32 038
9 501
14 982
3 235
1 829
2 285
143 719
Sex ratio
105
105
106
108
106
105
109
113
106
Indigenous births(j)
4 128
1 129
5 205
889
2 416
397
1 523
135
15 825
Age of mother
15-19 years(d)
3 037
1 762
4 022
836
1 514
443
391
115
12 120
20-24 years
11 920
7 777
11 786
3 018
4 945
1 265
846
507
42 067
25-29 years
25 146
18 648
18 740
5 717
8 477
1 839
975
1 311
80 863
30-34 years
30 348
24 079
18 690
5 974
9 502
1 728
968
1 734
93 027
35-39 years
18 500
15 393
10 775
3 441
5 359
965
520
980
55 937
40-44 years
3 630
3 101
1 973
686
1 023
183
112
195
10 905
45-49 years(e)
199
150
91
48
46
11
4
16
565
Age of father
15-19 years(k)
1 102
655
1 385
296
574
179
110
36
4 337
20-24 years
6 541
4 284
7 213
1 671
2 896
814
431
277
24 129
25-29 years
18 169
13 116
14 962
4 314
6 492
1 525
787
952
60 324
30-34 years
28 697
22 719
18 277
5 881
8 905
1 685
797
1 579
88 546
35-39 years
22 712
18 491
13 229
4 364
6 910
1 200
597
1 215
68 721
40-44 years
8 921
7 271
5 051
1 725
2 711
531
289
467
26 970
45-49 years
3 058
2 285
1 698
564
833
193
92
153
8 877
50 years and over
1 194
887
702
246
365
81
55
56
3 586
Nuptial births
65 564
50 983
37 659
12 295
19 040
3 139
1 417
3 449
193 560
Ex-nuptial births
27 219
19 937
28 438
7 439
11 838
3 320
2 402
1 409
102 011
Ex-nuptial paternity acknowledged
24 831
18 728
24 867
6 774
10 677
3 131
1 752
1 287
92 056
Ex-nuptial paternity not acknowledged
2 388
1 209
3 571
665
1 161
189
650
122
9 955

Confinements

All confinements(i)
91 424
69 745
65 061
19 445
30 442
6 550
3 765
4 785
291 240
Nuptial
64 578
50 099
36 982
12 115
18 750
3 096
1 391
3 401
190 426
Ex-nuptial
26 846
19 646
28 079
7 330
11 692
3 287
2 374
1 384
100 647
Ex-nuptial paternity acknowledged
24 497
18 458
24 565
6 682
10 540
3 100
1 733
1 265
90 849
Ex-nuptial paternity not acknowledged
2 349
1 188
3 514
648
1 152
187
641
119
9 798
Median age of mother (years)
All confinements(i)
31.0
31.5
29.6
30.2
30.2
29.1
28.3
31.4
30.6
Nuptial
31.8
32.1
31.3
31.5
31.7
31.3
31.4
32.1
31.7
Ex-nuptial
27.6
28.7
26.0
26.8
26.5
26.1
25.6
28.6
27.1
Ex-nuptial paternity acknowledged
27.7
28.8
26.3
26.9
26.7
26.1
26.2
28.8
27.3
Ex-nuptial paternity not acknowledged
26.5
28.3
24.4
24.8
24.3
23.8
24.0
24.3
25.2
Median age of father (years)
All fathers (where age is known)
33.4
33.7
32.0
32.8
32.7
31.7
31.5
33.6
33.0
Nuptial
34.1
34.3
33.5
33.8
34.0
33.6
33.9
34.0
34.0
Ex-nuptial paternity acknowledged
30.3
31.3
28.8
29.8
29.2
29.0
29.1
31.1
29.9
Median duration of marriage (years)
4.1
4.1
3.9
4.0
3.8
3.8
3.5
4.0
4.0
Previous children of the mother(l)
0
39 063
32 043
33 272
8 397
14 098
1 165
1 487
2 524
na
1
30 193
24 064
20 033
6 504
9 750
2 032
1 154
1 974
na
2
13 193
9 973
7 710
2 917
4 119
982
565
746
na
3
4 745
3 107
2 429
923
1 449
403
274
237
na
4
1 803
973
769
400
518
138
126
76
na
5 or more
914
660
611
309
443
111
109
48
na
Average number of previous children of the mother(l)
1.92
1.86
1.76
1.95
1.89
2.33
2.14
1.85
na

na not available
(a) For Tasmania, some characteristics of births are not collected for the birth notifications. For further information, see paragraphs 31 to 33 of the Explanatory Notes.
(b) Includes Other Territories.
(c) Births per 1,000 women.
(d) Includes births to mothers aged less than 15 years.
(e) Includes births to mothers aged 50 years and over.
(f) Births per woman.
(g) Births per 1,000 estimated resident population.
(h) Daughters surviving to reproductive age per woman.
(i) Includes unknown nuptiality.
(j) Due to changes in identification of Indigenous births, care should be taken when interpreting changes in the number of Indigenous births over time.
(k) Includes births to fathers aged less than 15 years.
(l) By state of registration. Includes all children born to a mother, for all states and territories excluding Victoria and Queensland. For Victoria and Queensland, includes previous children of the current relationship only. Due to the high proportion of confinements in Tasmania for which no information on previous children of mother was available, data for Tasmania should be interpreted with caution. See paragraph 45 to 48 of the Explanatory Notes for more information.



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