Australian Bureau of Statistics
3301.0 - Births, Australia, 2009 Quality Declaration
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 03/11/2010
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CHARACTERISTICS OF PARENTS
Overall, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have children at younger ages than all women. The median age of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who registered a birth in 2009 was 24.5 years, six years lower than the median age of all mothers (30.6 years). Of the states and territories, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers living in the Northern Territory had the lowest median age (24.1 years), followed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers in Western Australia (24.2 years).
For Australia, where the age of the father was known, fathers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander births in 2009 were younger than all fathers, with a median age of 27.8 years compared with 33.0 years for all fathers. Western Australia recorded the lowest median age of fathers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander births (27.1 years), followed by Queensland, South Australia and the Northern Territory (all 27.6 years).
In 2009, 85% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander births were ex-nuptial (that is, births to women who were not in a registered marriage at the time of birth) compared with 35% of all births. Ex-nuptial births where the father did not sign the birth registration statement (that is, births where paternity was not acknowledged) accounted for 15% of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander births, compared with 3% of all births.
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