INDIGENOUS BIRTHS AND FERTILITY RATES
- There were 15,000 births registered in Australia during 2008 (5% of all births) where at least one parent identified themselves as being of Indigenous origin on the birth registration statement.
- In 2008 the TFR for Indigenous women increased to 2.52 babies per woman, from 2.40 babies per woman in 2007.
- High fertility rates at younger ages contribute to the relatively high overall fertility rate of Indigenous women. In 2008, women under 30 years of age accounted for 70% of the total fertility rate for Indigenous women, compared to 46% of the total fertility rate for all women in Australia.