Australian Bureau of Statistics
3301.0 - Births, Australia, 2008 Quality Declaration
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 11/11/2009
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TRENDS IN INDIGENOUS FERTILITY RATES
Age-specific fertility rates
High fertility rates at younger ages contribute to the relatively high overall fertility rate of Indigenous women compared to all women. Births to women aged under 30 years contributed more than two-thirds (70%) of the total fertility rate of Indigenous women in 2008, compared to less than half of the total fertility rate for all women (46%).
For Indigenous women, the peak age group for births in 2008 was 20-24 years (147 babies per 1,000 women), followed by women aged 25-29 years (132 babies). In contrast, the peak age group for all women was 30-34 years (128 babies).
In 2008, births to teenage Indigenous women (2,200 births) accounted for 20% of all births to Indigenous women (11,000 births). In comparison, births to all teenage women accounted for only 4% of all births.
The teenage fertility rate of Indigenous women (75 babies per 1,000 women) was more than four times the teenage fertility rate of all women (17 babies), while the fertility rate of Indigenous women aged 20-24 years (147 babies) was two and a half times the fertility rate of all women in this age group (57 babies). Conversely, fertility rates of Indigenous women aged 30 years and over were lower than those of all women for 2008.
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