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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MEDIAN AGE OF PARENTS
The median age of fathers has also followed an upward trend since the 1970s. In 2009, the median age of fathers was 33.0 years. The median age of fathers excludes information from births where paternity is not acknowledged (10,000 births in 2009). Data quality investigations during 2007 processing indicated that age of parents, and therefore median age of fathers, may have been slightly overstated for some birth registrations in 2006 and previous years (see paragraph 49 of the Explanatory Notes for more information).
Between 1989 and 2009, the median age of fathers of nuptial births increased by almost three years, from 31.2 to 34.0 years, while the median age of fathers of ex-nuptial births, who acknowledged the birth of their child, also increased, from 27.2 years to 29.9 years.
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