The proportion of Australians living in couple families with children will continue to fall over time, according to projections released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
ABS Director of Demography, Anthony Grubb, said: "Between 1996 and 2016, the proportion of Australians living in couple families with children declined from 54 per cent to 49 per cent, and the ABS projects this to further decline to 48 per cent by 2041."
"In contrast, the proportion of Australians living in couple families without children increased over this period, from 19 per cent in 1996 to 21 per cent in 2016 and is projected to remain stable at 21 per cent by 2041," he said.
"The increase in people living in couple families without children was not consistent across age groups. Between 1996 and 2016 the proportion increased among 25–34 year olds and decreased among 45–59 year olds, reflecting the trend of women delaying child birth."
There was also an increase in the proportion of people living in couple families without children among people aged 75 years and over due to males living longer. These trends are projected to continue out to 2041 in all series.
Living arrangement proportions
|1996||2016||2041 projected (a)|
|Couple family with children||54||49||48|
|Couple family without children||19||21||21|
|Single parent family||11||12||12|
|Group household member||4||4||4|
|Usual resident of a non-private dwelling||2||2||2|
a. Data for 2041 is based on series II projections. Projections are available for three different series based on varying sets of assumptions. For further information see Household and Family Projections, Australia, 2016 to 2041 (cat. no. 3236.0).