3236.0 - Household and Family Projections, Australia, 2016 to 2041 Quality Declaration 
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There are projected to be between 9.2 and 9.4 million families in Australia in 2041 (up from 6.7 million in 2016). That's an increase of 2.5 to 2.8 million families, or 37% to 41%.

There are more families than family households because multiple families can live together in one household. Projections are made for couples with children, couples without children, one-parent families (male and female) and other families. Other families include other combinations of related individuals such as adult siblings living together.
  • Couples with children are projected to make up 43% of all families in 2041 – down slightly from 44% in 2016.
  • Couples without chidlren are projected to be the second most common family type in 2041, at 38% to 39% (38% in 2016).
  • Single-female-parent families are projected to make up 13% to 14% of all families in 2041 (13% in 2016) and 80% to 82% of all single-parent families (82% in 2016).
  • Single-male-parent families are projected to increase the fastest of any family type, increasing by between 44% and 65% (85,300 to 127,000 families) by 2041.
  • Other families are projected to make up only 1.5% to 1.7% of all families in 2041 (1.8% in 2016).


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Source(s): Household and Family Projections, Australia, 2016 to 2041




    Projected families, Australia

    At 30 June
    Family type
    2016
    2021
    2026
    2031
    2036
    2041
    '000
    '000
    '000
    '000
    '000
    '000

    SERIES I

    Couple families with children
    2 956.7
    3 181.6
    3 419.1
    3 651.8
    3 874.8
    4 086.9
    Couple families without children
    2 512.7
    2 790.7
    3 033.8
    3 241.1
    3 437.1
    3 636.9
    One-parent families
    1 072.0
    1 157.1
    1 249.5
    1 347.5
    1 445.6
    1 536.4
    Male parent
    193.9
    208.8
    225.0
    242.8
    261.3
    279.1
    Female parent
    878.2
    948.4
    1 024.5
    1 104.8
    1 184.3
    1 257.3
    Other families
    117.6
    127.5
    136.4
    145.2
    153.5
    161.9
    Total
    6 659.0
    7 256.9
    7 838.8
    8 385.5
    8 911.1
    9 422.1

    SERIES II

    Couple families with children
    2 956.7
    3 161.9
    3 384.9
    3 609.2
    3 832.5
    4 046.5
    Couple families without children
    2 512.7
    2 751.3
    2 981.7
    3 184.0
    3 376.7
    3 569.0
    One-parent families
    1 072.0
    1 163.9
    1 259.8
    1 362.4
    1 465.5
    1 562.3
    Male parent
    193.9
    214.9
    234.6
    254.7
    274.6
    294.0
    Female parent
    878.2
    949.0
    1 025.2
    1 107.7
    1 190.9
    1 268.3
    Other families
    117.6
    123.7
    129.9
    136.6
    144.2
    152.0
    Total
    6 659.0
    7 200.8
    7 756.2
    8 292.3
    8 818.8
    9 329.8

    SERIES III

    Couple families with children
    2 956.7
    3 161.9
    3 370.7
    3 567.7
    3 748.4
    3 912.9
    Couple families without children
    2 512.7
    2 751.3
    2 965.7
    3 148.6
    3 313.3
    3 472.3
    One-parent families
    1 072.0
    1 163.9
    1 264.7
    1 378.5
    1 504.0
    1 633.9
    Male parent
    193.9
    214.9
    237.8
    263.2
    291.3
    320.9
    Female parent
    878.2
    949.0
    1 026.9
    1 115.3
    1 212.6
    1 313.0
    Other families
    117.6
    123.7
    127.8
    130.9
    133.4
    135.9
    Total
    6 659.0
    7 200.8
    7 728.9
    8 225.7
    8 699.0
    9 155.0