6224.0.55.001 - Labour Force, Australia: Labour Force Status and Other Characteristics of Families, June 2019 Quality Declaration 
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Couple families

Couple families are formed around two people in a couple relationship who both usually reside in the same household. Couple families can be formed around opposite-sex couples or same-sex couples, and they can be with or without dependants (which include children under 15 and dependent students aged 15-24 years).

In June 2019 there were 5.9 million couple families, including:

    • 2.6 million opposite-sex couple families with dependants.
    • 3.4 million couple families without dependants.
    • 74,000 same-sex couple families, an increase from 27,000 in 2009 and;
    • 1.7 million couple families with dependants where both parents were employed. (Table 1, Table 9)

Graph: Couple families by number employed and age of youngest dependant, June 2019

This is a graph with a three distinctly coloured vertical bars arranged into five groups. The vertical axis is the proportion of couple families expressed as a percentage from 0 to 80. The horizontal axis represents the age of youngest child in five group

Couple families with dependants

The proportion of couple families with dependants in which one or both parents were employed was 94% (2.4 million) in June 2019. The majority (67%) of couple families with dependants had both parents employed, of which 1.4 million (81%) had at least one child aged under 15 years. (Table 1, Table 3)

There were 450,000 couple families which had a youngest dependant aged 15–24 years living with them. This represented 7.5% of all couple families. (Table 8)

In 2019, the proportion of couple families with dependants where the wife (or youngest same-sex partner) was employed was 71%. This was lower than the proportion where the husband (or eldest same-sex partner) was employed at 89%. As the age of youngest dependant increased, the proportion of couple families where the husband (or eldest same-sex partner) was employed fell from 90% for children aged 0-4 years to 86% for dependants aged 15-24. The proportion of couple families where the wife (or youngest same-sex partner) was employed rose from 62% for children aged 0-4 years to 80% for children aged 10-14 and 78% for dependants aged 15-24. (Table 9)

Graph: Couples families by employment characteristics and age of youngest dependant, June 2019

This is a graph with a two distinctly coloured vertical bars arranged into five groups. The vertical axis is the proportion of couple families expressed as a percentage from 40 to 80. The horizontal axis represents the age of youngest child in five groups