3301.0 - Births, Australia, 2017 Quality Declaration
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 11/12/2018
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STATES AND TERRITORIES
The Australian Capital Territory recorded the largest increase (1,055 or 20.5%) in the number of births registered in 2017. Some of the increases were due to a catch-up in processing lags. New South Wales recorded an increase (508 births or 0.5 %), while all other jurisdictions recorded a decrease in registered births.
The Australian Capital Territory recorded the highest median ages of mothers and fathers (32.2 years and 34.1 years respectively), followed by Victoria (31.8 years for mothers and 33.8 years for fathers). The Northern Territory had the youngest mothers (29.8 years), followed by Tasmania (30.1 years). This order was reversed for the father's median age, with 32.1 years for Tasmania and 32.2 years for the Northern Territory. For all median age data, see the dataset Confinements, by nuptiality, by state from the Downloads tab.
In 2017, the Northern Territory recorded the highest TFR (1.91 babies per woman) closely followed by the Australian Capital Territory and Western Australia (both 1.83 babies per woman), while South Australia recorded the lowest rate (1.68 babies per woman).
Footnote(s): (a) Births per woman
Source(s): Births, Australia
Fertility rates were highest for women aged 30-34 years in all states and territories in 2017. For more information see the dataset Fertility, by age, by state from the Downloads tab.
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