3301.0 - Births, Australia, 2010 Quality Declaration
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 25/10/2011
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2010: record year for births
It's been another record year for Australian births, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
A total of 297,900 births were registered in Australia in 2010, the highest number of births ever registered in a calendar year. Of these, 16,100 births were registered where at least one parent was an Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person.
Despite this record number of births, Australia's total fertility rate dropped slightly to 1.89 babies per woman, down from a recent high of 1.96 in 2008.
The Northern Territory had the highest fertility rate, at 2.11 babies per woman, while Victoria had the lowest at 1.75.
The Northern Territory and Tasmania had the youngest mothers, where fertility rates were highest for women aged 25–29 years, compared with the rest of Australia where rates were highest for women aged 30–34 years.
The average age of a mother in 2010 was 30.7 years; first-time mums averaged 28.9 years, and the average dad, 33.1. All these ages have increased slightly from 2009.
More details can be found in Births, Australia, 2010 (cat. no. 3301.0). State, territory and sub-state information is also available for download from the ABS website (www.abs.gov.au).
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