6224.0.55.001 - Labour Force, Australia: Labour Force Status and Other Characteristics of Families, June 2016 Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 12/01/2017   
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A child aged 15–24 years is a dependant if they are still attending school or attending a tertiary institution full-time. However, they cannot be a dependant if they have a partner or child of their own usually resident in the household.

In 2016, there were 1.4 million dependent students aged 15–24 years attending school or studying full-time at a tertiary education institution and usually resident in the same household as their parents/guardian. This number has remained steady over recent years. (Datacube 5)

Of all families with children and dependants, 19% had a youngest dependant aged between 15–24 years in 2016. In 2016, 77% of families with youngest dependants aged 15–24 years were couple families. (Datacube 9)