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

  • Rise in both parents working full-time - 21% of couple families with children aged 0-4 years.
  • Rise in families with employed mothers - 70% of couple families with children under 15.
  • Fall in families with just one employed parent - 28% of couple families with children under 15.
  • Rise in one parent families - 15% of all families.
  • Fall in jobless families - 11% of families with children under 15.
  • Rise in same-sex couples - 1% of all families.

All families

In June 2019 there were 7.2 million families, an increase of 1.1 million (18%) since 2009. Of these:

  • 5.9 million (83%) were couple families.
  • 1.1 million (15%) were one parent families with 83% of these being single mothers.
  • 153,000 (2%) were classified as 'other families', where at least two people were related in some way other than as a couple or as a parent and child (such as adult-age siblings). (Table 1)


3.3 million (46%) were families with dependants, of which 82% were families with children under 15.

The following table summarises the breakdown of the main family types.

All
families
7,152,600
Couple
families
One parent
families
Other
families
83.1%
of all families
14.7%
of all families
2.1%
of all families
5,946,600
1,053,000
153,000
Couple families
with
dependants
Couple families
without
dependants
One parent
families with
dependants
One parent
families without
dependants
43.6%
of couple
families
56.4%
of couple
families
63.4%
of one parent
families
36.6%
of one parent
families
2,594,900
3,351,700
667,800
385,200