6224.0.55.001 - Labour Force, Australia: Labour Force Status and Other Characteristics of Families, Jun 2011 Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 28/09/2011   
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In June 2011, there were 950 thousand lone parent families, making up 15% of all families. About two-thirds of these lone parents were living with their dependants.

There were 780 thousand single mother families in June 2011, making up the vast majority of lone parent families (83%).

Column Graph: Shows how the percentage of employed lone parents decreases with age of youngest dependant


In June 2011, there were 630 thousand lone parent families with dependants, and again most (84%) were single mother families. In a little over half (54%) of lone parent families with dependants, the age of the youngest child was between 0 and 9 years old.

The parent was employed in 59% of lone parent families with dependants in June 2011. In these families, 70% of single fathers were employed compared with 57% of single mothers. Employment among single parents generally increased as the age of the youngest dependant increased, with 73% of single parent families whose youngest dependant was 15–24 years old having an employed parent, compared with 35% whose youngest dependant under 5.

Column Graph: Shows how single mothers are employed less than single fathers, especially in families with young children

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