3301.0 - Births, Australia, 2009 Quality Declaration
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 03/11/2010
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NUPTIAL AND EX-NUPTIAL BIRTHS
Acknowledgment of paternity
When a birth is ex-nuptial, there is a possibility that the father may not acknowledge the birth (that is, the father has not signed the birth registration statement). While the number of ex-nuptial births has increased greatly over the past twenty years, the proportion of births for which paternity was not acknowledged has decreased. In 1989, paternity was not acknowledged for around 24% of all ex-nuptial births, however by 2009 this proportion had decreased to 10%. Births where paternity is not acknowledged have decreased from 5% of all births in 1989 to 3% in 2009.