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Number of children ever born (TISP)

Census of Population and Housing: Census dictionary
Reference period
2021

Definition

This variable records the number of children ever born to each female aged 15 years and over.

Scope

Females aged 15 years and over

Categories

CodeCategory

00

No children

01

1 child

02

2 children

03

3 children

04

4 children

05

5 children

06

6 children

07

7 children

08

8 children

09

9 children

10

10 children

11

11 children

12

12 children

13

13 children

14

14 children

15

15 children

16

16 children

17

17 children

18

18 children

19

19 children

20

20 children

21

21 children

22

22 children

23

23 children

24

24 children

25

25 children

26

26 children

27

27 children

28

28 children

29

29 children

30

30 or more children

&&

Not stated

@@

Not applicable

VV

Overseas visitor

Number of categories:  34

Not applicable (@@) category comprises:

  • Males
  • Females aged under 15 years

Question(s) from the Census form

For each female, how many babies has she ever given birth to?

    For each female, how many babies has she ever given birth to?
    How many babies has Person 1 ever given birth to?

    Exclude adopted, foster and step children.

    More information

    Number of babies

      More information

      Additional information relating to the question on: For each female, how many babies has she ever given birth to?

      More information

      How many babies has Person 1 ever given birth to?

      Exclude adopted, foster and step children.

      More information

      Enter the number of children the person has given birth to. This question is only applicable to females aged 15 years or over.

      Information obtained from this question is used to calculate measures of lifetime fertility. This information will assist with calculating future population projections for Australia and provide information about the impact of fertility trends on social issues, such as the ageing of the population.

      How this variable is created

      Data for this variable is captured automatically from written numeric responses, or the 'None' response category on the paper form. All numeric responses are accepted as reported.

      History and changes

      This question was first asked in the 1981 Census.

      For 2016, an instruction on the form to include live births only was removed, due to evidence of the sensitivities of this question which cannot be overcome effectively in a self-report questionnaire. This instruction was previously included to collect births information according the United Nations Standard.

      No changes have been made for 2021.

      Data use considerations

      The data may include a small proportion of persons with unusually high numbers of children ever born, as all numeric responses are accepted as reported.

      For the Census online form, females aged 15 years and over were asked this question. Male respondents and people who responded only with non-binary sex were not asked this question.

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