The 309,142 births in Australia in 2017 was the third-highest figure on record. Conversely, with Australian women averaging only 1.74 children over a lifetime, the total fertility rate was the lowest on record.
Facts and Figures
Facts and figures provides broad trends in Australian families. These trends are primarily based on statistics published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), though data from major Australian surveys are also used.
The data show that more young people are choosing to stay at home and live with their parents into their early adulthood.
From 1970 until 2000, the proportion of Australians marrying fell steadily. It then stabilised for a decade before falling again.
In 2016, the crude divorce rate (divorces per 1,000 Australian residents) was the lowest since 1976.
The latest facts and figures about Australia's population and types of households.
This data looks at parents and employment, the division of work, parental leave and work arrangements used to care for children.
This page reveals figures around life expectancy for older Australians, the significance of maintaining social networks, and caring for grandchildren.
The latest facts and figures: Face-to-face parent-child contact; Overnight stays with non-resident parent
Bringing together data and information from a range of key surveys, studies and projections, this series of fact sheets should assist older people, communities, governments and agencies providing services to older people in planning for the future.