Types of families in Australia
According to the 2011 census, there were 5,584,000 families in Australia. The types of families consisted of:
- couples without children (37.8%)
- couples with dependent children (36.7%)
- one-parents families with dependent children (10.6%)
- couples with non-dependent children only (7.9%)
- one-parent families with non-dependent children only (5.3%)
- the proportion of couples without children has increased (28% in 1976 compared to 37.8% in 2011)
- one parent families with dependent children has also increased (6.4% in 1976 compared to 10.6% in 2011)
- the proportion of couples with dependent children decreased (48.4% in 1976 compared to 36.7% in 2011).
Families with children 0-17 years
- the majority of families with children under 18 years of age in 2012-13 were 'intact' families (73.5%)
- step and blended families accounted for less than 6.5% of all families
- almost one in five families were headed by a single parent (19.3%).
Family projections: 2011-2036
ABS projections Series B, the medium set of three sets of projections on family type from 2006 to 2031 indicate that:
- couple families with children will decrease from 44.1% in 2011 to 40.2% in 2036
- couple families without children will increase from 37.9 in 2011 to 41.1% in 2036
- couple families without children will outnumber couple families with children by 2030.