Types of families in Australia source data

Family type

Family type 1976-2011. Data shown in table below.

Data table - Family type 1976-2011
Family type 1976 1986 1996 2006 2011

Sources: Hugo, G. (2001). A century of population change in Australia (ABS - Yearbook 2001 Australia (Catalogue. no. 1301.0)); ABS 2006 and 2011 Censuses

One parent family with dependent children 6.5 7.8 9.9 10.7 10.6
Couple only 28.0 30.3 34.1 37.2 37.8
Couple with dependent children 48.4 44.8 40.6 37.0 36.7
Couple with non-dependent children 11.1 10.9 9.0 8.3 7.9
Other families 5.9 6.2 6.4 6.8 7.0
Other families 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0

Families with children 0-17 years

Families with children aged 0-17 years 2012-13. Data shown in table below.

Data table - Families with children 0-17 years, 2012-13
Family type No. families ('000) %

Source: ABS(2011) Family Characteristics Australia June 2012-13 (Catalogue no. 4442.0).

Intact families 2042 73.5
Step families 91 3.3
Blended families 90 3.2
Sole mother families 451 16.2
Sole father families 85 3.1
Other families 20 0.7
Total 2779 100.0

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