Changes in the labour force status of lone and couple Australian mothers, 1983-2002

Changes in the labour force status of lone and couple Australian mothers, 1983-2002

Matthew Gray, Lixia Qu, Jennifer Renda and David de Vaus

Research Paper No. 33 — June 2003

Over the last twenty years there has been a substantial increase in the proportion of lone mothers employed part-time, while the proportion employed full-time is much the same in 2002 as it was in 1983. The experience of couple mothers is quite different, with both full-time and part-time employment increasing at similar rates. The net effect is that both lone and couple mothers have had similar increases in overall employment rates, but that the nature of the growth in employment has been different among the lone and couple mother populations. This paper uses data from the 1986 and 1996 Australian Censuses to explore the possible reasons for the differences in the labour market trends of lone and couple mothers.

Authors and Acknowledgements

A previous version of this paper was presented at the Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, 12-14 February 2003, Melbourne, Australia, and in the School of Economics and Marketing Workshop Series, University of Canberra, Canberra, Australia.  

Publication details

Research Paper
No. 33
Published by the Australian Institute of Family Studies, June 2003.
30 pp.
ISSN: 
1446-9871
ISBN: 
0 642 39503 9
Suggested citation:

Gray, M., Qu, L., Renda, J., & de Vaus, D. (2003). Changes in the labour force status of lone and couple Australian mothers, 1983–2002 (Research Paper No. 33). Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

 

 

 

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