Text description: Households and families

Key trends

  • Multi-generation and extended-family households are uncommon in Australia.
  • One-person households have become more common, though the trend has been stable since 2006. There has been an increase in the proportion of older-couple households.
  • Households have become smaller and more diverse over time, with increasing proportions of Indigenous and immigrant households.
  • Most people report positive levels of satisfaction with their family relationships, especially with children, their current partner and parents.
  • There has been a decline in families with dependent children but an increase in couple-only families, especially older couples.

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