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Households with children

There are 1,365,896 couples with young children in Australia in 2011, comprising 17% of households.

Households with Children require different services and facilities than other household types, and their needs change as both adults and children age. When many families in an area are at the same stage in their individual lifecycles, it creates a suburb lifecycle. Knowing where a suburb is in a cycle of change helps planners make evidence-based decisions about the demand for services both now and in the future.

For Households with Children in Australia, life stage is based on the age of children in the household. The age of the parent(s) is not taken into account.

  • Young children: Children aged under 15 only
  • Mixed age children: One or more children under 15 and one or more children over 15 (must have 2 or more children)
  • Older children: Children aged 15 and over only

To continue building the story, Australia's Household data should be viewed in conjunction with Household Size, Age Structure and Dwelling Type.

Derived from the Census question:

‘What is the person’s relationship (to each other person in the household)?’

Households

Households with children by life stage
Australia - Households (Enumerated)20112006Change
Households with childrenNumber%Greater Capital Cities %Number%Greater Capital Cities %2006 to 2011
Couples with children2,511,70030.732.82,345,63230.932.5+166,068
Couples with young children1,365,89616.717.61,257,42816.617.0+108,468
Couples with mixed-age children365,6054.54.6362,6954.84.9+2,910
Couples with older children780,1999.510.6725,5099.610.6+54,690
Single parents with children867,91310.610.6799,75210.510.6+68,161
Single parents with young children342,8674.23.9339,7774.54.2+3,090
Single parents with mixed-age children107,8041.31.3100,8941.31.3+6,910
Single parents with older children417,2425.15.5359,0814.75.1+58,161
Total households with children3,379,61341.343.53,145,38441.443.1+234,229

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Households with children, 2011
Households with children, 2011 Single parents with older children, Greater Capital Cities: 5.5% Single parents with mixed-age children, Greater Capital Cities: 1.3% Single parents with young children, Greater Capital Cities: 3.9% Couples with older children, Greater Capital Cities: 10.6% Couples with mixed-age children, Greater Capital Cities: 4.6% Couples with young children, Greater Capital Cities: 17.6% Single parents with older children, Australia: 5.1% Single parents with mixed-age children, Australia: 1.3% Single parents with young children, Australia: 4.2% Couples with older children, Australia: 9.5% Couples with mixed-age children, Australia: 4.5% Couples with young children, Australia: 16.7%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in households with children, 2006 to 2011
Change in households with children, 2006 to 2011 Single parents with older children, Australia: +58,161 Single parents with mixed-age children, Australia: +6,910 Single parents with young children, Australia: +3,090 Couples with older children, Australia: +54,690 Couples with mixed-age children, Australia: +2,910 Couples with young children, Australia: +108,468
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the families with children in Australia in 2011 compared to Greater Capital Cities shows that there was a smaller proportion of couples with young children, as well as a smaller proportion of couples with older children.

Overall, 16.7% of total households with children were couple with young children, and 9.5% were couples with older children, compared with 17.6% and 10.6% respectively for Greater Capital Cities.

There were a similar proportion of single parent households with young children and a similar proportion of single parent households with older children. Overall, the proportion of single parent households with young children was 4.2% compared to 3.9% in Greater Capital Cities while the proportion of single parent households with older children was 5.1% compared to 5.5% in Greater Capital Cities.

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of households with children increased by 234,229 households or 7.4%.

The largest changes in households with children in this area between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • Couples with young children (+108,468 households)
  • Single parents with older children (+58,161 households)
  • Couples with older children (+54,690 households)
  • Single parents with mixed-age children (+6,910 households)
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