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Western Australia

Households with children

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This topic has been updated with 2016 Census data for all areas. What's this?

There are 164,130 couples with young children in Western Australia in 2016, 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 Western 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, Western 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
Western Australia - Households (Enumerated)20162011Change
Households with childrenNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2011 to 2016
Couples with children289,58330.930.3261,00530.730.7+28,578
Couples with young children164,13017.516.6146,89017.316.7+17,240
Couples with mixed-age children40,1774.34.238,1724.54.5+2,005
Couples with older children85,2769.19.575,9438.99.5+9,333
Single parents with children89,7189.610.482,1369.610.6+7,582
Single parents with young children35,1083.73.833,8374.04.2+1,271
Single parents with mixed-age children10,9061.21.210,3921.21.3+514
Single parents with older children43,7044.75.337,9074.55.1+5,797
Total households with children379,30140.440.7343,14140.341.3+36,160

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Households with children, 2016
Households with children, 2016 Single parents with older children, Australia: 5.3% Single parents with mixed-age children, Australia: 1.2% Single parents with young children, Australia: 3.8% Couples with older children, Australia: 9.5% Couples with mixed-age children, Australia: 4.2% Couples with young children, Australia: 16.6% Single parents with older children, Western Australia: 4.7% Single parents with mixed-age children, Western Australia: 1.2% Single parents with young children, Western Australia: 3.7% Couples with older children, Western Australia: 9.1% Couples with mixed-age children, Western Australia: 4.3% Couples with young children, Western Australia: 17.5%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in households with children, 2011 to 2016
Change in households with children, 2011 to 2016 Single parents with older children, Western Australia: +5,797 Single parents with mixed-age children, Western Australia: +514 Single parents with young children, Western Australia: +1,271 Couples with older children, Western Australia: +9,333 Couples with mixed-age children, Western Australia: +2,005 Couples with young children, Western Australia: +17,240
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the families with children in Western Australia in 2016 compared to Australia shows that there was a larger proportion of couples with young children, and a similar proportion of couples with older children.

Overall, 17.5% of total households with children were couple with young children, and 9.1% were couples with older children, compared with 16.6% and 9.5% respectively for Australia.

There were a similar proportion of single parent households with young children and a smaller proportion of single parent households with older children. Overall, the proportion of single parent households with young children was 3.7% compared to 3.8% in Australia while the proportion of single parent households with older children was 4.7% compared to 5.3% in Australia.

Emerging groups

Between 2011 and 2016, the number of households with children increased by 36,160 households or 10.5%.

The largest changes in households with children in this area between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Couples with young children (+17,240 households)
  • Couples with older children (+9,333 households)
  • Single parents with older children (+5,797 households)
  • Couples with mixed-age children (+2,005 households)
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