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Households without children

In Australia, older couples without children account for 9% of total households in 2011.

Households without Children include couples without children and lone person households. They require different services depending on the age of the people in the households. For example young couples who have not had children (yet) compared to older "empty nester" couples whose children may have left home.

For Households without Children in Australia, life stage is based on the age of the household reference person (usually person 1 on the Census form):

  • Young: Aged 15-44
  • Middle-aged: Aged 45-64
  • Older: Aged 65 and over

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 without children by life stage
Australia - Households (Enumerated)20112006Change
Households without childrenNumber%Greater Capital Cities %Number%Greater Capital Cities %2006 to 2011
Couples without children2,072,76725.324.01,887,68224.923.5+185,085
Young couples without children589,5567.28.2530,3537.07.8+59,203
Middle-aged couples without children755,6829.27.8730,2009.68.2+25,482
Older couples without children727,5298.98.0627,1298.37.5+100,400
Lone person households1,888,54923.122.31,740,46622.922.6+148,083
Young lone persons528,0776.56.9522,8526.97.4+5,225
Middle-aged lone persons641,2307.87.3568,4717.57.1+72,759
Older lone persons719,2428.88.2649,1438.58.1+70,099
Group households320,9903.94.3280,8503.74.0+40,140
Total households without children4,282,30652.350.63,908,99851.550.1+373,308

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

Households without children, 2011
Households without children, 2011 Group households, Greater Capital Cities: 4.3% Older lone persons, Greater Capital Cities: 8.2% Middle-aged lone persons, Greater Capital Cities: 7.3% Young lone persons, Greater Capital Cities: 6.9% Older couples without children, Greater Capital Cities: 8.0% Middle-aged couples without children, Greater Capital Cities: 7.8% Young couples without children, Greater Capital Cities: 8.2% Group households, Australia: 3.9% Older lone persons, Australia: 8.8% Middle-aged lone persons, Australia: 7.8% Young lone persons, Australia: 6.5% Older couples without children, Australia: 8.9% Middle-aged couples without children, Australia: 9.2% Young couples without children, Australia: 7.2%
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 without children, 2006 to 2011
Change in households without children, 2006 to 2011 Group households, Australia: +40,140 Older lone persons, Australia: +70,099 Middle-aged lone persons, Australia: +72,759 Young lone persons, Australia: +5,225 Older couples without children, Australia: +100,400 Middle-aged couples without children, Australia: +25,482 Young couples without children, Australia: +59,203
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 households without children in Australia in 2011 compared to Greater Capital Cities shows that there was a smaller proportion of young couples without children, a larger proportion of middle-aged couples without children, and a larger proportion of older couples without children.

In addition, there were a similar proportion of young lone person households, a larger proportion of middle-aged lone person households, and a larger proportion of older lone person households.

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of households without children increased by 373,308.

The largest changes in households without children in Australia, between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • Older couples without children (+100,400 persons)
  • Middle-aged lone persons (+72,759 persons)
  • Older lone persons (+70,099 persons)
  • Young couples without children (+59,203 persons)
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