Family Facts and Figures

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Facts sheets and family trends

Family Facts and Figures provides broad trends in Australian families. These trends are primarily based on statistics published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), though data from major Australian surveys are also used.

Some basic facts about Australian families


  • Australian Bureau of Statistics (2012). the 2011 Census Place of Enumeration Profile (Catalogue no. 2004.0). Canberra: ABS.
    Australian Bureau of Statistics (2012). Marriages and Divorces, Australia, 2011 (Catalogue no. 3310.0). Canberra: ABS.
    Li, Z., Zeki, R., Hilder, L. & Sullivan, E.A. (2012). Australia’s mothers and babies 2010.(Perinatal statistics series no. 27. Cat. no. PER 57.) Canberra: AIHW National Perinatal Epidemiology and Statistics Unit.


1. The numbers of households and families were from the 2011 Census Place of Enumeration Profile. These numbers are larger than those based in the 2011 Census Basic Community Profile which was based on the counts of people at place of usual residence at the Census night.

Family Facts and Figures by topic

Australian households

Australian families





Parent Child Contact after Separation


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