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Couples with children

Small increase in number of 'couple with children' families

The number of 'couple with children' families has increased 4.8 percent since the 2006 Census. At the time of the 2013 Census, there were 469,290 couple with children families, up from 447,894 in 2006.

Of the 469,290 couple with children families, 1,476 were same-sex couples with children. Most same-sex couples with children were female (79.3 percent).

In 2013, most couple with children families included either one or two children. The proportion with one child increased to 38.1 percent in 2013, up from 36.5 percent in 2006. A further 40.2 percent had two children, similar to 39.8 percent in 2006.

Around 7 in 10 couple with children families had their youngest child aged under 15 years. Of couples with children, 35.1 percent had a youngest child aged 0–4 years, 19.9 percent aged 5–9 years, and 17.7 percent aged 10–14 years.

Most couple with children families included at least one dependent child (81.4 percent), down from 82.8 percent in 2006.

Of couples with children:

  • 30.5 percent included one dependent child
  • 33.3 percent included two dependent children
  • 12.2 percent included three dependent children
  • 4.7 percent included four or more dependent children
  • 18.2 percent did not include any dependent children.

Most mothers in opposite-sex couples with dependent children are employed

In 2013, of mothers in opposite-sex couples with dependent children:

  • 40.3 percent of were employed full-time – this was very similar to 2006 (40.4 percent), and up from 2001 (36.8 percent)
  • 27.9 percent were employed part-time – down from 30.4 percent in 2006, and 30.9 percent in 2001
  • 3.7 percent were unemployed – little change from 2001
  • 28.0 percent were not in the labour force – little change from 2001.

Graph, Full-time/part-time employment of mothers in opposite-sex couples with dependent children, 2001, 2006, and 2013 Censuses.

Of fathers in opposite-sex couples with dependent children, the work and labour force status was relatively similar between 2001 and 2013. In 2013:

  • 85.2 percent were employed full-time
  • 7.4 percent were not in the labour force.
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