A new report from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has found that fewer Australian women under the age of 20 are having babies than a decade ago.
older, says ABS
The Births, Australia, 2012 publication shows that in 2012, 11,420 babies were born to teenage mothers, down from 12,932 just a few years earlier in 2008.
Director of Demography at the ABS, Bjorn Jarvis, said the fertility rate of teenage mothers had decreased to 16.1 babies per 1,000 women in 2012, down from 17.4 in 2002.
"In contrast, we have seen the number of births to mothers over 40 continue to increase," Mr Jarvis said.
“The total fertility rate in Australia for 2012 was 1.93 babies per woman; higher than the record low of 1.74 in 2001 but still below the recent peak of 2.02 in 2008.”
He said the Northern Territory had the highest fertility rate at 2.21 babies per woman, while the Australian Capital Territory had the lowest at 1.79.
“The median age of all mothers was 30.7 years in 2012, whereas the median age of all fathers was 33 years," Mr Jarvis said.
More details can be found in Births, Australia, 2012 (cat. no. 3301.0). State, Territory and sub-State information is also available for free download from the ABS website at http://www.abs.gov.au
Edition 385, 29 October 2013