Notes on the data: Families
Single parent families with children aged less than 15 years, 2011
Policy context: In the 2011 Census, of the families in Australia, 44.6% were couple families with children, 37.8% were couple families without children and 15.9% (901,634 families) were one parent families: 17.6% of single parents were male and 82.4% were female . Compared with other family types, one parent families are considered to be at a higher risk of disadvantage, with respect to income, housing, employment and social participation .
Over recent decades, single parent families have increased as a proportion of all families with children . Consequently, a greater number of children spend at least some of their childhood with a lone parent; and many women and some men experience sole parenting, often in difficult financial circumstances. The economic and social wellbeing of one-parent families is a focus of social policy, as many single parent families also experience poorer health, and are major users of publicly-funded services. Details of their location are, therefore, relevant to policy makers and those providing health, education, welfare, housing and transport services.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). 2011 Census QuickStats [Internet]. 2013 Mar 28 [cited 2013 Oct 18]. Available from: http://www.censusdata.abs.gov.au/census_services/getproduct/census/2011/quickstat/0#vehicles
- ABS. Australian Social Trends, 2007 - Article: One-parent families. (ABS Cat. no. 4102). Canberra: ABS; 2007 [cited 2013 Oct 18]. Available from: http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/subscriber.nsf/0/3A8D1AA0F3AB7D66CA25732F001C94E6/$File/41020_One-parent%20families_2007.pdf
Notes: The denominator for this indicator has changed from the data PHIDU published for the 2006 Census. The denominator is now ‘Families with children under 15 years’, not ‘Total families’.
Numerator: Single parent families with children under 15 years
Denominator: All families with children under 15 years
Detail of analysis: Per cent
Source: Compiled by PHIDU based on the ABS Census 2011 data.