Teenage Fertility Rate Similar To That Of Canada

Teenage Fertility Rate Similar To That Of Canada

Australian Bureau Of Statistics

Teenage Fertility Rate Lowest On Record

Victor P Taffa

While the fertility rate of Australian women is steady, teenage fertility has dropped to its lowest rate on record, according to the latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Australia’s total fertility rate in 2015 was 1.81 babies per woman, changing little since 2014 (1.8). However, in 2015, births to mothers aged 19 years and under continued to decline both in number (8,574) and proportion of all births (2.8 %).

“The low share of births to teenage mothers in 2015 breaks the previous record low of 3.1 % in 2014.” Beidar Cho from the ABS said.

“The fertility rate for 30-34 year olds was the highest of all age groups, followed by 25-29 year olds.”

In comparison to other countries, the teenaged fertility rate of 11.9 births per 1,000 women was very close to Canada (11.1), less than New Zealand (18.5) and less than England and Wales (14.5).

“A total of 305,377 births were registered in Australia in 2015.” Ms. Cho said.

Consistent with previous years, Victoria recorded the lowest total fertility rate (1.7) and the Northern Territory the highest (2.1).

In 2015, the total fertility rate for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander mothers was 2.3. There were 18,537 births registered (6 % of all births) where at least 1 Parent was an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Australian.