Australia’s birth rate lowest on record, but more babies than ever

Glenn - The Census Expert

Glenn is our resident Census expert. After ten years working at the ABS, Glenn's deep knowledge of the Census has been a crucial input in the development of our community profiles. These tools help everyday people uncover the rich and important stories about our communities that are often hidden deep in the Census data. Glenn is also our most prolific blogger - if you're reading this, you've just finished reading one of his blogs. Take a quick look at the front page of our blog and you'll no doubt find more of Glenn's latest work. As a client manager, Glenn travels the country giving sought-after briefings to councils and communities (these are also great opportunities for Glenn to tend to his rankings in Geolocation games such as Munzee and Geocaching).

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5 Responses

  1. Astra says:

    Very Interesting, especially around 2006, where the baby bonus came in.

  2. Viv Straw says:

    In the Total Fertility Rate, States and Australia, 2008, 2017, 2018 the ACT seems to have the lowest fertility rate of 1.547. The article states it is Victoria which has 1.598. Is this a deliberate error that I have picked up? Have I missed something?

  3. Andrew Smith says:

    2006 saw an expansion of the NOM to include significantly more ‘immigrants’ whom are temporary residents, neither permanent nor citizens.

  4. Terase says:

    The fact you note women suddenly started having kids younger again when they got paid the baby bonus (was it $5500? If i recall) is hilarious.

    I do remember all many friends suddenly having kids between 17-21 despite unstable jobs, unstable living situations and short term partners. But OMG $5,500!

    No prizes for correctly guessing where i grew up.

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