3301.0 - Births, Australia, 2015 Quality Declaration 
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STATES AND TERRITORIES


All states and territories, except for New South Wales, recorded a decrease in registered births in 2015.

Births registered, States and Territories - 2014 and 2015

2014
2015
Change 2014-2015
no.
no.
no.
%

New South Wales(b)
91 074
100 079
9 005
9.9
Victoria
74 224
73 568
-656
-0.9
Queensland
63 066
61 745
-1 321
-2.1
South Australia
20 384
19 587
-797
-3.9
Western Australia
35 403
35 135
-268
-0.8
Tasmania
5 935
5 680
-255
-4.3
Northern Territory
4 026
4 004
-22
-0.5
Australian Capital Territory
5 552
5 542
-10
-0.2
Australia(a)
299 697
305 377
5 680
1.9

(a) Includes Other Territories
(b) Births registered in NSW increased by almost 10 per cent from the 2014 figure due to delayed processing throughout 2014. See Explanatory Notes 27 and 28.


The Australian Capital Territory recorded the highest median ages of mothers and fathers (31.7 years and 33.7 years respectively), followed by Victoria (31.6 years for mothers and 33.6 years for fathers). The Northern Territory had the youngest mothers (29.5 years), followed by Tasmania (29.8 years). This order was reversed for the father's median age, with 31.9 years for Tasmania and 32.2 years for the Northern Territory. For all median age data, see the dataset Confinements, by nuptiality, by state from the Downloads tab.

In 2015, the Northern Territory recorded the highest TFR (2.11 babies per woman) while Victoria recorded the lowest (1.68 babies per woman). The 2015 TFR for Victoria is the lowest since 2001, when a TFR of 1.63 was recorded. The large increase of births registered in NSW in 2015 accounts for the large increase in TFR. See Explanatory Notes 27 and 28 regarding this increase, which was due to processing delays.

Graph Image for Total Fertility Rate (a), states and territories

Footnote(s): (a) Births per woman.

Source(s): Births, Australia



Fertility rates were highest for women aged 30-34 years in all states and territories in 2015. For more information see the dataset Fertility, by age, by state from the Downloads tab.


Net reproductive rates(a), by state or territory of registration

Year of registration
NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT
ACT
Australia

2014
0.834
0.837
0.920
0.903
0.908
0.964
1.004
0.843
0.869
2015
0.902
0.808
0.885
0.854
0.888
0.916
0.970
0.827
0.869

(a) Daughters surviving to reproductive age, per woman.