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As noted in What is a Family?, couple families are based around a couple relationship between two people who are either married or in a de facto partnership and usually resident in the same household. They include couples with or without dependants, and same-sex partners.
In June 2017, there were:
Footnote(s): Does not include persons with undetermined labour force status
TOTAL COUPLE FAMILIES WITH DEPENDANTS
Most couple families with dependants had at least one employed parent, at 94% in June 2017. The majority of couple families with dependants had both parents employed (65%), of which 1.3 million had at least one child aged less than 15 years. (Datacubes 1, 3)
There were 470,300 couple families which had a youngest dependent aged 15–24 years living with them, which represented 8% of all couple families. (Datacube 8)
In 2017, the wife/partner was employed in 70% of all couple families with dependants. As in previous years, the percentage of mothers employed full-time in couple families increased with the age of the youngest dependant, from 23% for mothers of 0–4 year olds to 41% of mothers of dependants aged 15–24 years. In 38% of couple families with dependants, the mother was employed part-time. This pattern has remained consistent from 2013-2017. (Datacube 7)
TOTAL COUPLE FAMILIES WITHOUT DEPENDANTS
In June 2017, 55% of couple families had no dependants. (Datacubes 1,10)
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