Different Family Structures

The stereotypical Australian family – dad, mum and two children – has changed in recent decades. According to the Australian Institute of Family Studies, only 71% of children under the age of 15 years lived with two biological or adoptive parents. Whilst the majority of children (82%) in 2011 were born into two-parent families, this number decreased to only 53% of children living with both biological parents by the time they had reached 17 years of age. According to the 2011 census, 19% of children aged 15 years or less lived with a single mother 2% lived with a single father and 7% lived under a different family structure such as living with one biological or adoptive parent and one step-parent.

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