Australians are having fewer kids, except older women

Older mothers are bucking a national trend by having more children in 2013 than in previous years
Older mothers are bucking a national trend by having more children in 2013 than in previous years Contributed

AUSTRALIANS are having less babies.

The national birth rate has now reached its lowest point since 2006, according to latest data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

We gave birth to 1500 fewer children in 2013 compared to 2012.

Overall, it works out to every woman having 1.88 babies each.

Since 1976, Australian fertility rates have fallen below replacement levels.

For newborns to maintain population levels, each Australian woman must have 2.1 babies.

In 2001, fertility rates hit a record low of 1.74 babies per woman before hitting a 30-year high in 2008, with women having 2.02 babies each.

The only group of people bucking the current baby slowdown are women aged between 40 and 44, with older mothers having more babies now than ever before.

Denise Carlton from the ABC said fertility rates for these older mums has nearly tripled.

New South Wales, Western Australia and the Australian Capital Territory each recorded more births in 2013 compared to the year before.

Birth rates fell the sharpest in Victoria, down 4.4%.

Queensland's birth rates fell by 0.8%.



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