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Previous research finds that…

  • There were almost 6 million families counted on Census night in 2016, up from over five million families in 2011. This number is predicted to increase to between 8.9 and 9.0 million by 2036, representing a growth of between 46-47 per cent. (ABS)
  • Almost one in four Australians (24%) live in single-person households, and this number is growing.
  • The number of same-sex couple parented families in Australia is growing, as is the acceptance of the equality of same-sex couples. Research indicates that overall, children raised in same-sex parented families do just as well emotionally, socially and educationally as other children. (Australian Institute of Family Studies)
  • Defining the family boundaries of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families can be particularly challenging, as for some Indigenous communities, kinship terminology differs from the “Anglo-Celtic” system (Morphy, 2006).
  • Grandparents commonly care for grandchildren, with 65 per cent of grandparents doing caring duties at least once a week in 2011.
  • 84 per cent of Australian born people say they would turn to family for help during a trying time, compared with 58 per cent of newly arrived migrants.
  • Carers, especially foster carers to children, fall within the definition of ‘family’. In 2015, 2.7 million Australians were carers.

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