The family characteristics topic provides data about families, including couples living in de facto and registered marriages, step and blended families, one parent families and visiting arrangements of children with parents who live elsewhere. It provides information about the composition of households and families, and the characteristics of people within them, to better understand how families are changing and how to provide support to them.
The family transitions topic provides information about relationship history and expectations, children born and fertility expectations. These data provide insight into family formation and dissolution, and how expectations regarding marriage and childbearing may be changing over time.
The information provided in this topic will be of value to policy makers, researchers and demographers who are interested in understanding changes to family composition.