Modern family: the changing shape of Australian families

Families Australia

More than half a million or one in four Australian households now have a female as their major breadwinner - 140,000 more households that 10 years ago.

The proportion of families with both parents working has risen dramatically, with 58 per cent of all 'couple with children' families having both parents in the workforce, compared to 40 per cent in the 1980s. Australians are more likely to swap house keys than wedding rings with 78 per cent of people living together before marriage, up from 72 per cent 10 years ago, and a drop in the nation's annual marriage rate from 6.6 marriages per 1,000 people to 5.5 in the past decade.

These are some of the key findings from this AMP.NATSEM Income and Wealth Report Modern Family which explores the changing shape of Australian families. The report analyses data from a variety of sources spanning 2001 to 2011.

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