2-2

2-2. Maternal age

2-2-1. Maternal age in South Australia

2-2-2. Aboriginal maternal age

2-2-3. Teenage women giving birth

2-2-4. Aboriginal teenage women giving birth

2-2-5. Women aged 35 years and over giving birth

2-2-6. Aboriginal women aged 35 years and over giving birth

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2-2-1. Maternal age in South Australia

  • The median age at which women in South Australia gave birth was 30.5 years in 2014.
  • This is only slightly younger than the national median of 30.8 years.
  • In 2014, the median maternal age in South Australia was higher in Greater Adelaide (30.9 years) compared to Country SA (28.8 years).
  • South Australia's median maternal age is ranked equal fourth lowest (with Western Australia) compared to the other states and territories.

 

Median maternal age, 2014
RegionYears
Greater Adelaide30.9
Country SA28.8
South Australia30.5
Australia30.8

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Median maternal age, 2014
State/TerritoryYears
Northern Territory28.8
Tasmania29.4
Queensland30.0
South Australia30.5
Western Australia30.5
New South Wales31.1
Victoria31.5
Australian Capital Territory31.6
Australia30.8

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2-2-2. Aboriginal maternal age

  • The median age at which Aboriginal women in South Australia gave birth in 2014 is significantly younger than the general population rate, at 25.1 years.
  • This age is the same as the national median for Aboriginal women giving birth (25.1 years).
  • The trend over the last decade has been gradually increasing.
  • South Australia's median maternal age of Aboriginal mothers is ranked in the middle compared to the other states and territories that reported data.

 

Aboriginal median maternal age, 2014
RegionYears
Greater Adelaiden.a.
Country SAn.a.
South Australia25.1
Australia25.1

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Aboriginal median maternal age, 2014
State/TerritoryYears
Northern Territory24.5
Western Australia24.7
Queensland25.0
South Australia25.1
Tasmania25.2
New South Wales25.4
Victoria25.9
Australian Capital Territoryn.p.
Australia25.1

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2-2-3. Teenage women giving birth

  • In 2014, there were 649 births in South Australia where the mother was aged 19 years or less.
  • This represents 3.2% of all births in South Australia and is equivalent to the national rate of 3.1%.
  • Over the last decade there has been a downward trend, both in this state and nationally.
  • South Australia ranks fourth lowest of the states and territories for proportion of births where the mother was aged 19 years or less.

 

Births, mother aged 19 years or less, 2014
Region%
Greater Adelaiden.a.
Country SAn.a.
South Australia3.2%
Australia3.1%

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Births, mother aged 19 years or less, 2014
State/Territory%
Australian Capital Territory1.6%
Victoria2.0%
New South Wales2.7%
South Australia3.2%
Western Australia3.4%
Queensland4.3%
Tasmania5.3%
Northern Territory8.1%
Australia3.1%

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2-2-4. Aboriginal teenage women giving birth

  • In 2014, there were 104 births in South Australia to Aboriginal mothers aged 19 years or less.
  • This represents 15.5% of all births in South Australia to Aboriginal mothers, lower than the national rate of 16.9%.
  • Over the last decade there has been a downward trend, both in this state and nationally.
  • In 2014, South Australia ranked second lowest of the states and territories for the proportion of births to Aboriginal mothers aged 19 years or less.

 

Births, Aboriginal mother aged 19 years or less, 2014
Region%
Greater Adelaiden.a.
Country SAn.a.
South Australia15.5%
Australia16.9%

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Births, Aboriginal mother aged 19 years or less, 2014
State/Territory%
Victoria11.1%
South Australia15.5%
New South Wales16.1%
Tasmania16.3%
Queensland17.1%
Western Australia18.6%
Northern Territory20.9%
Australian Capital Territoryn.p.
Australia16.9%

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2-2-5. Women aged 35 years and over giving birth

  • In 2014, there were 4,232 births in South Australia where the mother was aged 35 years or older.
  • This represents around one in five (20.8%) of all births in South Australia, lower than the national rate of 22.3%.
  • Since 2008, the proportion of has been relatively steady, both in this state and nationally.
  • Compared to its interstate counterparts, South Australia ranks around the middle for the proportion of births to women aged 35 years and over.

 

Births, mother aged 35 years and over, 2014
Region%
Greater Adelaiden.a.
Country SAn.a.
South Australia20.8%
Australia22.3%

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Births, mother aged 35 years and over, 2014
State/Territory%
Northern Territory16.3%
Tasmania17.4%
Queensland19.2%
South Australia20.8%
Western Australia20.9%
New South Wales23.6%
Australian Capital Territory23.9%
Victoria24.8%
Australia22.3%

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2-2-6. Aboriginal women aged 35 years and over giving birth

  • In 2014, there were 61 births in South Australia to Aboriginal mothers aged 35 years or older.
  • This represents 9.1% of all births in South Australia to Aboriginal mothers, slightly less than the national rate of 9.5%.
  • Over the last decade, the national rate has increased very slightly, although South Australia's trend is harder to discern.
  • South Australia ranks third lowest of the states and territories that reported data (ACT did not publish figures) for the proportion of births to Aboriginal mothers aged 35 years and over.

 

Births, Aboriginal mother aged 35 years and over, 2014
Region%
Greater Adelaiden.a.
Country SAn.a.
South Australia9.1%
Australia9.5%

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Births, Aboriginal mother aged 35 years and over, 2014
State/Territory%
Northern Territory8.0%
Western Australia8.3%
South Australia9.1%
Tasmania9.2%
New South Wales9.5%
Queensland9.9%
Victoria12.8%
Australian Capital Territoryn.p.
Australia9.5%

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Sources

  1. Based on ABS 2015, 'Table 2.1 Births, Summary, Statistical Areas Level 4-2011 to 2014', Births, Australia, 2014, cat. no. 3301.0, viewed 11 March 2016.
  2. Based on ABS 2015, 'Table 11.4 Births of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, Summary-South Australia-2009 to 2014', Births, Australia, 2014, cat. no. 3301.0, viewed 15 March 2016.
  3. Based on ABS 2015, 'Table 1.4 Births, Summary statistics for South Australia-2004 to 2014', Births, Australia, 2014, cat. no. 3301.0, viewed 11 March 2016.