2-5

2-5. Birth rate

2-5-1. Birth rate

2-5-2. Aboriginal births

Sources

 

2-5-1. Birth rate

  • In 2016, there were 19,765 people born in South Australia, into a total population of 1.71 million. This represents a crude rate of 11.5 births per 1000 population.1
  • The crude birth rate in South Australia has been very slightly declining since 2008, down from 12.7 births per 1000 population recorded in that year.1
  • The national crude birth rate remains above the state rate, but it too has been very slightly declining, down from 14.2 births per 1000 population in 2008 to 12.8 in 2016.1
  • Of the states and territories, South Australia recorded the equal lowest (with Tasmania) crude birth rate in 2016.1

 

Crude birth rate, 2016
Local Health Network Per 1000 popn.
Northern Adelaide 12.3
Central Adelaide 11.6
Southern Adelaide 11.0
Metropolitan Adelaide 11.6
Barossa Hills Fleurieu 11.2
Eyre and Far North 11.1
Flinders and Upper North 11.2
Riverland Mallee Coorong 11.6
South East 12.6
Yorke & Northern 11.0
Country Health SA 11.5
South Australia 11.5
Australia 12.8

2-5-1 SA

Data source: ABS 2017a

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Crude birth rate, 2016
State/Territory Per 1000 popn.
Tasmania 11.5
South Australia 11.5
New South Wales 12.4
Queensland 12.8
Aust. Capital Territory 12.8
Victoria 13.4
Western Australia 13.8
Northern Territory 16.0
Australia 12.8

2-5-1 AU

Data source: ABS 2017a

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2-5-2. Aboriginal births

  • In 2016, there were 957 births registered in South Australia where one or both parents identified themselves as being Aboriginal. This represents 4.8% of the 19,772 total births in this state during that year.2
  • The trend in recorded Aboriginal births, as a percentage of all births, both in this state and nationally, has been increasing until 2015,with a slight decrease in 2016.2
  • The Australian Bureau of Statistics caution that, due to changes over time in the completeness and coverage of responses by parents to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander question on the birth registration form, care should be taken when interpreting changes in the data.
  • Of the states and territories, South Australia ranks second lowest for percentage of Aboriginal births.2

 

Aboriginal births, 2016
Region % of all births
Metropolitan Adelaide n.a.
Country SA n.a.
South Australia 4.8%
Australia 6.0%

2-5-2 SA

Data source: ABS 2017b

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Aboriginal births, 2016
State/Territory % of all births
Victoria 1.8%
South Australia 4.8%
New South Wales 6.0%
Western Australia 7.8%
Queensland 8.7%
Tasmania 9.8%
Northern Territory 35.0%
Australia 6.0%

2-5-2 AU

Data source: ABS 2017b

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Sources

  1. Based on Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS 2017a), 'Table 1.1 Births, Summary, statistical Areas Level 4--2006 to 2016', Births, Australia, 2016, cat. no. 3301.0, viewed 20 August 2018.
  2. Based on Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS 2017b), 'Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander births and confinements, summary, by state', ABS.Stat (beta), viewed 20 August 2018.