Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Across Australia, the highest numbers of Indigenous births in 2013 were in:
New South Wales (5,961 births)
Western Australia (2,735) (ABS 2014f ).
The birth rate for Indigenous women is higher than for all Australian women. In 2013, the total fertility rate for
Indigenous women was 2.3 babies per woman, compared with 1.9 for all women (ABS 2014f ).
Indigenous mothers tend to be younger than other mothers, and Indigenous women have higher fertility rates
in the younger age groups (Figure 2.4). In 2013:
the median age of Indigenous women who registered a birth was 24.9 years-nearly 6 years lower than the
median age for all mothers (30.8)
50% of births to Indigenous women and 17% of births to all women were to mothers aged under 25
the teenage fertility rate of Indigenous women (63 births per 1,000 women) was over 4 times the teenage
fertility rate of all women (15 births per 1,000 women) (ABS 2014f )