Changing Face Of The Australian Family

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Over the last five decades there have been many studies, reports, papers written and statistics collected regarding the changing face of the Australian Family. Much of this information focuses on living arrangements, relationships such as marriage and de facto, one parent households, working mothers and fertility rates to name a few. There are several factors that have caused variance to the structure and values of the Australian family including the increase of divorce, remarriage, same sex relationships, one parent families and blended families. This paper will look at the extent of change that the Australian family has undergone in the last 50 years, focusing on two key issues, firstly the impact of women entering the workforce and secondly the decrease of fertility rates.

A definition of family is required to understand the parameters by which majority of studies have been evaluated. For the purpose of data collection, The Australian Bureau of Statistics defines family as the following:
• Two or more persons, one of whom is at least 15 years of age, who are related by blood, marriage (registered or de facto), adoption or fostering, and who are usually resident in the same household. Separate families are identified for each married or de facto couple and for each one parent family in the household (ABS, 1992b).
Another term, “nuclear family” is commonly used and describes the family as male/father, female/mother and children. Saggers and Sims (2005), state that the…

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