Who are the families that make up Australia’s whitest families?
People who live in whitest Australian families may have more than just a white father and a white mother.
The average age of the children of white Australian families is 30, according to new research from the Australian National University.
In contrast, for Indigenous people, the average age is 31.
This difference can be due to the higher number of children in Indigenous families, and the higher numbers of Indigenous people living in urban and regional areas, the researchers found.
Read more: The research also found that Aboriginal people had an average age that was 27, while people of mixed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent had an age that varied from 21 to 32.
The findings are based on a survey of 5,567 Australians in 2011.
The researchers compared white Australian and Indigenous families with white Australian, mixed Aboriginal, and Torres St Lucian families.
“These are the kinds of patterns that are seen in Australia’s diverse population,” Dr Andrew McWilliams, one of the study’s authors, said.
“They are very well represented in white Australian households, they are more prevalent in Indigenous households, and they are less likely to be mixed with other ethnic groups.”
The study found that the average white Australian family has a median age of 34.
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders had the lowest average age, at 27.
The results of the survey showed that people of Indigenous descent were also much more likely to live in white families.
The median age for Indigenous Australians was 24, compared with 29 for white Australians and 27 for Indigenous.
Indigenous Australians were less likely than white Australians to be married, in a non-monogamous relationship or in a same-sex relationship.
“We know that people with mixed heritage are more likely than others to live with multiple partners,” Dr McWilliams said.
The authors also found there was a strong correlation between white Australians having more than one parent.
For example, in 2010, 21 per cent of white Australians had more than two parents, compared to 13 per cent for Indigenous and 5 per cent each for mixed and non-indigenous people.
“There are some families where the parents are both white and the child is mixed,” Dr McGowan said.
People living in white Australia are more than twice as likely to have a spouse who is white, compared, for example, to people in mixed Australian families.
In fact, if you look at all families, people living as white in Australia are nearly twice as more likely as people living predominantly in Indigenous and Torres Straits Islander communities to have more children than their peers in the other ethnicities.
For the Australian Bureau of Statistics, people with at least one white parent have a 3.1-fold higher chance of having at least two children than people with a mixed parent.