AIHW (2018) Teenage mothers in Australia 2015, AIHW, Australian Government.
Indicator technical specifications
The information below provides technical specifications for the summary indicator data presented in the quick reference guide.
National Framework Indicator 0.3 Teenage births: Age-specific birth rate for women aged 15-19 years
Number of live births to women aged less than 20 years in the reference period
|AIHW National Perinatal Data Collection
||Female estimated resident population aged 15-19 years at 30 June
||AIHW National Perinatal Data Collection
The indicator numerator reflects the number of births, not the number of mothers. Some mothers may have had multiple births during the reference period.
Mother’s age is at the time of birth. Due to the small number of births occurring among women aged less than 15 years, births to mothers aged under 15 years are included in the numerator but not the denominator.
The teenage birth rate is distinct from the teenage pregnancy rate. The birth rate includes only live births and is therefore lower than the pregnancy rate, which would include stillbirths, miscarriages and terminations.