Australia’s fertility rate has fallen to an all-time low despite a record number of babies being born.
Figures compiled by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on Wednesday showed that through 2018 there were 315,417 births registered across the country. It was an increase of 1.9 per cent or 6000 births through the nation’s maternity wards on 2017.
A third of the babies were registered in NSW while Victoria accounted for 79,675.
In Western Australia, the number of births registered tumbled to 33,257, its lowest result since 2010. There was also a sharp drop in the nation’s capital, down by almost 13 per cent after a particularly fecund 2016.