Table 1

Descriptive statistics of parents

Sample
(n=411), %
2016 Australian population*
(n=24.4 million), %
Gender†
 Male197 (48.0)50.2
 Female213 (52.0)49.7
State of residence
 New South Wales133 (32.4)32.0
 Victoria103 (25.1)25.6
 Queensland77 (18.7)20.0
 South Australia33 (8.0)7.0
 Western Australia40 (9.7)10.5
 Tasmania10 (2.4)2.1
 Northern Territory33 (8.0)1.0
 Australian Capital Territory11 (2.7)1.7
Age
 18–24 years53 (12.9)9.6
 25–34 years184 (44.8)14.9
 35–44 years130 (31.6)13.6
 45–54 years40 (9.7)13.1
 55–60 years4 (1.0)7.2
Country of birth
 Australia322 (78.3)71.5
 Overseas89 (21.7)28.5
Highest level of completed education
 Secondary school or less84 (20.4)
 Tertiary education327 (79.6)
Baseline vaccination views
 Fixed provaccination89 (21.7)
 Fixed antivaccination9 (2.2)‡1.3
 Susceptible views313 (76.2)
  • *Data source for national averages from Australian Bureau of Statistics.26 27

  • †Excludes one participant that declined to specify gender.

  • ‡Australian population fixed antivaccination views is the percentage of Australian children with reported conscientious objection to vaccines in 2015.29