The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is the official government records body at the federal level. The ABS records the number of births in Australia per month. In Australia in Dec 2021, births were down 71% compared to Dec 2020, and in Western Australia births were down 79%.
The November 2021 births were also down in Australia (18%) and in Western Australia (17%) compared to their respective November 2020 data. A 17-18% decline in births in one month is still catastrophic in a population. Some may argue that it’s “pandemic stress” but given that during the Blitz in the UK (1940-1941) when the Luftwaffe was levelling the country births only dropped 3% (1940) and 4% (1941) relative to 1939.