3106.0 - Demography News, Sep 2001  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 28/09/2001   
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If the registered marriage, remarriage, widowing, divorce and mortality rates for 1997-1999 were to continue into the future, of the life span of 76 years for men, 42 years would be spent as never married, 28 years as married, 2 years as widowed and 5 years as divorced. For women, in a life span of 82 years, the equivalent figures are 40 years as never married, 29 years as married, 6 years as widowed and 7 years as divorced.

Comparing babies born in 1985-1987 and 1997-1999 the average life expectancy at birth increased by nearly 4 years for men and 3 years for women. The average life likely to be spent as never married increased by 6 years for men and 8 years for women. Life likely to be spent married decreased by 4 years for men and 5 years for women. Life span likely to be spent as widowed decreased by less than one year for men and by 2 years for women and that spent as divorced increased by 2 years for both men and women over the same period.

Further information is available in Marriages and Divorces, Australia, 2000 (Cat. no. 3310.0) released on 23 August 2001.