3106.0 - Demography News, Jan 2004  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 11/02/2004   
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CIVIL CELEBRANTS ARE MORE POPULAR THAN EVER

People are more likely to be married by a civil celebrant than ever. Over the past twenty years, the proportion of marriages performed by civil celebrants has steadily increased. In 1982, 39% of marriages were performed by civil celebrants. In 2002, civil celebrants performed 55% of all registered marriages.

In 2002, 105,400 marriages were registered in Australia, 2% more than the twenty year low of 2001 (103,100). The number registered in 2002 was still less than in 1992 (114,800) and 1982 (117,300).

The Marriages and Divorces, Australia, 2002 (cat. no. 3310.0) publication was released on 26 November 2003. Divorce data are not yet available for 2002. This data will be released via the ABS web site when available in 2004.

For more information please contact Olivia Agius on (02) 6252 6573 or olivia.agius@abs.gov.au