Registered Marital Status (MSTP)
This variable records an individual's current status in regard to a registered marriage, i.e. whether he/she is widowed, divorced, separated, married or has never married. The partners in a registered marriage must be of the opposite sex as same-sex relationships cannot be registered as marriages in Australia. Registered Marital Status (MSTP) is coded from Question 6 and is imputed if no response is provided. The variable Imputation Flag for Registered Marital Status (IFMSTP) is used to indicate if a person's marital status has been imputed for the Census.
A question on registered marital status has been asked in all Australian censuses. In all censuses since 1986 this question provided responses for the categories:
Marital status is applicable to people aged 15 years and over. Note that the category 'married' was called 'now married' in censuses prior to 1986.
- Never married;
- Separated but not divorced;
- Divorced; and
See also Derivations and imputations, Marital status, Married registered, Social Marital Status (MDCP).