Australian Bureau of Statistics
3310.0 - Marriages and Divorces, Australia, 2009 Quality Declaration
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 03/12/2010
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Statistics presented in Marriages and Divorces, Australia, 2009 (cat. no. 3310.0) are sourced from registers administered by the various State and Territory Registrars of Births, Deaths and Marriages, and the Family Court of Australia. It is a legal requirement of each State and Territory that all marriages are registered. The Family Court of Australia was created by the Family Law Act 1975.
Divorce statistics provide information on divorces granted in Australia for the reference year. Key indicators of national and State divorces are based on the location of the court granting divorce. Under the Family Law Act 1975, the irretrievable breakdown of marriage is the only ground on which a divorce is granted. This ground is established by the husband and wife having lived apart for 12 months or more, and there being no reasonable likelihood of reconciliation. Applications for nullity of a marriage under Family Law legislation must be on the ground that the marriage is void because of failure to meet a legal requirement such as that neither party be already lawfully married to another person. There is no provision for judicial separation under Family Law legislation.
Marriages and Divorces, Australia is produced annually. From 2008, this product replaces the annual publications Marriages, Australia (cat. no. 3306.0.55.001) and Divorces, Australia (cat. no. 3307.0.55.001).
Divorce statistics are produced from data collected by the Family Court of Australia; all couples granted divorce (decree made absolute) during the year are included. Information from the collection is released approximately ten months after the reference period.
Non-sample errors are the main influence on accuracy in datasets such as these which are a complete census of the population rather than a sample. Non-sample error arises from inaccuracies in collecting, recording and processing the data. The most significant of these errors are: misreporting of data items; deficiencies in coverage; non-response to particular questions; and processing errors. Every effort is made to minimise error by working closely with data providers, the careful design of forms, training of processing staff, and efficient data processing procedures.
Use of the supporting documentation released with the statistics is important for assessing coherence within the dataset and when comparing the statistics with data from other sources. The Explanatory Notes in each issue contains information pertinent to this particular release which may impact on comparison over time.
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