Under the Marriage Act 1961 (Cwlth), a marriage may be celebrated by a minister of religion registered as an authorised celebrant, by a district registrar or by other persons authorised by the Attorney-General. Notice of the intended marriage must be given to the celebrant at least one calendar month but within six calendar months before the marriage. A celebrant must transmit an official certificate of the marriage for registration in the State or Territory in which the marriage took place.
There were 2,644 marriages registered in Tasmania during 2005. This is almost unchanged from the number registered in 2004 (2,648). The median age at marriage in 2005 for both bridegroom (33.0 years) and bride (30.4 years) has increased since 2000.
MARRIAGE, Selected Summary Measures, Tasmania
Median age at marriage
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(a) The crude marriage rate is the number of marriages registered during the calendar year per 1,000 estimated resident population at 30 June. In the interpretation of this rate, it must be kept in mind that a large and varying proportion of the population used in the denominator is below the minimum age of marriage or is already married.
Source: Australian Historical Population Statistics (cat. no. 3105.0.65.001); and Marriages, Australia (cat. no. 3306.0.55.001).