QUALITY DECLARATION - SUMMARY
For information on the institutional environment of the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), including the legislative obligations of the ABS, financing and governance arrangements, and mechanisms for scrutiny of ABS operations, please see ABS Institutional Environment.
Statistics presented in Marriages, Australia, 2007 (cat. no. 3303.0) are sourced from registers administered by the various state and territory Registrars of Births, Deaths and Marriages. It is a legal requirement of each state and territory, that all marriages are registered.
The marriages collection provides valuable information for the analysis of family formation in Australia. This collection presents at the national and state level, registered marriages by age, previous marital status, country of birth of male and female, type of celebrant and cohabitation prior to marriage. Crude and age-specific marriage rates are also provided.
Marriages, Australia is produced annually from data collected by the ABS from the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages in each state and territory. Information from the collection is released approximately eight months after the reference period.
Non-sample errors are the main influence on accuracy in datasets such as this 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.
Marriages, Australia contains detailed Explanatory Notes, Appendices and Glossary that provide information on the data sources, terminology, classifications and other technical aspects associated with these statistics.
In addition to the information provided in this publication, a series of data cubes are also available providing detailed information on marriages. If the information you require is not available from the publication or the data cubes, then the ABS may also have other relevant data available on request. Inquiries should be made to the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org