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1367.5 - Western Australian Statistical Indicators, 2010  
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MARRIAGES AND DIVORCES

MARRIAGES AND DIVORCES, Western Australia - 2009

Selected indicators
Unit
2009
2008
1999

Crude marriage rate(a)
rate
5.4
5.7
5.5
Crude divorce rate(b)
rate
2.1
2.2
2.8
Median age at first marriage
Males
years
29.9
29.9
28.5
Females
years
27.9
27.8
26.5

(a) Number of marriages registered in the calendar year per 1,000 of the estimated resident population at 30 June of that year.
(b) Number of divorces granted in the calendar year per 1,000 of the estimated resident population at 30 June of that year.
Source: Marriages and Divorces, Australia, 2009 (cat. no. 3310.0); Marriages, Australia, 2007 (cat. no 3306.0.55.001).

  • Over the last few decades the median age at first marriage has increased for both sexes, reaching 29.9 years for males and 27.9 years for females in 2009.
  • The crude marriage rate was 5.4 marriages per 1,000 of the estimated resident population in 2009, down from 5.7 in 2008 but only marginally lower than a decade before.
  • The crude divorce rate decreased steadily over the last decade, falling from 2.8 in 1999 to 2.1 in 2009, the lowest rate of the last 20 years.


The following link takes you to the most recent data from the Downloads page of Marriages and Divorces, Australia, 2009 (cat. no. 3310.0).

The second link takes you to earlier data from the Downloads page of Marriages, Australia, 2007 (cat. no. 3306.0.55.001).

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