1800.0 - Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey, 2017  
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RESULTS FOR WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Response

Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?

Of the eligible Australians in Western Australia (WA) who expressed a view on this question, the majority indicated that the law should be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry, with 801,575 (63.7%) responding Yes and 455,924 (36.3%) responding No. Nearly 8 out of 10 eligible Australians in WA (78.4%) expressed their view.

Response by Federal Electoral Divisions within Western Australia(a)
Federal Electoral Division Yes No Total
no. Yes % no. No % no. %
Brand 51,953 67.1 25,481 32.9 77,434 100
Burt 44,058 57.0 33,275 43.0 77,333 100
Canning 48,486 60.2 32,019 39.8 80,505 100
Cowan 44,388 58.8 31,075 41.2 75,463 100
Curtin 59,638 72.2 22,943 27.8 82,581 100
Durack 39,304 59.2 27,128 40.8 66,432 100
Forrest 51,612 63.8 29,285 36.2 80,897 100
Fremantle 57,541 70.1 24,559 29.9 82,100 100
Hasluck 47,880 62.4 28,836 37.6 76,716 100
Moore 56,690 68.0 26,690 32.0 83,380 100
O'Connor 43,554 56.2 33,987 43.8 77,541 100
Pearce 54,305 63.9 30,699 36.1 85,004 100
Perth 57,510 71.5 22,967 28.5 80,477 100
Stirling 47,225 61.1 30,060 38.9 77,285 100
Swan 49,093 64.7 26,830 35.3 75,923 100
Tangney 48,338 61.6 30,090 38.4 78,428 100
Western Australia (Total) 801,575 63.7 455,924 36.3 1,257,499 100
Australia (Total) 7,817,247 61.6 4,873,987 38.4 12,691,234 100
(a) The Federal Electoral Division boundaries are current as at 24 August 2017.


Participation

1,260,687 (78.4%) eligible Australians in WA participated in the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey.

Females were more likely to respond than males. In WA, 80.9% (651,036) of eligible females and 75.8% (594,054) of eligible males responded to the survey.

In WA, those aged 70 to 74 were the most likely to respond to the survey with 89.1% of eligible Australians in this age group participating. The participation rate was lowest in those aged 25 to 29 at 70.3%.

Participation by Federal Electoral Divisions within Western Australia(a)
Federal Electoral Division Total responding(b) Non-responding Total
no. Total responding(b) % no. Non-responding % no. %
Brand 77,628 76.0 24,466 24.0 102,094 100
Burt 77,502 76.2 24,197 23.8 101,699 100
Canning 80,719 78.5 22,157 21.5 102,876 100
Cowan 75,647 78.0 21,330 22.0 96,977 100
Curtin 82,759 84.0 15,706 16.0 98,465 100
Durack 66,626 67.9 31,428 32.1 98,054 100
Forrest 81,122 78.9 21,752 21.1 102,874 100
Fremantle 82,336 80.6 19,878 19.4 102,214 100
Hasluck 76,946 79.7 19,570 20.3 96,516 100
Moore 83,575 83.2 16,916 16.8 100,491 100
O'Connor 77,775 75.7 24,925 24.3 102,700 100
Pearce 85,213 76.3 26,401 23.7 111,614 100
Perth 80,654 80.5 19,479 19.5 100,133 100
Stirling 77,475 78.4 21,345 21.6 98,820 100
Swan 76,108 77.7 21,857 22.3 97,965 100
Tangney 78,602 84.0 14,926 16.0 93,528 100
Western Australia (Total) 1,260,687 78.4 346,333 21.6 1,607,020 100
Australia (Total) 12,727,920 79.5 3,278,260 20.5 16,006,180 100
(a) The Federal Electoral Division boundaries are current as at 24 August 2017.
(b) Includes response not clear and blank responses.


For more detailed information on response and participation, download the results spreadsheets from the Downloads.

To find out more about the characteristics of New South Wales electoral divisions see Quickstats.

Please note that the Quickstats boundaries are based on the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) not the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) Federal Electoral Division boundaries. For further information please see Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS): Volume 3 - Non ABS Structures, July 2017 (cat. no. 1270.0.55.003)