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3310.0 - Marriages and Divorces, Australia, 2010 Quality Declaration 
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Contents >> Divorces >> STATE AND TERRITORY DATA

STATE AND TERRITORY DATA

In 2010, the number of divorces granted in all States and Territories increased compared with 2009, with the largest increases occurring in Queensland (244, or 2.2%) and Victoria (208, or 1.7%).

2.9 NUMBER OF DIVORCES, by Jurisdiction(a) - Selected years - 1990-2010

NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT
ACT
Aust.

1990
12 414
10 406
8 509
4 066
3 845
1 170
421
1 804
42 635
2000
14 756
12 401
10 092
4 036
5 276
1 329
455
1 561
49 906
2004
15 007
12 544
13 279
4 147
4 337
1 404
434
1 595
52 747
2005
15 172
12 512
12 383
3 669
5 265
1 346
470
1 582
52 399
2006
14 482
12 110
12 175
3 913
5 544
1 233
426
1 491
51 375
2007
13 726
11 833
11 058
3 534
4 932
1 127
417
1 333
47 963
2008
13 914
11 623
10 615
3 466
4 718
1 154
367
1 351
47 209
2009
14 617
12 160
11 174
3 663
4 767
1 215
433
1 419
49 448
2010
14 655
12 368
11 418
3 849
4 835
1 257
429
1 429
50 240

(a) Divorces are presented by the state or territory where the court granting divorce was located, rather than the state of usual residence of the applicants. The ABS advises caution in the interpretation and comparison of data at a state or territory level. See Explanatory Notes 26-31 for more information.


Queensland and Tasmania had the highest crude divorce rate with 2.5 divorces per 1,000 estimated resident population, while the Northern Territory had the lowest divorce rate at 1.9.

Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory reported the highest proportion of all divorces which involved children at 52.7% and 52.5% respectively. New South Wales (47.6%) and the Northern Territory (48.0%) had the lowest proportion of divorces involving children.

The highest median age at divorce for both males and females was in Tasmania with 46.1 years for males and 43.2 years for females. New South Wales had the lowest median ages at divorce (43.7 years for males and 40.7 years for females).

Median length of marriage prior to divorce was highest in Tasmania (14.8 years), while New South Wales had the shortest median length of marriage to divorce (11.3 years).

In 2010, New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia, Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory all recorded more joint applications for divorce than male or female only applications.

2.10 SELECTED DIVORCE INDICATORS, States and territories(a) - 2010

NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT
ACT(b)
Aust.(c)

Divorces granted no.
14 655
12 368
11 418
3 849
4 835
1 257
429
1 429
50 240
Crude divorce rate(d)
2.0
2.2
2.5
2.3
2.1
2.5
1.9
na
2.3
Divorces involving children(e)
Proportion of all divorces %
47.6
48.1
51.8
51.2
50.0
52.7
48.0
52.5
49.5
Average number of children per divorce(f) no.
1.8
1.9
1.9
1.9
1.9
1.9
2.0
2.0
1.9
Median age at divorce
Males years
43.7
44.1
44.8
44.9
45.1
46.1
45.3
44.5
44.4
Females years
40.7
41.5
41.8
42.3
42.2
43.2
41.2
41.6
41.5
Median length of marriage
To separation years
7.9
8.8
9.1
9.9
9.3
10.7
8.7
9.9
8.8
To divorce years
11.3
12.2
12.7
13.5
13.2
14.8
12.5
13.3
12.3
Applicant(g)
Male no.
3 863
3 399
2 909
1 011
1 200
340
130
363
13 215
Female no.
5 094
4 744
4 106
1 493
1 525
556
115
450
18 083
Joint no.
5 698
4 224
4 403
1 345
2 110
361
184
616
18 941

na not available
(a) Divorces are presented by the state/territory location of the court granting divorce rather than usual residence, and as such caution should be taken in comparing divorce numbers with the populations of each state/territory. See Explanatory Notes 26-31 for more information.
(b) Rates for the Australian Capital Territory are not published due to the high proportion of applicants from south-eastern New South Wales and Victoria who apply for divorce through Australian Capital Territory courts. See Explanatory Note 28 for more information.
(c) The total may be greater than the sum of its components as it includes divorces granted where the state/territory of registration was not available.
(d) Per 1,000 estimated resident population at 30 June. See Glossary and Explanatory Notes 26 and 31 for more information.
(e) Unmarried children of the marriage who were aged under 18 years at the time of application for divorce. See Glossary for more information.
(f) Excludes divorces not involving children.
(g) Excludes divorces where type of applicant is not stated.



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