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3310.0 - Marriages and Divorces, Australia, 2011  
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The crude marriage rate represents the number of marriages registered during a calendar year per 1,000 estimated resident population at 30 June of the same year. For more information on the calculation of the crude marriage rate refer to the Glossary and Explanatory Notes 32 and 38-40.

1.2 Crude marriage rates, Australia - 1991-2011
Graph: 1.2 Crude marriage rates, Australia—1991–2011

Although the number of marriages is now the highest recorded, the population has also increased substantially over time. As a result, the crude marriage rate is now lower than it was 20 years ago.

In 2011, the crude marriage rate was 5.4 marriages per 1,000 estimated resident population, compared with 7.6 marriages per 1,000 estimated resident population in 1991.

Between 1991 and 2001, the crude marriage rate declined from 7.6 to 5.3. Since 2001, the crude marriage rate has remained relatively steady.

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