3310.0 - Marriages and Divorces, Australia, 2009 Quality Declaration 
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AGE-SPECIFIC DIVORCE RATES

Age-specific divorce rates can provide a more detailed picture of the ages at which people are granted a divorce. These rates give an indication of the proportion of all males or females in a particular age group who were granted a divorce per 1,000 estimated resident population of the same age group. More information on the calculation of age-specific divorce rates is provided in the Glossary and Explanatory Notes 34-36 and 46.

The age-specific divorce rates for males in 2009 were highest for the 40 to 44 year age group, at 10.5 divorces per 1,000 estimated resident population. Amongst females, the age-specific divorce rate was highest for the 35 to 39 year age group at 10.8 divorces per 1,000 estimated population. Age-specific divorce rates increased between 2008 and 2009 for males and females aged between 35 and 64 years.

2.5 AGE-SPECIFIC DIVORCE RATES, Australia - Selected years - 1989-2009

Age group (years)
1989
1999
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009

Male

16-24
0.8
0.4
0.3
0.3
0.3
0.3
0.3
25-29
8.9
6.8
4.5
4.2
3.9
3.8
3.7
30-34
12.4
12.9
9.7
9.1
8.3
7.9
7.9
35-39
12.0
13.2
11.7
11.2
10.2
9.9
10.1
40-44
11.0
12.8
12.3
11.6
10.4
10.3
10.5
45-49
9.3
11.2
11.5
11.2
10.2
9.7
10.2
50-54
6.7
9.1
9.4
9.5
8.6
8.6
9.0
55-59
4.6
6.3
7.0
7.0
6.8
6.6
6.8
60-64(a)
1.6
2.1
4.6
4.7
4.6
4.4
4.6
65 and over
na
na
1.7
1.6
1.6
1.6
1.6

Female

16-24
2.5
1.4
0.9
0.9
0.8
0.8
0.8
25-29
12.5
10.8
7.3
7.0
6.4
6.2
6.1
30-34
12.6
14.0
11.7
11.1
9.8
9.5
9.5
35-39
11.5
13.6
12.8
11.9
11.0
10.6
10.8
40-44
10.1
12.2
12.0
11.8
10.7
10.4
10.7
45-49
7.6
9.8
10.2
10.3
9.4
9.1
9.8
50-54
4.9
6.7
7.7
7.5
7.2
7.2
7.3
55-59
2.7
4.0
4.9
5.0
4.7
4.6
4.9
60-64(a)
0.7
0.9
2.9
2.9
2.8
2.7
2.8
65 and over
na
na
0.6
0.6
0.6
0.6
0.6

na not available
(a) For 1989 and 1999, this rate represents a divorce rate for persons aged 60 years and over.






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