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3310.0 - Marriages and Divorces, Australia, 2009 Quality Declaration 
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STATE AND TERRITORY DATA

Marriage statistics in this publication are presented by the State or Territory where the marriage was registered, rather than the State of usual residence of the couple. For this reason, the ABS advises caution in the interpretation of data at a State or Territory level as couples may choose to marry outside their State or Territory of usual residence. Refer to Explanatory Notes 24-25 for more information.

1.13 Number of marriages, by jurisdiction(a), Selected years, 1989-2009

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

1989
41 300
30 624
19 088
9 776
10 739
3 111
778
1 760
117 176
1999
41 016
27 252
22 416
8 237
10 197
2 499
885
1 814
114 316
2005
35 927
25 266
24 303
7 630
11 124
2 644
774
1 655
109 323
2006
38 071
26 564
25 043
7 841
11 602
2 664
799
1 638
114 222
2007
37 982
26 967
25 808
8 095
12 290
2 791
779
1 610
116 322
2008
39 137
27 089
26 803
8 046
12 367
2 685
955
1 674
118 756
2009
40 516
27 750
26 342
8 208
12 184
2 637
919
1 562
120 118

(a) Care should be taken in interpreting these figures as marriage data is by state of registration rather than usual residence. See Explanatory Notes 24-25 for further information.


In 2009, the greatest increases in the number of marriages registered were in New South Wales (up by 1,379, 3.5%) and Victoria (up by 661, 2.4%). The largest decreases were in Queensland (down by 461, or 1.7%) and Western Australia (down by 183, or 1.5%).

Queensland recorded the highest crude marriage rate in 2009 (6.0 marriages per 1,000 estimated population), whilst the Northern Territory had the lowest crude marriage rate, with 4.1 marriages per 1,000 estimated population.

Marriages performed by ministers of religion as a proportion of all marriages in 2009 were highest in the Australian Capital Territory (37.4%) and lowest in the Northern Territory (26.0%).

In 2009, the proportion of marriages where couples lived together prior to marriage was lowest in New South Wales (69.8%) and highest in Tasmania (85.5%).

1.14 Selected marriage indicators(a), States and Territories of registration(b) - 2009

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

Marriages registered no.
40 516
27 750
26 342
8 208
12 184
2 637
919
1 562
120 118
Crude marriage rate(c)
5.7
5.1
6.0
5.1
5.4
5.2
4.1
4.4
5.5
Median age at marriage
Males years
31.3
31.4
31.8
31.8
32.2
32.9
33.3
31.2
31.5
Females years
28.8
29.3
29.4
29.3
29.6
30.2
30.5
29.1
29.2
Previous marital status
First marriage both partners no.
29 345
20 205
17 817
5 696
8 347
1 675
605
1 090
84 780
First marriage one partner no.
6 553
4 401
4 697
1 377
2 122
494
200
263
20 107
Remarriage both partners no.
4 618
3 144
3 828
1 135
1 715
468
114
209
15 231
Marriage Celebrants
Ministers of religion(d)
Number of marriages no.
15 077
9 319
7 351
2 883
3 543
744
239
584
39 740
Proportion of marriages %
37.2
33.6
27.9
35.1
29.1
28.2
26.0
37.4
33.1
Civil celebrants
Number of marriages no.
25 419
18 421
18 987
5 325
8 639
1 892
679
978
80 340
Proportion of marriages %
62.7
66.4
72.1
64.9
70.9
71.7
73.9
62.6
66.9
Relative birthplace of male and female(e)
Both born in Australia no.
21 992
15 821
16 551
5 548
6 117
2 039
577
998
69 643
Both born in the same overseas country no.
6 324
3 902
2 006
556
1 202
66
48
106
14 210
Born in different countries no.
12 188
8 011
7 783
2 104
4 818
529
294
458
36 185
Couples living together prior to marriage
Number of marriages no.
28 286
21 355
22 317
6 631
10 078
2 255
777
1 279
92 978
Proportion of marriages %
69.8
77.0
84.7
80.8
82.7
85.5
84.5
81.9
77.4

(a) See Glossary for definitions of terms used.
(b) By state or territory where marriage is registered. See Explanatory Note 24-25 for further details.
(c) Marriages per 1,000 estimated resident population at 30 June. See Explanatory Note 33 and 39-41 for further information.
(d) Excludes marriages where the rite is not stated. Registers of ministers of religion are maintained by states and territories under the authority of the Marriage Act 1961. Data on religious marriage rites are classified to the Australian Standard Classification of Religious Groups, 1996 (ASCRG, cat 1266.0).
(e) Excludes marriages where country of birth of one or both partners is not stated.



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