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3310.0 - Marriages and Divorces, Australia, 2009 Quality Declaration 
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Contents >> Divorces >> State and Territory data

STATE AND TERRITORY DATA

Divorce statistics in this publication 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 of data at a State or Territory level as applicants for divorce may apply through their nearest court rather than a court in their State or Territory of usual residence. Refer to Explanatory Notes 26-31 for more information.

In 2009 the number of divorces granted in all States and Territories increased compared with 2008, with the largest increase occurring in New South Wales by 703 (5.1%) to 14,617, Victoria by 537 (4.6%) to 12,160, and Queensland by 559 (5.3%) to 11,174.

2.9 NUMBER OF DIVORCES, by jurisdiction - Selected years - 1989-2009

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

1989
12 743
10 253
7 123
3 740
4 089
1 269
262
1 346
41 383
1999
15 470
12 742
11 467
4 301
5 301
1 391
409
1 485
52 566
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



Queensland 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 South Australia had the highest proportion of all divorces which involved children at 56.5% and 51.8% respectively, while Western Australia (44.5%) and New South Wales (47.6%) had the lowest proportion of divorces involving children.

Western Australia had the highest median age at divorce for both males and females at 45.5 years and 42.6 years respectively, while Northern Territory had the lowest median ages at divorce (43.2 years for males and 39.9 years for females).

Tasmania had the highest median length of marriage prior to divorce (13.5 years), while Northern Territory had the shortest median length of marriage to divorce (10.3 years).

In 2009, 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) - 2009

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

Divorces granted no.
14 617
12 160
11 174
3 663
4 767
1 215
433
1 419
49 448
Crude divorce rate(c)
2.0
2.2
2.5
2.3
2.1
2.4
1.9
4.0
2.3
Divorces involving children - Proportion of all divorces(d) %
47.6
48.8
51.3
51.8
44.5
56.5
50.8
51.0
49.1
Average number of children per divorce(e) no.
1.85
1.84
1.90
1.89
1.85
1.89
1.73
1.85
1.86
Median age at divorce
Males years
43.8
44.2
44.8
45.3
45.5
44.6
43.2
44.8
44.4
Females years
40.7
41.4
41.9
42.5
42.6
42.1
39.9
41.6
41.5
Median length of marriage
To separation years
7.8
8.8
9.0
9.7
9.4
10.0
6.7
9.6
8.7
To divorce years
11.2
12.5
12.9
13.4
13.3
13.5
10.3
13.0
12.3
Applicant(f)
Male no.
3 888
3 491
2 912
974
1 154
341
113
363
13 236
Female no.
5 293
4 768
4 049
1 474
1 446
522
133
464
18 149
Joint no.
5 436
3 901
4 213
1 215
2 167
352
187
592
18 063

(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) 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.
(c) Per 1,000 estimated resident population at 30 June. See Glossary and Explanatory Notes 33 and 39-41 for more information.
(d) Unmarried children of the marriage who were aged under 18 years at the time of application for divorce. See Glossary for more information.
(e) Excludes divorces not involving children.
(f) Excludes divorces where type of applicant is not stated.



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