Marriage and divorce statistics provide insights into the formation and dissolution of family units within Australia. In most years changes in these statistics are minimal, highlighting gradual changes in the age at which people seek to marry for the first time, whether they would want a civil or religious ceremony or whether they might instead opt for simply registering a relationship. 2020 has been a year of exceptions, making information on 2020 marriages of increased public interest.
On 11 March 2020 the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. Over the following weeks, measures to suppress the spread of the virus were progressively implemented in Australia. Social distancing requirements, size limits on gatherings, and restrictions on travel are all factors that would have forced couples to reconsider their wedding plans.
This article provides provisional statistics on Australian marriages that occurred in the first half of 2020. Data presented in this article include those marriages that occurred between January and June 2020 and were registered by the end of August 2020.