3310.0 - Marriages and Divorces, Australia, 2011  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 30/11/2012   
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In 2011, 98,076 brides (80.6% of all brides) and 96,064 grooms (78.9% of all grooms) had not married previously. The number of brides and grooms marrying for the first time has increased by 19.4% and 23.4% respectively over the past decade.

1.6 Previously never married, Australia - 1991-2011
Graph: 1.6 Previously never married, Australia—1991–2011

Of the 121,752 marriages registered in 2011, 71.3% were between a bride and groom never previously married. A further 16.8% were first marriages for one partner, while 11.9% were remarriages for both partners.

In 2011, 17.9% of brides (21,753) and 19.7% of grooms (23,991), had been previously divorced. The proportion of brides and grooms who had previously been divorced decreased by 0.2 percentage points since 2010.

1.7 Previously divorced, Australia - 1991-2011
Graph: 1.7 Previously divorced, Australia—1991–2011

In 2011, 1,923 brides (1.6% of all brides) and 1,697 grooms (1.4% of all grooms) who registered for marriage, were widowed. This represents an increase of 0.1 percentage points for brides and a decrease of 0.1 percentage points for grooms since 2010. The number and proportion of widowed males and females marrying has decreased over the past 20 years.

1.8 Previously widowed, Australia - 1991-2011
Graph: 1.8 Previously widowed, Australia—1991–2011

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