While the rate of marriages registered in Australia each year has remained relatively stable in recent years, Australians have been marrying at an older age, and delaying having their first child until later in life.
De facto relationships were most common amongst younger people, with one fifth (22%) of people aged 20-29 years living in these relationships, compared with nearly one tenth (9.4%) of people aged 40-49 years.
The proportion of people aged 20-29 years living in a de facto relationship has doubled since 1992, where one tenth (10%) were living in one of these relationships.
The rate for people aged 40-49 years has also nearly doubled (up from 4.7%) during this time.
CONTENTS Article -Introduction -How many marriages? month and day of marriage in Australia -Marriage and divorce across the states and territories -International comparisons Explanatory Information -Data sources and definitions -Endnotes Source(s): ABS 2010 Marriages and Divorces, Australia (cat. 3310.0); ABS 2008 Australian Historical Population Statistics (cat. 3105.0.65.001); ABS Australian Demographic Statistics Quarterly (cat. 3101.0)Related terms Marriage, Marriage statistics, Divorce, Divorce rates, Divorce statistics, Crude divorce rate, Wedding ceremony, Relationship, De facto relationship, Cohabitation before marriage, Separation, Religious marriage ceremony, Civil marriage ceremony, Effects of divorce , Age at first marriage, Marriage trends, Divorce trends, Family Law Act, Marriage Act, Family characteristics, Children INTRODUCTION Families are the building blocks of society, facilitating generational renewal, human interaction, and linking individuals to wider society as a whole.
-Divorce and children -Looking ahead Additional Topics -Save the date...
Relationships are closely linked with wellbeing, with families playing a key role in socialising children and shaping the future of society.
Changing patterns in divorce and cohabitation over recent decades have resulted in differences in family structure; however families still remain a basic unit in society.
There were 121,000 marriages registered in 2010, the most recorded in a single year in Australia, and slightly more than the 120,000 marriages registered in 2009.
Of the registered marriages in 2010, 31% were religious ceremonies, down from 58% in 1990.
In contrast, in 2010, 69% of marriage ceremonies were conducted by civil celebrants, up from 42% in 1990.
Living together In 2009-10, 11% (1.9 million) of Australians aged 18 years and over were living in a de facto relationship, while 53% were in a registered marriage.