Divorce in Australia source data

Source data for Family Facts & Figures: Divorce in Australia

Divorce rates

Number of divorces and crude divorce rate, 1901-2013. Data shown in table below.

Data table - Number of divorces and crude divorce rate, 1901-2012 (selected years)
Year Number of divorces Crude divorce rate

Note: Crude divorce rate: Number of divorces per 1,000 of estimated resident population at June for each reference year.
Sources: ABS (various years) Marriages and Divorces Australia (Catalogue No. 3310.0); ABS (various years) Divorces Australia (Catalogue No. 3307.0, 3307.0.55.001).

1901 398 0.1
1905 353 0.1
1910 468 0.1
1915 682 0.1
1920 1,148 0.2
1925 1,888 0.3
1930 1,761 0.3
1935 2,424 0.4
1940 3,242 0.5
1945 7,213 1.0
1947 8,705 1.1
1950 7,358 0.9
1955 6,724 0.7
1960 6,633 0.6
1965 8,491 0.7
1970 12,198 1.0
1975 24,307 1.8
1976 63,230 4.6
1980 39,258 2.7
1981 41,412 2.8
1985 39,830 2.5
1990 42,635 2.5
1995 49,742 2.8
2000 49,906 2.6
2001 55,330 2.8
2002 54,004 2.7
2003 53,145 2.7
2004 52,747 2.6
2005 52,399 2.6
2006 51,375 2.5
2007 47,963 2.3
2008 47,209 2.2
2009 49,448 2.3
2010 50,240 2.3
2011 48,935 2.2
2012 49,917 2.2
2013 47,638 2.1

Median age at divorce

 Median age of men and women at divorce, 1971-2013. Data shown in table below.

Data table - Median age at divorce, 1971-2012 (selected years)
Year Husband (years) Wife (years)

Sources: ABS (various years) Marriages and Divorces Australia (Catalogue No. 3310.0); ABS (1980) Social Indicators Australia 1980 (Catalogue No. 4101.0).

1971 37.9 34.4
1975 36.2 33.1
1980 35.3 32.7
1985 37.2 34.4
1990 38.2 35.3
2000 41.4 38.6
2001 41.8 39.1
2002 42.2 39.5
2003 42.6 39.9
2004 43.0 40.3
2005 43.5 40.8
2006 43.9 41.1
2007 44.2 41.3
2008 44.1 41.4
2009 44.4 41.5
2010 44.4 41.5
2011 44.5 41.7
2012 44.6 41.8
2013 44.8 42.2

Age-specific divorce rates, married population, 2011. Data shown in table below.

Data table – Age-specific divorce rates, married population, 2011
 

Men

(per 1,000 married population)

Women

(per 1,000 married population)

Source: ABS (2013) Marriages and Divorces Australia 2012 (Catalogue No. 3310.0).

<25 17.6 20.8
25-29 18.2 18.8
30-34 16.5 16.9
35-39 16.7 17.0
40-44 17.4 17.0
45-49 16.1 15.7
50-54 15.0 12.9
55-59 9.5 6.7
60-64 6.5 4.4
65+ 2.4 1.5
All 11.6 11.6

Divorces involving children

Divorces involving children under age 18 years, 1966-2013. Data shown in table below.

Data table - Divorces involving children under age 18 years, 1966-2012 (selected years)
Year Number of children under 18 years involved Proportion of divorces involving children under 18 years (%)

Sources: ABS (various years) Marriages and Divorces Australia (Catalogue No. 3310.0); ABS (various years) Divorces Australia (Catalogue No. 3307.0, 3307.0.55.001).

1966 12,950 64.5
1975 34,992 67.6
1980 46,836 60.5
1986 45,231 59.7
1990 44,913 55.6
1996 52,455 53.6
2000 49,612 52.7
2005 49,358 49.8
2006 48,396 50.1
2007 44,371 49.3
2008 43,184 48.8
2009 45,195 49.1
2010 46,337 49.5
2011 43,867 48.3
2012 44,834 48.4
2013 41,747 47.4

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