Marriage in Australia source data

Source data for Family Facts & Figures: Marriages in Australia

Marriage rates

Number of marriages and crude marriage rate, 1901-2013. Data shown in table below.

Data table - Number of marriages and crude marriage rate, 1901-2013
Year Number of marriages Crude marriage rate

Note: Crude marriage rate: Number of marriages 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)

1901 27753 7.3
1905 29004 7.2
1910 36592 8.4
1915 45224 9.1
1920 51552 9.6
1925 46899 7.8
1930 43255 6.7
1931 38882 6
1932 43634 6.6
1933 46595 7
1934 51465 7.7
1935 56826 8.4
1936 58709 8.7
1937 59448 8.7
1938 62411 9
1939 64249 9.2
1940 77889 11.1
1941 75148 10.6
1942 86060 12
1943 67673 9.4
1944 68201 9.3
1945 62822 8.5
1946 79496 10.6
1947 76457 10.1
1948 74902 9.7
1949 72999 9.2
1950 75599 9.2
1951 77298 9.2
1952 74172 8.6
1953 70640 8
1954 71229 7.9
1955 72172 7.8
1960 75428 7.3
1961 76686 7.3
1962 79090 7.4
1963 80916 7.4
1964 86013 7.7
1965 93546 8.2
1966 96061 8.3
1967 100000 8.5
1968 106345 8.8
1969 112470 9.2
1970 116066 9.3
1971 117637 9.2
1972 114029 8.6
1973 112700 8.4
1974 110673 8.1
1975 103973 7.5
1976 109973 7.9
1977 104918 7.4
1978 102958 7.2
1979 104396 7.2
1980 109240 7.4
1981 113905 7.6
1982 117275 7.7
1983 114860 7.5
1984 108655 7.0
1985 115493 7.3
1986 114913 7.2
1987 114113 7.0
1988 116816 7.1
1989 117176 7.0
1990 116959 6.9
1991 113869 6.6
1992 114752 6.6
1993 113255 6.4
1994 111174 6.2
1995 109386 6.1
1996 106103 5.8
1997 106735 5.8
1998 110598 5.9
1999 114316 6.0
2000 113429 5.9
2001 103130 5.3
2002 105435 5.4
2003 106394 5.4
2004 110958 5.5
2005 109323 5.4
2006 114222 5.5
2007 116322 5.5
2008 118756 5.5
2009 120118 5.5
2010 121176 5.4
2011 121752 5.4
2012 123244 5.4
2013 118962 5.1

Median age for first time marriages

Median age of men and women at first marriage, 1940-2013. Data shown in table below.

Data table - Median age at first marriage 1940-2013
Year Men Women

Sources: ABS (various years) Marriages and Divorces Australia (Catalogue no. 3310.0); ABS (1997) Australian Social Trends (Catalogue No. 4102.0); ABS Unpublished data.

1940 26.5 23.7
1965 23.9 21.2
1971 23.4 21.1
1974 23.3 20.9
1976 23.6 21.2
1979 24.1 21.7
1980 24.2 21.9
1981 24.4 22.1
1982 24.6 22.4
1983 24.9 22.7
1984 25.1 22.9
1985 25.4 23.2
1989 26.3 24.2
1990 26.5 24.3
1991 26.7 24.5
1992 26.9 24.7
1993 27.0 24.8
1994 27.2 25.1
1995 27.3 25.3
1996 27.6 25.7
1997 27.8 25.9
1998 27.9 26.2
1999 28.2 26.4
2000 28.5 26.7
2001 28.7 26.9
2002 29.0 27.1
2003 29.2 27.3
2004 29.4 27.5
2005 29.5 27.6
2006 29.6 27.6
2007 29.6 27.6
2008 29.6 27.7
2011 29.7 28.0
2012 29.8 28.1
2013 29.9 28.3

Marriage preceded by cohabitation

Proportion of marriages preceded by cohabitation, 1975-2013. Data shown in table below.

Data table - Proportion of marriages preceded by cohabitation, 1975-2013.
Year Percent

Note: Victorian data on premarital cohabitation from 2012 were calculated from a weighted sample and thus care should be taken in interpreting premarital cohabitation trends from 2012.
Sources: ABS (various years) Marriages and Divorces Australia (Catalogue no. 3310.0)

1975 16.0
1979 23.0
1984 38.4
1989 43.8
1992 56.3
1995 56.3
1997 64.7
1998 67.2
1999 68.9
2000 71.3
2001 72.0
2002 73.1
2003 74.5
2004 75.5
2005 75.9
2006 76.1
2007 76.8
2008 77.7
2009 77.4
2010 78.6
2011 78.2
2012 77.6
2013 76.6

Marriage celebrants

Marriage celebrants, 1902-2013. Data shown in table below.

Data table - Marriage celebrants, 1902-2013 (selected years)
Year Ministers of religion Civil celebrants

a. In 2013 data, a small number of marriages did not have the information of rite and thus the percentage sum is not 100%.
Sources: ABS (various years) Marriages and Divorces Australia (Catalogue no. 3310.0); Commonwealth Bureau of Census and Statistics (various years); Australian Demography Bulletin (ABS Catalogue No. 3140.0)

1902 96.5 3.5
1905 96.9 3.2
1908 97.4 2.6
1910 97.2 2.8
1917 96.0 4.0
1927 93.4 6.6
1937 91.8 8.2
1947 90.8 9.2
1957 88.8 11.2
1967 89.3 10.7
1977 67.6 32.4
1981 62.4 37.6
1984 60.4 39.6
1987 59.7 40.3
1989 57.8 42.2
1990 57.9 42.1
1991 58.7 41.3
1992 58.2 41.8
1993 57.9 42.1
1994 56.9 43.1
1996 53.2 46.8
1997 52.3 47.7
1998 50.5 49.5
1999 48.7 51.3
2000 47.2 52.8
2001 46.9 53.1
2002 45.0 55.0
2003 43.4 56.6
2004 41.3 58.7
2005 40.4 59.6
2006 38.6 61.4
2007 37.0 62.9
2008 35.0 65.0
2009 33.1 66.9
2010 30.7 69.2
2011 29.9 70.1
2012 28.1 71.9
2013a 27.4 72.5

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