Marriage & Divorce Statistics

Family law — Latest Australian Bureau of Statistic figures on marriages and divorces granted in 2006 (released on 29 November 2017)

  • There were 118,401 marriages and 46,604 divorces with divorces declining in the past  20 years
  • The age of those marrying for the first time has risen over the past 20 years and marriages are lasting longer with the median age grooms being 31.9 years (27.6 in 1996) and brides being 29.9 years (25.7 in 1996).
  • 80% of all marriages occur following a period of cohabitation, an increase of over 16% over the last two decades
  • Civil ceremonies are on the rise with the number of religious marriage ceremonies declining over the past 20 years with civil celebrants now perform 76.4% of all registered ceremonies
  • Relationship registers have continued to grow as an alternative to marriage, with 10.8% of all relationships now being formalised having doubled in the last 5 years
  • The median duration of a marriage to divorce was 12 years
  • The median age for divorce for males was 45.5 years and female’s 42.9 years  
  • Queensland has the highest divorce rate (2.2 divorces per 1,000 estimated resident population) while the Northern Territory has the lowest (1.3 per 1,000 estimated resident population)
  • Queensland and Western Australia have reported the highest proportion of all divorces involving children, at 49.4 per cent and 48.3 per cent respectively, taking over from the Australian Capital Territory and Tasmania in 2015. New South Wales (44.8 per cent) and Tasmania (45.6 per cent) reported the lowest proportion of divorces involving children

source: Australian Bureau of Statistics


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18 December 2017