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Previous research finds that…

  • The crude marriage rate has mostly fallen from 1972 onwards, with the lowest rate (5.3) occurring in 2001.  Since this time, the rate has fluctuated between 5.4 and 5.5 marriages per 1000 people in the resident population.
  • The median age at marriage for males in 2017 was 32.0 years, an increase from 26.7 years of age in 1984. The median age at marriage for females in 2017 was 30.1 years compared with 24.2 years of age in 1984.
  • The majority of marriages continue to be overseen by civil celebrants. The proportion of marriage ceremonies overseen by a civil celebrant increased to 78.0 per cent of all marriages in 2017 compared with 39.6 per cent in 1984.

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