More saying ‘I do’ and for the second time, too
IN 2014, there were 121,197 marriages registered in Australia, an increase of 2238 (1.9%) from the 118,959 marriages registered in 2013. The crude marriage rate also increased from 5.1 to 5.2 marriages per 1000 estimated resident population.
The median age of males and females at marriage was 31.5 and 29.6 years respectively in 2014.
The median age at marriage for males has remained steady at 31.5, while the median age for females has increased by 0.1 years since 2013.
The proportion of marriage ceremonies performed by civil celebrants continued to rise in 2014, with civil celebrants performing 74.1% of all registered marriage ceremonies, an increase from 72.5% in 2013.
Couples who lived together before marriage accounted for 79.4% of all marriages registered in 2014, an increase from 76.6% recorded in 2013.
Marriages where both partners were marrying for the first time accounted for 72.5% of all marriage in 2014.
The number of marriages where one partner was marrying for the first time decreased by 0.3 percentage points to 16.0% in 2014, while the proportion of remarriages for both partners increased from 11.4% in 2013 to 11.5% in 2014.
In 2014, 54.5% of couples married were both born in Australia, 31.7% were born in different countries, and 13.3% were born in the same overseas country.