Celebrate marriage by participating in Marriage Week, running from 8 - 14 September 2013. 

Marriage Week is an annual celebration reinforcing and promoting the benefits and importance of marriage. It also aims to increase awareness of the value of pre-marriage and in-marriage education.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) recently released figures pertaining to marriage and divorce in Australia in 2011, which reinforce the need to strengthen the institution of marriage through pre-marriage and in-marriage education and support.



On MARRIAGE, it was found that:

  • There were 121,752 marriages registered in Australia, an increase of 0.5% on 2010

  • The crude marriage rate is unchanged from 2010, remaining at 5.4 marriages per 1,000 estimated resident population

  • For 78.2% of all marriages registered in 2011, couples had lived together prior to marriage

  • In 71.3% of all marriages bother partners married for the first time

  • The percentage of marriages undertaken by civil celebrants rose, nearly a full percentage point to 79.1%

  • Approximately 79% of those getting married were in the age group of 25 to 34

On DIVORCE, it was found that:

  • Divorce was down 2.6% at 48,935 divorces

  • 23,619 divorces involved children under 18 years of age (43,867 children)

  • The median duration of marriage to divorce is 12.2 years

To find out more about Marriage Week, and what you can do, visit the official website.