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Median age of first time marriages in Australia 1997-2018 by gender

The average age at which Australians got married for the first time increased for both men and women between 1997 and 2018. As of 2018, males who married for the first time were on average 30.7 years old, while females were on average slightly younger at 29.2 years old.

Wedding bells chime

The most popular months to get married in 2017 were October and November, with many Australians opting to have their wedding in spring. In fact, over 20 percent of couples chose their wedding date based on a preference for a specific season.

In 2017, amendments to the Marriage Act meant that same-sex couples in Australia could also get legally married. This may change marriage figures in the years immediately following, with many long-term same-sex couples choosing to get married with this law change.

Happily ever after?

While the average age of first marriages has increased, the number of Australians tying the knot has decreased, with the crude marriage rate decreasing continuously across the country. The divorce rate has decreased over the years, largely related to the reduction in the number of marriages overall. In 2017, almost half of all divorces in Australia involved children; this share has not changed significantly over the past five years.

Median age of first time marriages in Australia from 1997 to 2018, by gender

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Release date

November 2019



Survey time period

1997 to 2018

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