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Many changes have occurred in Australia since the establishment of the Australian Institute of Families Studies in 1980. This snapshot presents some changes in relation to couple relationships.

Key trends:

  • The rate of marriage has declined in Australia, and couples have been marrying later. Nevertheless, most adults today are married or will marry during the course of their lives.
  • The divorce rate was at a high plateau in the 1980s and 1990s but a downward trend has emerged since. There is a general acceptance for an unhappy marriage to end, even if there are children involved.
  • Social attitudes towards marriage, cohabitation and same-sex relationships have changed, with acceptance of diversity growing in Australia.
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