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Australian sexual orientation statistics for the recognition of domestic partnerships have been introduced. Endnote 1 However, there is still no Australian legislation to allow same-sex Australian sexual orientation statistics or legal recognition of same-sex marriages performed overseas.
This article provides information about the characteristics of Australians who identify themselves in the Census of Population and Housing as living in the same household in a same-sex couple relationship. Information regarding the new relationship classification can be found within the Fact Sheet Counts of same-sex couples in the Censusand further information on same-sex couples can also be found in Reflecting a Nation: Same-sex Couple Families cat. According to the Census, there were around 33, same-sex couples in Australia, with 17, male same-sex couples and 16, female same-sex couples.
This pattern of more male than female same-sex couples has been consistent sincewhen data first became available, although the degree of difference has decreased in each Census. Although the overwhelming majority of same-sex couples described themselves on Australian sexual orientation statistics Census form as de facto partners, there were 1, couples where one person was described as the husband or wife of the other.
In the 15 years between and Australian sexual orientation statistics, the number of same-sex couples more than tripled. The increasing number of people identified as being in a same-sex relationship may reflect growing social acceptance.
There may also be increased awareness that data about same-sex couples is made available from the Census, giving more Australian sexual orientation statistics
Australian sexual orientation statistics same-sex couples to be open about the nature of their and willing to supply this information.
According to the Australian sexual orientation statistics National Survey Mental Health and Wellbeing, homosexual people are less likely than heterosexual people to be living with a partner: People in same-sex couples tended to be younger than people in opposite-sex couples.
The median age of people in a
Australian sexual orientation statistics couple was 40 years compared with 48 years for people in opposite-sex couples. While
Australian sexual orientation statistics pattern may reflect increasing social acceptance in recent decades, or a growing number of same-sex relationships amongst younger people, it could also reflect differences in reporting behaviour, with older same-sex couples possibly more reluctant to report on the Census Form they are in a same-sex relationship.
Endnote 2 As in previous Censuses, the age distribution of male and female same-sex partners in was similar, however female same-sex couples had a slightly younger age profile.
differences between partners Same-sex relationships Australian sexual orientation statistics to have a greater age gap between partners than opposite-sex relationships. For female same-sex
Australian sexual orientation statistics there was an average age gap between partners of 4. In opposite-sex relationships, the average age gap between the older and the younger partner was 3. The Census counted 6, children living in same-sex couple families, up from 3, in in same-sex couple families make up only one in a thousand of all children in couple families 0.
Children in same-sex couples may have been born into a previous opposite-sex relationship of one of the partners, or conceived with the help of reproductive technology, adopted, or fostered in a same-sex relationship. Same-sex couples were more likely to report they had no religion than opposite-sex couples.
For more information on the religion of people in same-sex couples, see Reflecting Australian sexual orientation statistics Nation: Same-sex couple families cat. In every five year age group, people in same-sex couples were more likely than those in opposite-sex couples
Australian sexual orientation statistics report having a Bachelor degree or above.
This trend was also evident for higher degrees. In line with their higher levels of education, people in same-sex couples were more likely than those in opposite-sex couples to work Australian sexual orientation statistics highly skilled occupations such as managers or professionals. For women in same-sex couples, the most common occupation was registered nurse, with the next most common occupations being retail managers, sales assistants and secondary school teachers.
For women, the difference was even greater: This in part reflects the greater likelihood of women in opposite-sex relationships to leave the workforce either temporarily or permanently to have children. Consequently, same-sex couples were more likely to fall into the higher household income brackets. In opposite-sex couples, women tend to do more unpaid work than men.
However, women in same-sex relationships still tended to do more unpaid domestic work than men in same-sex relationships. Australian sexual orientation statistics one five men in opposite-sex relationships did no unpaid domestic work at all, compared with about one in eight men in same-sex relationships. Same-sex couples were more
Australian sexual orientation statistics to live in large cities or towns than in rural and regional areas of Australia.
This pattern was true for both male and female same-sex couples,
Australian sexual orientation statistics was particularly apparent for male couples.
In cities of 1 million or more people, male same-sex couples made up 0. In rural areas and towns with a population of less than 10, people, they Australian sexual orientation statistics up less than 0. Female same-sex couples were also more likely to live in larger cities or towns, but the difference was not as pronounced as it was for Australian sexual orientation statistics same-sex couples.
Female same-sex couples made up about 0. Relative to the general population, New South Wales had a higher than average proportion of same-sex couples, particularly male couples 0.
The Northern Territory had particularly high rates of female same-sex couples 0. Both male and female same-sex couples tend to live in inner-city suburbs of the capital Australian sexual orientation statistics. In fact, the top ten suburbs Australian sexual orientation statistics male and female same-sex couples were all in inner Sydney.
While male same-sex couples make up less than 0. Many of the suburbs with the highest
Australian sexual orientation statistics of same-sex couples were in the inner east of Sydney, which has historically been the social centre of Australia's gay community, particularly focussed around the western end of Oxford Street near Taylor Square in Darlinghurst.
Endnote 4 Inone in every ten men in Australia living in a same-sex lived within two kilometres of Taylor Square. Female same-sex couples tended to be much more geographically dispersed and less concentrated than male same-sex couples.
These included Daylesford-Hepburn Springs in Victoria where female same-sex couples made up 4. While young people, Australian sexual orientation statistics those in couple relationships, were more likely to be living somewhere different to where
Australian sexual orientation statistics lived five years ago, people in same-sex couples
Australian sexual orientation statistics more likely than people in opposite-sex relationships to have lived elsewhere five years ago, Australian sexual orientation statistics of their age group.
Counts of same-sex couples are available starting from the Census and ABS Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeingwhich collected data on sexual preference. While information on same-sex relationships is collected in a number of ABS surveys, the relatively small sample size of these collections the amount of analysis is limited, therefore this article mostly uses data from the last Census conducted in Same-sex couple refers Australian sexual orientation statistics two people of the same sex who report a de facto or married partnership in the relationship question, and who are resident in the same household.
Opposite-sex couple refers to two people who report a registered marriage or in a de facto opposite-sex relationship, and who are usually Australian sexual orientation statistics in the same household.
Under the Commonwealth Marriage Actlegal marriage must be between a man and a woman; and same-sex marriages performed overseas are not recognised as legal marriages in Australia. For the Census, people that reported on the Census Form that they were in a same-sex marriage were coded as de facto
Australian sexual orientation statistics, in Australian sexual orientation statistics with the Marriage Act.
However, for those same-sex couples that reported that they were married, a new classification developed 'Relationship as reported' to retain the relationship of same-sex couples as they reported it on their Census Form, whether as husbands or wife or de facto partner.
Australian sexual orientation statistics were 1, same-sex couples where one person was described as the husband or wife of the other. The reasons why people in Australia might report that they are Australian sexual orientation statistics husband or wife of someone of the same sex cannot be known from Census data but may
Australian sexual orientation statistics having been married in a jurisdiction other than Australia; having registered their relationship under state or territory law; having gone through a ceremony; simply regarding themselves as married; or considering that husband or wife is the term that best describes their relationship.
See the Fact Sheet Counts of same-sex couples in the Census for Australian sexual orientation statistics This classification aligns closely to officially gazetted suburb and locality boundaries particularly in urban areas.
In the Census, unpaid domestic work refers to the amount of time spent last week doing unpaid domestic work for their household,
Australian sexual orientation statistics housework, food and Australian sexual orientation statistics preparation, cleaning, laundry, gardening, home maintenance and repairs, household shopping and management of finances. The data is collected in a number of categories: In article, where both partners in a couple reported that the amount of work they did was in the same category, it is considered that Australian sexual orientation statistics partners did about the same amount of unpaid domestic work.
Unless otherwise stated, the Australian sexual orientation statistics in this article refers to people aged 15 years and over. For more detailed definitions please see Census Dictionary, cat. Ruting, Is the Golden Mile tarnishing? These documents will be presented in a new window. Skip to main content. Australian Bureau of Australian sexual orientation statistics. Statistics Census Complete your survey About us. Explanatory information - Data sources and definitions - Endnotes.
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