This norm has changed over recent decades as young women have been attaining bachelor degree or higher qualifications at a significantly faster rate than men (although men are still far more likely to gain certificate-level vocational qualifications than women).For more information see Australian Social Trends 2007, Qualification profile of Australians.De facto relationships (11%) were more common than marriage (5%) for this age group in 2006 whereas in 1986 marriage (18%) was more common than de facto relationships (7%).
As such, couples are a fundamental building block of society.
On the other hand, there has been an increase in the proportion of adults in de facto relationships, which more than doubled from 4% to 9% over the period.
The number of people living in a same-sex couple relationship has also increased over the past decade.
Where the bride was remarrying after a divorce, she was around a year older than her never-married groom.
Education In 42% of opposite-sex couples, the male partner had the same level of non-school qualification as the female partner.