More people have no religion than are Catholic, men spend fewer hours a week than women on domestic work, and the ‘traditional’ family unit is largely unchanged despite an increase in same-sex couples

2. The “traditional” family unit is largely unchanged since 2011 – despite an increase of about 42% in same-sex couples. The 2016 census counted more than six million families in Australia on census night – about 45% couples with children, 38% childless couples, and 16% single-parent families, about exactly the same as in 2011. The same was true of marital status: of all the people in Australia aged 15 years and over, 48.1% were married (down from 48.7% in 2011) and 11.7% were either divorced or separated (8.5% and 3.2% respectively), largely stable since 2011 (11.4%). There had, however, been a slight increase in the number of people who had never been married, from 34.3% in 2011 to 35% in 2016.

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