The geography of same-sex couples and families in Australia

an empirical review

James Forrest*, Andrew Gorman-Murray, Frank Siciliano

*Corresponding author for this work

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Much has changed since the first mapping of single-sex couples and families from the 2006 Australian census. An increasing willingness to allow their identification in the census has accompanied increasing public acceptance of same-sex couples culminating in significant support for legalising same-sex marriage in a 2017 national survey. Technological advances permit complex cross-tabulations of Australian census data and more detailed characterisations of same-sex couples. New geographies differentiate between male and female couples with children, showing same-sex couples are not just a feature of some inner-city areas, though these remain important, but also of suburban, regional and some rural areas. Drawing on the 2016 census, contemporary geographies of same-sex couples with and without children in Australia and changes over the past decade in Sydney are analysed at a time of increased interest in this demographic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)493-509
Number of pages17
JournalAustralian Geographer
Issue number4
Early online date16 Apr 2019
Publication statusPublished - 2 Oct 2019


  • Australia
  • homosexual geographies
  • same-sex couples and families
  • socio-economic characteristics
  • Sydney

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