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10 things about sex, love and relationships in Australia


  1. it’s quite acceptable to live together as a couple in Australia without being married even if you have children
  2. more and more often younger teenagers engage in sex regularly
  3. it is quite legal to have a gay or lesbian partner
  4. it is culturally acceptable to have sex before marriage and most people do
  5. you can get married in a church or other religious place but you don’t have to;  a civic ceremony is all that is required to make a legal marriage
  6. it is against Australian law and culture to have more than one husband or one wife at a time
  7. divorce is quite acceptable and legal in Australian culture.  The government dictates our laws, not religion
  8. it is against the law for adults (18years+) to have sex with children. Paedophilia is illegal and a very serious crime
  9. incest is culturally taboo and against the law
  10. rape against a female or male is absolutely unacceptable and against the law

If you want to be sure you don’t disgust the person you fancy, you’d better have a look at this page too! And maybe here as well to find out about the hidden rules of personal space.

6 comments on “10 things about sex, love and relationships in Australia

  1. SoundEagle
    February 10, 2013

    The link is broken.

  2. Anonymous
    August 26, 2015

    Is cheating on your spouse or bf/gf accepted as well?

    • Helene Markmann
      August 26, 2015

      No. It happens, of course but secretly and, if discovered, will often lead to the end of the relationship.

  3. Prakash Basnet
    November 8, 2017

    it’s quite acceptable to live together as a couple in Australia without being married even if you have children … so what will be the status of the children . ..If the parents are not legally married …If they live out of the relationship what happens ?

    • Helene Markmann
      November 8, 2017

      Generally the law for married people applies to de facto (unmarried) couples with children too. We don’t discriminate against children born out of wedlock.

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