And these people are embracing new technology along with more traditional means in their search for a partner from the same background.

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Their yet-to-be published work shows higher levels of ethnic intermarriage amongst those from Anglo-Celtic countries, than among those from the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent.

They stress that it's too early to determine whether these patterns are due to ethnic preferences or length of time in Australia.

Add to this the fact that many Australians already have mixed ancestry and the idea of marrying within one's own racial or religious group is no longer a given.

But for some, maintaining a sense of cultural identity remains important in their choice of partner.

In RSVP's own survey of more than 3,000 people last year, more than a third rated ethnic background as important when identifying a suitable partner.

Sharon Delmage is the Chair of Communication and Media studies at Murdoch University in Western Australia.

She says she runs the service not only to help people find a relationship but also to help maintain the community.

"The reason that continuity is so important for the Jewish community is that if we look at the statistics - and we do when there's a census, we look at those and we have people who do reports on them - and within a couple of generations at the current rate of intermarriage there will be hardly any people worldwide outside of Israel who actually identify as Jewish." The Australian National University's Siew-Ean Khoo has examined a variety of data, including 2006 Census figures and marriage registration statistics, to compile a profile of interethnic partnering in Australia.

Have you actually sat down one on one and had a chat to them? Because if you haven't actually sat down with them one on one and had a cup of tea or a drink or a meal or whatever, then you don't really know them.

You haven't given them or yourself a chance to get to know anything about them." Online matchmaking services are available for a very broad range of groups in Australia.

(Transcript from World News Australia Radio) In a multicultural country like Australia, marriage or partnering outside of one's ethnic group is no longer unusual.