Legalities

  • Marriage in Australia can take place between a man and a woman, who are each at least eighteen years of age.
  • The marriage can be celebrated in any location in Australia
  • Must be in the presence of a Registered Celebrant.
  • In the presence of at least two witnesses who are eighteen years of age or over.
  • The current Marriage Act requires that a Notice Of Intended Marriage MUST be lodged with the authorised celebrant no earlier than 18 months and no later than one month before the date of the marriage.
  • A person may marry if they are under 18 in certain circumstances

The celebrant is required to sight the following ORIGINAL documents. Copies certified by a Justice of the Peace are not acceptable.

  • An official (original) certificate of birth, or an official extract of an entry in an official register showing the date and place of birth of the party
  • If you cannot obtain a copy of your birth certificate then a current Australian or overseas passport is acceptable
  • If either party has been previously married, the Decree Absolute or Divorce Certificate
  • If you are a widow or widower, the Death Certificate of your late spouse
  • If any certificates are written in a language that the solemnising celebrant cannot understand a translation by an accredited translator is required.
  • Evidence of identity – one of these is acceptable: a driver’s licence, a proof of age/photo card, an Australian or overseas passport or a Certificate of Australian Citizenship along with another form of photo ID.