Legalities

  • Marriage in Australia can take place between two people, 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.  Click here for more information about the Notice of Intended 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.