You will require this registration if you intend to offer a service as a civil marriage celebrant. Civil celebrants are appointed by the Commonwealth.
Separate approval to operate as a religious marriage celebrant is done via the State and Territory Registrars of Births, Deaths and Marriages.
You may apply to the Registrar of Marriage Celebrants for an exemption from paying the registration application fee if you live in a remote area where there is no more than one marriage celebrant.
Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.
A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.
To be eligible to register as a marriage celebrant, you must:
- have completed an Australian standard approved, competency-based training course such as a Certificate IV in Celebrancy or equivalent
- be 18 years of age or over.
You must also be considered fit and proper for the position, meaning that you:
- have sufficient knowledge of the law relating to the solemnisation of marriages
- have a good standing in the community
- are committed to advising couples of the availability of relationship support services
- have no conflict between the duties of a marriage celebrant and any other of your business interests or job.
If granted registration as a marriage celebrant, you will be required to state which type of ceremony you plan to offer when listed on the Register of Marriage Celebrants.
Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.
Annual registration charge
Marriage Law and Celebrant Section
Marriage Act 1961 (Australian Government)
Marriage Regulations 1963 (Australian Government)
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