Marriage Celebrant Registration - Australian Government


You will require this registration if you intend to offer a service as an authorised marriage celebrant. Marriage celebrants are appointed by the Commonwealth. This registration includes marriage celebrants who perform civil ceremonies to solemnise marriage and also marriage celebrants who perform religious ceremonies for the independent religious body or organisation (that hasn't been proclaimed as a recognised denomination).

Separate approval to operate as a minister of religion 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.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible to register as a marriage celebrant, you must:

  • have completed an Australian standard approved, competency-based training course = Certificate IV in Celebrancy or equivalent
  • supply your full name and title, your home address details, contact details to the register of marriage celebrants
  • be 18 years of age or over.

You must also be considered fit and proper for the position. The Registrar will take into consideration whether you:

  • have sufficient knowledge of the law relating to the solemnisation of marriages
  • have effective communication skills
  • have a good standing in the community
  • have not been convicted of an offence, punishable by imprisonment for one year or longer
  • have the ability to liaise with clients and other members of the indigenous community if appropriate
  • have the ability to conduct marriage ceremonies with the required documentation in accordance with the relevant legislation
  • have no conflict of interest between the duties of a marriage celebrant and any other of your business interests or job
  • are committed to advising couples of the availability of relationship support services.

Persons who are registered as a marriage celebrant after the 8th of December 2017 and are a minister of religion, are able to identity as a religious marriage celebrant.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

Ongoing eligibility requirements include:

  • undertake approved professional development activities
  • pay the annual registration charge.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.




Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount
Apply Application All $600.00
Apply Licence All $240.00

Act(s) name

Marriage Act 1961 AG

Regulation(s) name

Marriage Regulations 2017 AG

Administering agency

Attorney-General's Department

Family and Marriage Law

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Family and Marriage Law

Attorney-General's Department

Operating address: 3-5 National Circuit
Australian Capital Territory 2600
Contact us other: 1800 550 343
Contact us other: 02 6141 6666
Fax: 02 6141 3246
Website: Marriage (Opens in new window)

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