Registration as a Commonwealth Registered Marriage Celebrant - Australian Government


You will require this registration if you intend to offer a service as a Commonwealth registered marriage celebrant. Marriage celebrants are legally allowed to perform marriages in Australia.

Being a marriage celebrant is an important role in the community. It attracts legal responsibilities and a failure to meet those responsibilities could have serious consequences.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

If you want to become a Commonwealth registered marriage celebrant, you must:

  • complete a Certificate IV in Celebrancy, which includes the marriage celebrancy units, through a registered training organisation
  • apply to the department using the marriage celebrant online application form and pay the required fee
  • successfully answer a series of legal questions about marriage law and process
  • be assessed as being a fit and proper person by the Registrar of Marriage Celebrants. Section 39C of the Marriage Act 1961 sets out all the matters the Registrar must take into account when considering whether a person is fit and proper.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

An annual pro rata registration charge applies.

You must also complete five hours of ongoing professional development activities each calendar year. This includes compulsory and elective activities.




Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $400.00

Fees for 2022-23

Apply Application All $30.00 Application fee exemption fee. Fees for 2022-23
Apply Licence All $170.00 Annual registration charge. Fees for 2022-23

Act(s) name

Marriage Act 1961 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

Marriage Regulations 2017 Australian Government

Additional information

If you meet special criteria, you can apply to not pay the application fee. You must pay a fee to apply for this exemption.

Administering agency

Attorney-General's Department

Marriage Celebrants Section

Contact details

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