Getting Married

Getting married in Australia is no longer determined by sex or gender.

To get married in Australia, you must:

  • not be married
  • not be marrying a parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, brother or sister
  • be at least 18 years old, unless a court has approved a marriage where 1 person is 16-18 years old
  • understand what marriage means and freely agree to wed
  • use specific words during the ceremony
  • give a notice of intended marriage form to an authorised marriage celebrant at least 1 month and no more than 18 months before your wedding
  • Must be married by an authorised celebrant

You don’t have to be:

  • an Australian citizen
  • a permanent resident of Australia

If you are not an Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia and you want to live in Australia after your marriage, you should find out about getting a visa– external site.

Marriage equality

The right to marry in Australia is no longer determined by sex or gender.

If you need help getting married, contact me on the link below.

Before you get married, you need to:

  • complete a notice of intended marriage form
  • before your wedding give it to an authorised celebrant at least a month (but not more than 18 months) in advance

Ask your authorised marriage celebrant if you need help with the form.

You can complete it if you are overseas and plan to get married in Australia.

If there is less than 1 month until your wedding, talk to your authorised marriage celebrant. You may be able to get married if a prescribed authority– external site approves it. Reasons for getting married in less than one month include:

  • employment-related or travel commitments
  • wedding or celebration arrangements
  • medical reasons
  • legal proceedings
  • error in giving notice

Your authorised marriage celebrant will also need:

  • evidence of your date and place of birth (birth certificate or passport)
  • identity (driver’s licence or passport)
  • proof that a previous marriage has ended

Contact me for more information



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