Summary of legal requirements to marry in Australia

  • A Notice of Intended Marriage must be lodged with me no later than one month and no earlier than 18 months before the date of the marriage. In certain circumstances, the Notice can be lodged with the signature of one party only, however, the Notice must be signed by the other party, in my presence, prior to solemnising the marriage. Only in exceptional circumstances can that time be altered. A blank copy of the Notice of Intended Marriage can be obtained on the link:
    http://www.ag.gov.au/Search/Results.aspx?sq=1&k=Form 13 Notice Of Intended Marriage
  • Both parties should be at least 18 years of age, however, in exceptional circumstances one party may be 16 or 17 years of age, however, this requires parental consent and a Court Order. In no circumstance is a person under the age of 16 allowed to marry in Australia. In no circumstance are both parties to the marriage allowed to be under 18 years of age.
  • Prior to the ceremony, it is a requirement that each party to the marriage provide at least one of the following documents with photo identification as evidence of their identity:
    1. a driver’s licence
    2. a proof of age/photo card
    3. an Australian or overseas passport, or
    4. a Certificate of Australian Citizenship along with another form of photographic evidence.
  • If either party has been married before, prior to the marriage I must sight a Divorce Decree Absolute/Divorce Certificate or a Death Certificate as evidence that the party or parties are no longer married.
  • There must be two witnesses to your marriage and they must be over 18 years of age.
  • I will lodge all your required paperwork with Births, Deaths and marriages after your wedding day.

More comprehensive details of legal requirements and other relevant information can be obtained on the link: http://www.ag.gov.au/FamiliesAndMarriage/Marriage/Pages/GettingmarriedinAustralia.aspx