Guidelines on the Marriage Act 1961 for Marriage Celebrants




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Guidelines on the

Marriage Act 1961

for Marriage Celebrants


This document provides essential information on the solemnisation of marriages under the Marriage Act 1961. The Marriage Act 1961 and Marriage Regulations 1963 can be viewed online or downloaded from ComLaw.

© Australian Government July 2014

RECORD OF UPDATES




Version

Date Released

Pages Affected

Comment

1.0

February 2012

All

Initial Release.

2.0

July 2014

All

Updated to take into account amendments made by the Marriage Amendment (Celebrant Administration and Fees) Act 2014, the Marriage (Celebrant Registration Charge) Act 2014 and the Marriage Amendment (Fees and Charges) Regulation 2014, and other amendments.


GUIDELINES ON THE MARRIAGE ACT 1961
FOR MARRIAGE CELEBRANTS

CONTENTS


Guidelines on the 1

Marriage Act 1961 1

for Marriage Celebrants 1

RECORD OF UPDATES 2



GUIDELINES ON THE MARRIAGE ACT 1961
FOR MARRIAGE CELEBRANTS 3

CONTENTS 3



WHO THESE GUIDELINES ARE FOR 14

USING THESE GUIDELINES 14

GLOSSARY 14

1 INTRODUCTION 16

1.1 WHAT AUTHORISED CELEBRANTS NEED TO DO NOW 16

1.2 WHAT TO DO IF YOU CANNOT FIND INFORMATION IN THESE GUIDELINES 16

1.3 YOUR ROLE AS AN AUTHORISED CELEBRANT 16

1.4 LIMITS OF YOUR ROLE 17

1.5 CRITICAL MATTERS 17

1.6 WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO REMAIN INFORMED? 17

2 MARRIAGE IN AUSTRALIA 18

2.1 THE SOLEMNISATION OF MARRIAGES IN AUSTRALIA 18

2.2 THE DEFINITION OF MARRIAGE UNDER THE MARRIAGE ACT 1961 18

3 AUTHORISED CELEBRANTS 19

3.1 WHO CAN SOLEMNISE MARRIAGES UNDER THE MARRIAGE ACT 1961? 19

3.1.1 MINISTERS OF RELIGION OF RECOGNISED DENOMINATIONS 19

WHAT IS A RECOGNISED DENOMINATION? 19

AUTHORISATION OF MINISTERS OF RELIGION FROM RECOGNISED DENOMINATIONS TO SOLEMNISE MARRIAGES 20

GROUNDS FOR REFUSING TO REGISTER A MINISTER OF RELIGION FROM A RECOGNISED DENOMINATION TO SOLEMNISE MARRIAGES 20

SOLEMNISATION OF MARRIAGES BY MINISTERS OF RELIGION OF RECOGNISED DENOMINATIONS 21

GROUNDS FOR REMOVING A MINISTER OF RELIGION OF A RECOGNISED DENOMINATION FROM THE REGISTER OF MINISTERS OF RELIGION 21

3.1.2 STATE and TERRITORY OFFICERS 22

3.1.3 COMMONWEALTH-REGISTERED MARRIAGE CELEBRANTS 22

BECOMING A COMMONWEALTH-REGISTERED MARRIAGE CELEBRANT 22

OBLIGATIONS OF COMMONWEALTH-REGISTERED MARRIAGE CELEBRANTS 23

SOLEMNISATION OF MARRIAGES BY COMMONWEALTH-REGISTERED MARRIAGE CELEBRANTS 23

3.2 OBLIGATIONS OF COMMONWEALTH-REGISTERED MARRIAGE CELEBRANTS 24

3.2.1THE CODE OF PRACTICE FOR MARRIAGE CELEBRANTS (THE CODE OF PRACTICE) 24

3.2.2 ONGOING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 25

3.2.3INFORMING THE REGISTRAR OF MARRIAGE CELEBRANTS OF CHANGES TO PERSONAL CIRCUMSTANCES 26

3.2.4 PERFORMANCE REVIEWS 27

3.3 DISCIPLINARY MEASURES 28

3.4 RETIRING FROM THE ROLE OF COMMONWEALTH-REGISTERED MARRIAGE CELEBRANT 29



4 SOLEMNISING MARRIAGES 30

4.1. PROCEDURE REQUIRED BEFORE SOLEMNISING A MARRIAGE 30

4.2 CHECKLIST FOR COMPLETING MARRIAGE DOCUMENTS 31

BEFORE THE CEREMONY 31

AT THE CEREMONY 32

AFTER THE CEREMONY 32

4.3 NOTICE OF INTENDED MARRIAGE 33



HOW CAN AN AUTHORISED CELEBRANT OBTAIN A NOTICE OF INTENDED MARRIAGE? 33

4.3.1 WHEN THE NOIM MUST BE RECEIVED 33

4.3.2 CIRCUMSTANCES FOR AUTHORISING MARRIAGE WHERE NOIM IS LODGED WITH LESS THAN THE REQUIRED NOTICE TIME – ‘SHORTENING OF TIME’ 33

WHEN CAN A PRESCRIBED AUTHORITY CONSIDER A SHORTENING OF TIME REQUEST? 34

WHAT SHOULD AN AUTHORISED CELEBRANT DO IF A COUPLE WANTS THEIR MARRIAGE SOLEMNISED LESS THAN ONE MONTH AFTER THE CELEBRANT RECEIVES THE NOIM? 34

WHAT CASES FALL WITHIN THE CIRCUMSTANCES WHEN A SHORTENING OF TIME MAY BE GRANTED? 35

WHAT SORT OF MATERIAL WILL THE PRESCRIBED AUTHORITY REQUIRE TO CONSIDER THE APPLICATION? 35

HOW DOES THE PRESCRIBED AUTHORITY GRANT A SHORTENING OF TIME? 35

4.3.3 THE ONE MONTH NOTICE PERIOD 36



WHAT DOES GIVING THE NOTICE ‘NOT LATER THAN ONE MONTH BEFORE THE DATE OF THE MARRIAGE’ MEAN? 36

HOW DO THE PARTIES GIVE THE NOTICE IF THEY ARE OVERSEAS OR INTERSTATE UNTIL LESS THAN ONE MONTH BEFORE THE MARRIAGE? 37

WHEN DOES THE ONE MONTH PERIOD COMMENCE? 38

4.3.4 COMPLETING THE NOIM 38



WHAT IF A PARTY DOES NOT KNOW THE INFORMATION REQUIRED BY THE NOIM? 38

COMPLETING ITEM 15 ON THE NOIM – CHILDREN OF PREVIOUS MARRIAGE 39

RECORDING THE MARRIAGE RITES ON THE NOIM 39

NOIMS CONTAINING FALSE STATEMENTS 39

WHAT HAPPENS TO THE NOIM AFTER A MARRIAGE? 39

4.3.5 RECORDING THE NAMES OF THE PARTIES ON THE NOIM 40



GENERALLY THE NAME ON A PERSON’S BIRTH CERTIFICATE SHOULD BE RECORDED ON THE NOIM 41

WHEN CAN A PERSON USE A DIFFERENT NAME ON THE NOIM TO THE NAME ON THEIR BIRTH CERTIFICATE? 41

BDM-ISSUED CHANGE OF NAME CERTIFICATE 41

CHANGE OF NAME BY DEED POLL 41

ERROR IN SPELLING OF NAME ON BIRTH OR CHANGE OF NAME CERTIFICATE 41

CHANGE OF NAME BY MARRIAGE 42

USE OF NAME ON CERTIFICATE OF AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP 42

WHAT NAMES/TERMS MUST NOT BE USED ON THE NOIM? 42

WHAT SHOULD A CELEBRANT DO IF A PERSON WANTS TO USE A NAME ON THEIR NOIM BUT DOES NOT HAVE THE APPROPRIATE EVIDENCE FOR THAT NAME? 42

4.3.6 WHAT A CELEBRANT SHOULD DO IF A PARTY HAS DIFFERENT NAMES IN THE DOCUMENTS THEY PROVIDE TO ESTABLISH THEIR DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH AND THEIR IDENTITY 43

4.3.7 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS - NAMES ON NOTICES OF INTENDED MARRIAGE AND ON MARRIAGE CERTIFICATES 43

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS – NAMES ON NOTICES OF INTENDED MARRIAGE AND ON MARRIAGE CERTIFICATES 43

GENERAL ISSUES 44

NAMES ON THE NOTICE OF INTENDED MARRIAGE 44

NAMES ON BIRTH CERTIFICATES 44

CHANGE OF NAME 45

PARTY BORN OVERSEAS 48

ERROR ON CERTIFICATE OF AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP 48

PARTY PREVIOUSLY MARRIED 48

NAMES ON THE MARRIAGE CERTIFICATES 49

SIGNATURES ON MARRIAGE DOCUMENTS 50

4.3.8 TOTAL PERIOD OF RESIDENCE IN AUSTRALIA 50

4.3.9 SIGNING AND WITNESSING THE NOIM 50

WHO MAY WITNESS A NOIM SIGNED IN AUSTRALIA? 51

WHO MAY WITNESS A NOIM SIGNED OUTSIDE AUSTRALIA? 52

WHAT IS A NOTARY PUBLIC? 53

WHAT HAPPENS IF A PERSON OVERSEAS IS FINDING IT DIFFICULT TO LOCATE A PERSON FROM THE REQUIRED CATEGORY TO WITNESS THEIR SIGNATURE ON THE NOIM? 53

4.3.10 CORRECTIONS OF ERRORS ON THE NOIM 53

4.4 EVIDENCE OF DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH 53

4.4.1 AN OFFICIAL CERTIFICATE OF BIRTH OR AN OFFICIAL EXTRACT 54



WHAT TO DO WHEN A BIRTH CERTIFICATE DOES NOT HAVE A REGISTRATION NUMBER 55

4.4.2 A PASSPORT ISSUED BY THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT OR THE GOVERNMENT OF AN OVERSEAS COUNTRY 55

4.4.3 A STATUTORY DECLARATION 56

4.5 ESTABLISHING THE CONJUGAL STATUS OF THE PARTIES TO THE MARRIAGE – ITEMS 5 AND 17 OF THE NOIM 56

4.5.1 EVIDENCE OF DEATH OF FORMER SPOUSE 57

4.5.2 EVIDENCE OF DIVORCE 58



RECEIVING THE NOIM IF A DIVORCE IS PENDING 58

EVIDENCE OF DIVORCES GRANTED IN AUSTRALIA 58

EVIDENCE OF DIVORCES GRANTED OVERSEAS 59

4.5.3 ANNULMENT 60

4.5.4 WHEN SHOULD AN AUTHORISED CELEBRANT ASK MORE QUESTIONS OF A PARTY WHO HAS BEEN PREVIOUSLY MARRIED? 60

4.6 ESTABLISHING THE IDENTITIES OF THE PARTIES TO THE MARRIAGE 61

4.7 ESTABLISHING WHETHER THE PARTIES TO THE MARRIAGE ARE A MAN AND A WOMAN 61

TRANS OR TRANSGENDER PERSONS 61

INTERSEX PERSONS 62

INDETERMINATE/UNSPECIFIED SEX AND/OR GENDER 62

ESTABLISHING WHETHER A PARTY IS A MAN OR A WOMAN 62

4.8 DECLARATION OF NO LEGAL IMPEDIMENT (FORMERLY CALLED THE FORM 14) 63

4.9 MARRIAGE EDUCATION AND COUNSELLING 64

4.10 OBTAINING A TRANSLATOR OR INTERPRETER 65

4.11 ACCURACY OF FORMS 65

4.12 CASE STUDIES IN THE CORRECT USE OF DOCUMENTS 66



CASE STUDY ONE 66

CASE STUDY TWO 67

5 THE MARRIAGE CEREMONY 69

5.1 TIME AND PLACE 69

5.2 MARRIAGES TO BE SOLEMNISED BY AN AUTHORISED CELEBRANT 69

5.3 INVOLVEMENT OF OTHERS IN MARRIAGES SOLEMNISED BY MINISTERS OF RELIGION 70

5.4 INVOLVEMENT OF OTHERS IN MARRIAGES SOLEMNISED BY AUTHORISED CELEBRANTS WHO ARE NOT MINISTERS OF RELIGION 71

5.5 THE CONTENT OF THE MARRIAGE CEREMONY – SECTIONS 45 AND 46 OF THE MARRIAGE ACT 1961 71

5.6 EXPLAINING THE NATURE OF THE MARRIAGE RELATIONSHIP – ‘MONITUM’ – SUBSECTION 46(1) OF THE MARRIAGE ACT 71

WHICH CELEBRANTS ARE REQUIRED TO SAY THE WORDS IN SUBSECTION 46(1)? 72

WHY IS USING THE WORDING IN SUBSECTION 46(1) SO IMPORTANT? 72

CAN SOMEONE ELSE PARTICIPATING IN THE CEREMONY SAY THE WORDS IN SUBSECTION 46(1)? 73

WHEN AND HOW SHOULD THE WORDS BE USED? 73

CAN THE WORDING IN SUBSECTION 46(1) BE CHANGED OR VARIED IN ANY WAY? 73

HOW SHOULD A COMMONWEALTH-REGISTERED MARRIAGE CELEBRANT OR STATE OR TERRITORY OFFICER RESPOND IF COUPLES EXPRESS THEIR DISAGREEMENT WITH THE DEFINITION OF MARRIAGE AND REQUEST THAT IT BE CHANGED IN THE CEREMONY? 74

CAN THE SENTENCES OF SUBSECTION 46(1) BE SEPARATED? 75

5.7 FORM OF CEREMONY – VOWS –SECTION 45 OF THE MARRIAGE ACT 75



SUBSECTION 45(1) – MARRIAGES SOLEMNISED BY MINISTERS OF RELIGION – RELIGIOUS CEREMONIES 75

WHAT IF THE COUPLE WOULD LIKE TO CHANGE THE FORM OF A RELIGIOUS CEREMONY? 76

SUBSECTION 45(2) – NON-RELIGIOUS (OR CIVIL) CEREMONIES 76

WHY IS USING THE MINIMUM VOW WORDING SO IMPORTANT? 76

WHAT ARE THE WORDS IN SUBSECTION 45(2)? 76

WHO MUST SAY THE VOWS? 77

CAN THE COUPLE PERSONALISE THE VOWS? 77

WHAT NAMES SHOULD BE USED IN THE VOWS (MEANING OF THE TERMS ‘A.B’ AND ‘C.D’)? 78

THE SAYING OF VOWS IN SITUATIONS WHERE A PERSON IS UNABLE TO SPEAK 78

WHAT ARE THE CONSEQUENCES IF THE REQUIREMENTS OF SECTION 45 ARE NOT SATISFIED? 79

5.8 WITNESSES 79

5.9 INTERPRETERS 79

6 THE MARRIAGE CERTIFICATES 81

HOW MANY MARRIAGE CERTIFICATES MUST AN AUTHORISED CELEBRANT PREPARE AND SIGN? 81

CAN AN AUTHORISED CELEBRANT PROVIDE A COUPLE WITH A SOUVENIR CERTIFICATE AS WELL AS THE OFFICIAL CERTIFICATE? 81

6.1 THE OFFICIAL CERTIFICATE OF MARRIAGE (FORMERLY THE FORM 16), SENT TO THE BDM FOR REGISTRATION PURPOSES 82

6.2 THE SECOND OFFICIAL CERTIFICATE KEPT BY THE AUTHORISED CELEBRANT OR THE CHURCH 82

6.3 SECOND OFFICIAL CERTIFICATE – THE REQUIREMENTS FOR MINISTERS OF RELIGION 82



SECOND OFFICIAL CERTIFICATE – WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR AUTHORISED CELEBRANTS WHO ARE NOT MINISTERS OF RELIGION? 83

SECOND OFFICIAL CERTIFICATE – WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR AUTHORISED CELEBRANTS WHO ARE STATE AND TERRITORY OFFICERS? 83

6.4 THE FORM 15 CERTIFICATE OF MARRIAGE GIVEN TO THE PARTIES 83



WHAT IS AN AUTHORISED CELEBRANT REQUIRED TO DO WITH THE FORM 15 MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE? 84

6.5 THE RECORDS AN AUTHORISED CELEBRANT MUST KEEP FOR THE FORM 15 MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE (RECORD OF USE FORM) 84



WHAT DATE SHOULD AN AUTHORISED CELEBRANT RECORD ON THE RECORD KEEPING FORM FOR THE FORM 15 CERTIFICATE OF MARRIAGE? 84

WHAT SHOULD AN AUTHORISED CELEBRANT DO IF FORM 15 CERTIFICATES OF MARRIAGE ARE LOST OR STOLEN? 85

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF AUTHORISED CELEBRANTS RECORDING WHAT HAPPENS TO EACH FORM 15 CERTIFICATE OF MARRIAGE THEY ARE ISSUED? 85

6.6 NAMES ON MARRIAGE CERTIFICATES 86

6.7 RECORDING THE MARRIAGE RITES ON THE MARRIAGE CERTIFICATES 86

6.8 SIGNING THE MARRIAGE CERTIFICATES 87



CAN OTHER PEOPLE (IN ADDITION TO THE TWO WITNESSES) ADD THEIR SIGNATURE TO THE PARTIES’ (FORM 15) CERTIFICATE OF MARRIAGE? 87

CAN THE CHILDREN OF ONE OR BOTH OF THE PARTIES ADD THEIR NAMES TO THE PARTIES’ CERTIFICATE OF MARRIAGE? 88

6.9 WHAT HAPPENS TO THE THREE MARRIAGE CERTIFICATES AFTER THE MARRIAGE CEREMONY? 88

6.10 CORRECTION OF ERRORS IN THE MARRIAGE CERTIFICATES 88

6.11 LOST CERTIFICATES 89



7 REGISTERING THE MARRIAGE 90

8 ESTABLISHING THAT THE PROPOSED MARRIAGE WILL BE VALID 91

8.1 WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO ESTABLISH THAT THE PROPOSED MARRIAGE IS VALID? 91



WHAT ARE THE CONSEQUENCES FOR THE AUTHORISED CELEBRANT AND THE COUPLE IF THE MARRIAGE IS NOT VALID OR IF THE AUTHORISED CELEBRANT BELIEVES IT MAY NOT BE VALID? 91

8.2 WHAT ARE THE GROUNDS ON WHICH A MARRIAGE MAY BE INVALID? 92

8.3 PRIOR UNDISSOLVED VALID MARRIAGE 92

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO ESTABLISH THAT NEITHER PARTY IS LAWFULLY MARRIED TO ANOTHER PERSON AT THE TIME OF THE MARRIAGE? 92

HOW DOES AN AUTHORISED CELEBRANT ESTABLISH THAT A PARTY IS NOT STILL MARRIED? 92

8.4 PARTIES IN A PROHIBITED RELATIONSHIP 93



WHAT ABOUT ADOPTION? 93

WHAT ARE SOME EXAMPLES OF PROHIBITED RELATIONSHIP SITUATIONS THAT MAY ARISE? 93

8.5 MARRIAGE INVALID DUE TO FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH SECTION 48 OF MARRIAGE ACT 94

8.6 THE CONSENT OF THE PARTIES IS NOT REAL CONSENT 94

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO CHECK THAT A PERSON IS GIVING REAL CONSENT TO A MARRIAGE? 94

WHAT SHOULD AN AUTHORISED CELEBRANT DO IF THEY HAVE ANY DOUBTS ABOUT WHETHER A PARTY IS CONSENTING OR CAPABLE OF CONSENTING TO THE MARRIAGE? 95

WHEN IS CONSENT TO A MARRIAGE NOT REAL CONSENT? 95

HOW CAN AN AUTHORISED CELEBRANT ASSESS WHETHER A PERSON’S CONSENT IS REAL? 96

SPEAK TO THE PARTY IN ABSENCE OF ANY OTHER PARTY 96

SPEAK TO THIRD PARTIES 96

KEEP DETAILED RECORDS 97



CONSENT – WHEN MIGHT CONCERNS ABOUT CONSENT ARISE? 97

SPECIFIC SITUATIONS WHERE CONSENT ISSUES MAY ARISE 97

8.7 MARRIAGEABLE AGE IN AUSTRALIA 98

8.8 THE REQUIREMENTS FOR MARRIAGE OF A MINOR – THAT IS, WHEN ONE PARTY IS AGED 16 18 YEARS 98

THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS 98

FIRST REQUIREMENT – COURT ORDER 99

WHAT WILL THE JUDGE OR MAGISTRATE CONSIDER WHEN MAKING THE DECISION? 100

SECOND REQUIREMENT – CONSENT 100

WHAT HAPPENS IF A PARENT OR GUARDIAN CANNOT BE CONTACTED TO GIVE CONSENT? 101

WHAT SHOULD AN AUTHORISED CELEBRANT DO IF ASKED TO MARRY A COUPLE ONE OF WHOM IS UNDERAGE? 101

HOW CAN AN AUTHORISED CELEBRANT ENSURE THEY ARE NOT MARRYING A COUPLE WHEN ONE PARTY IS NOT OF MARRIAGEABLE AGE? 102

WHAT MUST AN AUTHORISED CELEBRANT FORWARD TO THE BDM AFTER A MARRIAGE IN WHICH ONE OF THE PARTIES IS UNDER MARRIAGEABLE AGE? 102

9 FOREIGN MARRIAGES 103

9.1 LEGAL RECOGNITION OF FOREIGN MARRIAGES IN AUSTRALIA 103

9.2 EXCEPTIONS TO RECOGNITION OF FOREIGN MARRIAGES 103

RECOGNITION IN AUSTRALIA OF OVERSEAS MARRIAGE WHERE ONE/BOTH PARTIES UNDERAGE 104

9.3 EVIDENCE OF FOREIGN MARRIAGE 104

9.4 MARRIAGES SOLEMNISED OVERSEAS BY DEFENCE FORCE CHAPLAINS 105

10 SECOND MARRIAGE CEREMONIES 106

10.1 SECOND MARRIAGE CEREMONY – DOUBT AS TO THE VALIDITY OF PREVIOUS MARRIAGE CEREMONY 106

10.2 SECOND RELIGIOUS MARRIAGE CEREMONIES 107

11 OFFENCES 108

11.1 WHY IT IS IMPORTANT FOR AUTHORISED CELEBRANTS TO KNOW ABOUT OFFENCES UNDER THE MARRIAGE ACT 108

11.2 OFFENCES RELEVANT TO AUTHORISED CELEBRANTS 108

SECTION 99 – SOLEMNISING MARRIAGE WHERE NOTICE OR DECLARATION NOT GIVEN OR MADE ETC 108

SECTION 100 – SOLEMNISING MARRIAGE WHERE REASON TO BELIEVE THERE IS A LEGAL IMPEDIMENT 109

SECTION 101 – SOLEMNISATION OF MARRIAGE BY UNAUTHORISED PERSON 109

11.3 OFFENCES RELEVANT TO COUPLES 110

11.4 OFFENCES RELEVANT TO OTHERS INVOLVED IN THE MARRIAGE CEREMONY 110

11.5 OFFENCES RELATING TO FORCED MARRIAGE 111

11.6 OFFENCES RELATING TO STATUTORY DECLARATIONS 111

12 OTHER MATTERS 112

12.1 SURPRISE WEDDINGS 112



WHAT IS A ‘SURPRISE WEDDING’? 112

WOULD SUCH A MARRIAGE BE VALID? 112

ACCEPTING A NOIM IN A SURPRISE WEDDING SCENARIO 112

WHAT SHOULD AN AUTHORISED CELEBRANT DO IF ASKED TO SOLEMNISE A SURPRISE WEDDING? 112

12.2 CEREMONIES AS PRIZES 113

12.3 FEES FOR SOLEMNSING MARRIAGES 113

12.4 AUTHORISED CELEBRANT NOT AVAILABLE 113

12.5 STATUTORY DECLARATIONS 114

12.6 COMMITMENT CEREMONIES 115

12.7 RENEWAL OF VOWS CEREMONIES 115

12.8 CEREMONIES BETWEEN SAME-SEX COUPLES 115

12.9 ARE AUTHORISED CELEBRANTS OBLIGED TO SOLEMNISE ANY MARRIAGE? 115

12.10 PRIVACY 116

12.11 COPYRIGHT AND MARRIAGE CELEBRANTS 116

PLAYING MUSIC AT WEDDINGS 116

REPRODUCING POETRY OR LITERATURE 117

READING OR RECITING AN EXTRACT FROM A BOOK 117

REPRODUCING HYMN OR SONG LYRICS IN WEDDING BOOKLETS 117

FILMING WEDDING CEREMONIES 117

MORAL RIGHTS 117

13 USEFUL CONTACTS 119

MARRIAGE LAW AND CELEBRANTS SECTION, AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT ATTORNEY-GENERAL’S DEPARTMENT 119

REGISTRIES OF BIRTHS, DEATHS AND MARRIAGES 119

NEW SOUTH WALES 119

SOUTH AUSTRALIA 120

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY 120

NORTHERN TERRITORY 120

TASMANIA 121

VICTORIA 121

WESTERN AUSTRALIA 122

QUEENSLAND 122

OTHER USEFUL CONTACTS 123



CANPRINT 123

NATIONAL ACCREDITATION AUTHORITY FOR TRANSLATORS AND INTERPRETERS LTD (NAATI) 123

AUSTRALIAN PASSPORT OFFICE 123

ACCESS TO JUSTICE WEBSITE (IF LEGAL ADVICE IS REQUIRED) 123

DEPARTMENT OF IMMIGRATION AND BORDER PROTECTION 124

OFFICE OF THE MIGRATION AGENTS REGISTRATION AUTHORITY (MARA) 124

AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL POLICE 124

APPENDIX – SAMPLE DIVORCE ORDERS 125

SAMPLE OF DIVORCE ORDER WHEN THERE IS A CHILD OR CHILDREN OF THE MARRIAGE 125

SAMPLE DIVORCE ORDER WHEN THERE IS A CHILD OR CHILDREN OF THE MARRIAGE AND THE REGISTRAR, WHILE NOT BEING SATISFIED AS TO THE ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE CHILD OR CHILDREN’S CARE, NEVERTHELESS HAS GRANTED THE DIVORCE 126

SAMPLE DIVORCE ORDER WHEN THERE IS NO CHILD OF THE MARRIAGE 128


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