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Becoming a marriage celebrant

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Marriage celebrants are people who are legally allowed to perform marriages in Australia.

Being a marriage celebrant is a special and important role in the community. It also attracts serious legal responsibilities. Failure to meet those responsibilities can have serious consequences.

If you want to become a Commonwealth-registered marriage celebrant, you will need to:

You may only advertise your services and perform marriages once you are registered as a marriage celebrant.

Different criteria for registration as a marriage celebrant apply to people who are fluent in an Australian Indigenous language. Email us at marriagecelebrantssection@ag.gov.au for more information.

Before you apply—some things to consider

Many marriage celebrants perform few or no marriages each year as there are:

  • more than 9 000 Commonwealth-registered marriage celebrants
  • more than 23 000 ministers of religion who can perform marriages
  • about 121 700 marriages that took place in Australia in 2011.

Just paying for and completing qualifications does not mean you automatically become a celebrant. For more information about the marriage celebrant responsibilities, including key resources and the code of practice, visit the for registered marriage celebrants page.

The Coalition of Celebrant Associations website also has information if you are deciding to become a marriage celebrant.

Fees and charges

Aspiring marriage celebrants are required to pay an application fee of $600. If your application is successful, you will need to pay the annual $240 registration charge charge (or part thereof, depending on the timing of your registration).

In limited circumstances, an exemption from these fees and charges may be granted. Guidelines on eligibility are available below:

All fees and charges are non-refundable.

Sending your application

You can apply to become a Commonwealth-registered marriage celebrant through our Marriage celebrants online application form. If you are unable to lodge your application online, contact the Marriage Law and Celebrants Section on 1800 550 343.

The following documents may assist with your application: