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Update on changes to the Marriage Celebrants Program
For the latest information on changes to the Marriage Celebrants Program, visit the Changes to the Marriage Celebrants Program page.
Your role as a marriage celebrant - obligations and responsibilities
Being a celebrant is a special and important role in the community. It also attracts serious obligations and legal responsibilities. Failure to meet those responsibilities can have serious consequences.
This page outlines some important information about your role as a Commonwealth-registered marriage celebrant.
Joining a celebrant association may also be beneficial in your role as celebrant.
Updating changes to your contact details or personal circumstances
You must notify us of changes to your contact details or personal circumstances if you are a Commonwealth-registered marriage celebrant. This is a requirement under section 39G of the Marriage Act.
You can do this by emailing one of these forms to email@example.com:
This includes a change in your occupation, business interests or a criminal conviction.
Notifying the registry of births, deaths and marriages about changes to your contact details is not the same as notifying this department. You must notify this department separately.
The Guidelines on the Marriage Act 1961 for marriage celebrants contains essential information on solemnising marriages.
The Conflict of interest and benefit to business guidelines will help you to identify, disclose and avoid a potential conflict of interest or benefit to a business.
The Advertising guidelines provide advice on how to develop your advertising material.
The Marriage Celebrant Matters newsletter updates celebrants with important news and events.
Ongoing professional development
You must complete five hours of professional development activities each calendar year. This includes compulsory and elective activities.
Disciplinary measures may be imposed on you if you fail to complete this obligation.
You must choose your 2013 activities from the list below.
Three registered training organisations provide these activities:
You should contact them directly for information. There are face-to-face and distance education options.
More detailed information is in the document below.
Ongoing professional development from 2014
Following a selection process, four registered training organisations will deliver ongoing professional development (OPD) from 2014:
Celebrant Associations can apply to have their association conferences in 2014 count towards elective OPD requirements for Commonwealth-registered marriage celebrants. Associations wishing to apply for this should use the following form:
In June 2013 the department developed a paper outlining the principles and objectives of OPD which must be met by OPD providers and celebrant association conferences that are approved to count towards OPD from 2014.
The list of OPD activities for 2014 will be available on this website early next year.
Your performance as a celebrant will be reviewed regularly to ensure it is satisfactory. A review is required every five years but may occur more often if needed.
Your review will be based on the information we have in our files and database. You may also be asked for more information.
You will be informed when a review is due to take place and the period of time it will cover.
You will also be informed of the outcome once the review is completed.
If your performance is unsatisfactory, disciplinary measures may be imposed. You will have the opportunity to comment if this is the outcome of your review.
More information is in the pack you received when you were registered as a celebrant.
CanPrint Communications is contracted by the Australian Government to supply marriage stationery—including marriage registers, official forms and certificates.
Authorised marriage celebrants can purchase marriage stationery by contacting CanPrint Communications. Your marriage celebrant registration number must be quoted when purchasing marriage stationery.
Visit the CanPrint Communications website for information, order forms and contact details. You can email CanPrint Communications at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CanPrint Communications is the only authorised supplier of the Form 15 Certificate of Marriage. Visit the downloads section on this webpage for forms and certificates that can be downloaded at no cost.
Marriage celebrants may generate or purchase marriage forms from other sources, but must ensure that such forms substantially comply with the forms specified in the Marriage Regulations 1963. If such forms do not comply, the registries of births, deaths and marriages have the authority under the Marriage Act 1961 to reject them.
Registries of births, deaths and marriages
Marriage celebrants are reminded that they must register marriages with the registry of births, deaths and marriages in the state or territory in which the marriage took place within fourteen days.