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Your role as a marriage celebrant—obligations and responsibilities
Being a celebrant is a special and important role in the community. It attracts obligations and legal responsibilities. Failure to meet those responsibilities can have serious consequences.
All Commonwealth-registered marriage celebrants are charged an annual celebrant registration charge of $240.
There are limited circumstances where celebrants can apply for an exemption from the annual celebrant registration charge. Eligibility guidelines are detailed below:
A non-refundable application processing fee of $30 will be charged on all exemption applications.
Marriage celebrants must also register marriages with the registry of births, deaths and marriages in the state or territory in which the marriage took place within fourteen days.
Joining a celebrant association may also be beneficial in your role as celebrant.
Updating your contact details or circumstances
You must notify the department 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.
This includes a change in your occupation, business interests or a criminal conviction.
You can update your details via the Marriage Celebrants Self Service Portal or complete a notification form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You will also need to contact your relevant registry of births, deaths and marriages about changes to your details.
If you are no longer practising as a marriage celebrant, send your request to be removed from the Register of Marriage Celebrants through the Marriage Celebrants Self Service Portal or email your completed form to email@example.com.
Celebrant resources and forms
The Marriage Celebrants Self Service Portal supports marriage celebrants to securely manage their information and engage with the Attorney-General’s Department. Celebrants should use their ‘A’ number to log in.
The Guidelines on the Marriage Act 1961 for marriage celebrants contains essential information on solemnising marriages.
The Guidelines on Conflict of interest and benefit to business help celebrants to identify, disclose and avoid a potential conflict of interest or benefit to a business.
The Guidelines on advertising for Commonwealth-registered marriage celebrants provides advice on how to develop your advertising material.
The Marriage Celebrant Matters newsletter updates celebrants with important news and events.
Forms for use under the Marriage Act 1961 and the Marriage Regulations 1963 can be found on the Marriage forms page.
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 if you fail to complete this obligation.
The list of approved OPD activities for 2015 activities is below.
Four registered training organisations provide these activities:
You should contact them directly for information. There are face-to-face and distance education options.
Some celebrant association conferences are now approved to count towards OPD obligations. A list of these is below:
Seeking an exemption from OPD obligations
To seek an exemption from OPD obligations you must meet the criteria outlined in the Guidelines for Exemption from OPD below.
Eligible celebrants can access an exemption application form in the self-service portal.
Celebrant association conferences
Celebrant associations can apply to have their association conferences in 2015 count towards elective ongoing professional development requirements for Commonwealth-registered marriage celebrants.
Associations wishing to apply for this should use the following form:
Only association conferences that are listed on the department’s website can count towards your elective ongoing professional development requirements. The celebrant association conferences that have been approved for 2015 are listed below. This list will be updated throughout the year as further conferences are approved.
In June 2013, the department developed a paper outlining the principles and objectives of ongoing professional development which must be met by approved providers and celebrant association conferences from 2014.
Your performance as a celebrant will be reviewed regularly to ensure it is satisfactory.
Your review will be based on the information we have in our files and database, and you may be asked for more information. We will let you know when a review will happen, and the outcome when it 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.
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.