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For marriage celebrants

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Update on changes to the Marriage Celebrants Program

Changes to the Marriage Celebrants Program will come into effect on 1 July 2014.

The Registrar of Marriage Celebrants recently wrote to all Commonwealth-registered marriage celebrants about the changes.

If you received this letter and are no longer practicing as a marriage celebrant, you may wish to formally resign by completing the 'Request for removal from the Register of Marriage Celebrants' form available below.

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.

You must:

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 marriagecelebrantssection@ag.gov.au:

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.

Key resources

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 2014 activities from the list below.

Four registered training organisations provide these activities:

  1. AssentTECS
  2. Australian Celebrations Training
  3. International College of Celebrancy
  4. Gordon Institute of TAFE.

You should contact them directly for information. There are face-to-face and distance education options.

In 2014, some celebrant association conferences have been approved to count towards elective ongoing professional development requirements for Commonwealth-registered marriage celebrants. Celebrants attending these conferences must ensure they complete the 2014 compulsory ongoing professional development activity to satisfy their requirements.

The below document contains a list of celebrant association conferences that have been approved to count towards the elective component of the 2014 ongoing professional development (OPD) requirements for Commonwealth-registered marriage celebrants. Only association conferences on this list will count towards your elective ongoing professional development requirements. The list will be updated throughout the year.

Celebrant associations can apply to have their association conferences in 2014 count towards elective ongoing professional development 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 ongoing professional development which must be met by approved providers and celebrant association conferences from 2014.

Performance reviews

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. 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.

Marriage stationery

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 marriage@infoservices.com.au.

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.