Marriage

​This is the official site of the Australian Government Marriage Celebrants Program. Anything you read elsewhere that is inconsistent with this site is not accurate.

Your wedding ceremony is one of the most important moments of your life.

Being aware of your legal rights and obligations will help make sure your big day goes as planned.

We are responsible for the laws setting out the requirements for getting married in Australia. These are the Marriage Act 1961 and Marriage Regulations 1963.

We also administer the Marriage Celebrants Program. More than 10,000 celebrants are registered through this program.

State and territory governments register ministers of religion for recognised denominations as marriage celebrants.

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