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.

The Marriage Law and Celebrants Section within the Attorney-General's Department provides information and advice to marrying couples, Commonwealth-registered marriage celebrants and people wishing to become a marriage celebrant. The Attorney-General's Department is also responsible for the laws setting out the requirements for getting married in Australia. These are the Marriage Act 1961 and Marriage Regulations 1963.

After your wedding, your marriage celebrant will register the marriage with the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages in the state or territory where your marriage took place.

The Department also administers the Marriage Celebrants Program with more than 9,000 celebrants registered through this program.

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

For more information please see the following pages: