Under Australian law, only an authorised celebrant can legally solemnise marriages within Australia. The department maintains a list of all authorised marriage celebrants in Australia; this is referred to as the Register of Marriage Celebrants. The Register of Marriage celebrants can be used to search for authorised celebrants in your state or territory and can be broken down by type of authorisation.
Commonwealth-registered marriage celebrants
These celebrants are granted registration and maintained by the Attorney-General’s Department. A list of all authorised Commonwealth-registered marriage celebrants is contained below.
Ministers of religion
These celebrants are regulated by state and territory registries of births, deaths and marriages and their respective religious organisation as listed on the Marriage Proclamation of Recognised Denominations 2007.
The department maintains a list of all Ministers of religion of recognised denominations who perform religious ceremonies.
State and territory officers
These celebrants are authorised by state and territory delegation to perform civil ceremonies. The department maintains a list of all authorised State and territory officers—officers of a court or the Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages.
A prescribed authority may authorise a marriage to be solemnised despite the authorised celebrant receiving the Notice of Intention to Marry (NOIM) within one month of the date of the marriage, which is known as a shortening of time. The department maintains a list of prescribed authorities.