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The Marriage Law and Celebrants Section within the Attorney-General's Department provides information and advice to marrying couples, marriage celebrants and people wishing to become a marriage celebrant.

Our department administers the Australian Government Marriage Celebrants Program, which has approximately 9000 registered celebrants. We are also responsible for the laws setting out the requirements for getting married in Australia. These are the Marriage Act 1961 and Marriage Regulations 2017.

We cannot provide specific legal advice to members of the public, including marriage celebrants. Information about legal assistance programs funded by our department is available on the Legal assistance page.

Marriage equality​

On 9 December 2017, the Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Act 2017 commenced. The Act changes the definition of marriage and provides for marriage equality in Australia. The right to marry in Australia is no longer determined by sex or gender. More information is available on the Marriage equality in Australia page.

Information for couples planning on getting married is available on the Getting married page.

Information for marriage celebrants on the changes to the Marriage Act 1961 and the marriage forms and certificates is available on the Celebrant resources page.

Updates to policies and guidelines

Marriage Celebrants Program Review

The department is conducting the Marriage Celebrants Program Review survey on options to streamline the Marriage Celebrants Program. The survey opens on Tuesday, 1 October and closes on Tuesday, 22 October 2019.

Ongoing professional development and conflict of interest

In 2018, new ongoing professional development requirements for marriage celebrants came into effect. The department also issued new guidelines on conflict of interest and benefit to business. These updates were informed by a consultation process with marriage celebrants. A summary of the feedback received and papers outlining these policies are available on the OPD consultation page.


The Marriage Law and Celebrants Section collects, uses, discloses and stores your personal information in accordance with our obligations under the Privacy Act 1988. For more information on how we use your personal information and who we regularly collect information from, or disclose information to, in the course of managing the Marriage Celebrants Program and our related functions, refer to our disclosure notice under Australian Privacy Principle 5:

Our section handles personal information in accordance with the Attorney-General's Department privacy policy.

If you wish to access or seek correction of your personal information or make an enquiry or complaint about your privacy, contact the departmental Privacy Contact Officer at privacy@ag.gov.au.

Enquiries to the Marriage Law and Celebrants Section

You can contact the Marriage Law and Celebrants Section directly via email at marriagecelebrantssection@ag.gov.au or by completing the form below.


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