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Marriage equality

The Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Act 2017 commenced on 9 December 2017. This Act amended the Marriage Act 1961 to redefine marriage as 'the union of 2 people to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life'. More information is available on the Marriage equality in Australia page.

See below for fact sheets on the changes for marriage equality.

Marriage Act 1961 and Marriage Regulations 2017


The Guidelines on the Marriage Act 1961 for authorised celebrants contains essential information on solemnising marriages.

From 4 May to 4 June 2018, the Attorney-General's Department sought feedback on the guidelines which were revised following amendments to the Marriage Act in December 2017 for marriage equality and the commencement of the Marriage Regulations 2017 from 1 April 2018. The feedback received has been incorporated into the guidelines. Thank you to all who provided feedback. The July 2014 guidelines have now been replaced by these guidelines:

The Guidelines on Conflict of interest and benefit to business help celebrants to identify, disclose and avoid a potential conflict of interest or benefit to a business.

The Guidelines on advertising for Commonwealth-registered marriage celebrants provides advice on how to develop your advertising material. These guidelines have been updated for marriage equality.

To seek an exemption from ongoing professional development (OPD) obligations you must meet the criteria outlined in the Guidelines for Exemption from OPD.

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The Marriage Celebrant Matters newsletter updates celebrants with important news and events.

Marriage stationery and forms

Forms for use under the Marriage Act 1961 and the Marriage Regulations 2017 can be found on the Marriage forms page.

Fact sheets

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