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Ongoing professional development and Guidelines on conflict of interest and benefit to business for Commonwealth-registered marriage celebrants

Consultation

Closing date

In November 2016, the department sought views on ongoing professional development (OPD) requirements and the Guidelines on conflict of interest and benefit to business for Commonwealth-registered marriage celebrants.

The consultation was undertaken through the release of a discussion paper and accompanying online survey on 26 November 2016 which closed on 13 January 2017.

The discussion paper and survey considered options to reduce compliance costs and streamline regulation within the Marriage Celebrants Programme (the Programme) so that management of the Programme is more efficient and cost effective. The survey sought feedback on ongoing professional development (OPD) requirements and conflict of interest and benefit to business guidelines for Commonwealth-registered marriage celebrants. In relation to OPD, the paper sought feedback to help the department ensure that the OPD framework is achieving its objectives with minimum impact on celebrants.

Survey results and submissions

The online survey on OPD and the Guidelines on conflict of interest and benefit to business for Commonwealth registered marriage celebrants closed on 13 January 2017.

Stakeholders were also invited to provide further comments in relation to the issues set out in the discussion paper, via submissions to the department. Submissions were accepted until 13 January 2017.

Survey results – Ongoing professional development

Submission
Results from the 2017 online survey seeking views on ongoing professional development (OPD) requirements for Commonwealth-registered marriage celebrants.

Survey results – Conflict of interest and benefit to business

Submission
Results from the 2017 online survey seeking views on the Guidelines on conflict of interest and benefit to business requirements for Commonwealth-registered marriage celebrants.

Submissions received for the OPD and Guidelines for Commonwealth-registered marriage celebrants consultation

Submission
In November 2016, the department sought views on ongoing professional development (OPD) requirements and the Guidelines on conflict of interest and benefit to business for Commonwealth-registered marriage celebrants. Submissions received by the department are available, unless provided in confidence.

Outcomes

Following consultation with Commonwealth-registered celebrants and other key stakeholders, the department’s position on OPD is set out in the following papers.

Ongoing professional development for Commonwealth-registered marriage celebrants in 2018 and beyond

Consultation or review
This paper was developed following consultation with celebrants, their representatives, training organisations and other key stakeholders including state and territory registries of births, deaths and marriages (BDMs) and aspiring marriage celebrants.

Position paper on conflict of interest and benefit to business for Commonwealth-registered marriage celebrants

Consultation or review
This paper explains the department’s new policy, which reflects submissions received on the discussion paper and responses to the online survey

The Guidelines on conflict of interest and benefit to business have been amended to reflect the new policy position.

Guidelines on conflict of interest and benefit to business for Commonwealth-registered marriage celebrants

Guidelines
These guidelines are intended to assist celebrants to identify, disclose and avoid conflicts of interest and benefits to business that may be of concern to the Registrar.

Contact details

Marriage Law and Celebrants Section
3-5 National Circuit
BARTON ACT 2600
1800 550 343
marriagecelebrantssection@ag.gov.au