Find a marriage celebrant
Lists of authorised marriage celebrants in Australia.
Types of marriage celebrants
You must be married by an authorised marriage celebrant to be legally married in Australia.
There are four types of authorised marriage celebrants:
- Commonwealth-registered marriage celebrants
- Commonwealth-registered religious marriage celebrants
- Ministers of religion who are from a recognised denomination
- State and territory officers
We manage a database of all authorised marriage celebrants.
Commonwealth-registered marriage celebrants
We regulate Commonwealth-registered marriage celebrants.
They generally perform civil ceremonies, which is a non-religious marriage ceremony.
Religious marriage celebrants
We regulate Commonwealth-registered religious marriage celebrants.
These celebrants don’t have to perform ceremonies that do not align with their religious beliefs. But they must say they are a religious marriage celebrant when they advertise their services.
Ministers of religion
Ministers of religion of a recognised religious denomination are managed by:
- the registry of births, deaths and marriages in their state or territory
- their religious organisation
The minister must be part of a recognised religion in Australia.
State and territory officers
State and territory officers are regulated by the registry of births, deaths and marriages in their state or territory.
They perform non-religious marriage ceremonies (civil ceremonies).
Complain about a marriage celebrant
You can complain about a marriage celebrant.
Marriage Law and Celebrants Section
1800 550 343
Outside Australia: +61 2 6141 3111
Fax: 02 6141 3246
3–5 National Circuit BARTON ACT 2600