Information about getting married in Australia.
Who can get married in Australia, and what you need to do before and after you get married.
Rules to get married in Australia
We can provide general guidance on marriage in Australia, but we can’t give you specific legal advice.
For guidance about getting married you should ask us or contact an authorised marriage celebrant.
To get married in Australia, you must:
- not be married
- not be marrying a parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, brother or sister
- be at least 18 years old, unless a court has approved a marriage where 1 person is 16-18 years old
- understand what marriage means and freely agree to marry
- use specific words during the ceremony
- give a notice of intended marriage form to an authorised marriage celebrant at least 1 month and no more than 18 months before your wedding
- be married by an authorised marriage celebrant
You don’t have to be:
- an Australian citizen
- a permanent resident of Australia
If you are not an Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia and you want to live in Australia after your marriage, you should find out about getting a visa.
The right to marry in Australia is no longer determined by sex or gender.
Before you get married
Before you get married, you need to:
- complete a notice of intended marriage form
- give it to an authorised marriage celebrant at least 1 month (but not more than 18 months) before your wedding
Ask your authorised marriage celebrant if you need help with the form.
You can complete it if you are overseas and plan to get married in Australia.
If there is less than 1 month until your wedding, talk to your authorised marriage celebrant. You may be able to get married if a prescribed authority approves it. Reasons for getting married in less than one month include:
- employment-related or travel commitments
- wedding or celebration arrangements
- medical reasons
- legal proceedings
- error in giving notice
Your authorised marriage celebrant will also need:
- evidence of your date and place of birth (birth certificate or passport)
- identity (driver’s licence or passport)
- proof that a previous marriage has ended
Download a Notice of Intended Marriage form
For further guidance on completing the Notice of Intended Marriage form, please see the factsheets below, including examples of completed Notice of Intended Marriage forms using existing scenarios.
- Tips for completing Notices of Intended Marriage
- Fact scenarios and Mock Notice of Intended Marriage examples
After you get married
On your wedding day, three marriage certificates must be signed by:
- you and your spouse
- your authorised marriage celebrant
- two witnesses, who must be over 18 years old
Your authorised marriage celebrant will give you a certificate of marriage on the day. This is a ceremonial certificate of your marriage.
Your celebrant must then (within 14 days of the marriage) submit your marriage paperwork to the registry of births, deaths and marriages in the state or territory you got married in.
You should apply for a copy of your official marriage certificate from the registry. Your celebrant can do this on your behalf, generally at a cost. You will need this if you want to change your name or prove that you are married.
Get married overseas
Smartraveller has information on getting married overseas.
Overseas marriages cannot be:
- performed by an Australian-authorised marriage celebrant
- registered in Australia
An overseas marriage is generally recognised in Australia if it:
- was a valid marriage in the overseas country
- would have been a valid marriage here
You may be able to use your overseas marriage certificate to prove that you got married. However, some states and territories don’t accept overseas marriage certificates if you want to change your name.
For more information, visit your state or territory’s registry of births, deaths and marriages.
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