Your responsibilities as a marriage celebrant
Understand the rules to be a marriage celebrant and download guides.
Rules for Commonwealth-registered marriage celebrants
Commonwealth-registered marriage celebrants play an important role in our communities.
As a celebrant, you have legal responsibilities you must follow. If you don’t, you could face serious consequences.
You must follow all the rules in the:
- Marriage Act 1961
- Marriage Regulations 2017 (including the code of practice for marriage celebrants)
Download the code of practice:
Guides to help you understand the rules
We manage the Marriage Celebrant Program in Australia. Through the program, we aim to help you understand your responsibilities and how to meet them.
Our guides contain essential information on how to meet your responsibilities as a Commonwealth-registered marriage celebrant. We cannot provide legal advice.
Download a guide to the Marriage Act 1961:
Checklist for solemnising a marriage:
Rules about accepting electronic copies of documents:
- Marriage Celebrants in an Online Environment June 2019
- Quick Reference Guide – Celebrants in an Online Environment – June 2019
Notice of Intended Marriage fact sheet:
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
Correcting marriage documentation fact sheet:
For guidance on how to amend information or correct errors made on marriage documentation please read the fact sheet on correcting marriage documentation.
We also provide guidance on how to advertise your services as a marriage celebrant. This includes rules you must follow and tips for offering your services.
Download the advertising guidelines:
Tell us about a conflict of interest
You must tell us if there is a potential conflict of interest between your role as a marriage celebrant and:
- your interests in a business
- your interests in another area
Examples of this would be if you:
- help people migrate to Australia and want to be or are already a registered celebrant
- operate a wedding venue and want to be or are already a registered celebrant
Download the guidelines on how to recognise a conflict of interest:
- Guidelines on conflict of interest and benefit to business for Commonwealth-registered marriage celebrants – Updated April 2018
Complete your ongoing professional development (OPD)
As a registered marriage celebrant, you must complete 5 hours of OPD every year.
- activities we set
- activities you choose
You may be disciplined if you don’t complete these requirements.
Keep us updated
You must write to us within 30 days to tell us about:
- changes to your contact details
- an event that, if it had occurred before you were registered, would have meant you might not be registered (such as a criminal offence)
Find out how to update your details in the self-service portal.
Pay the annual registration charge
There is an annual charge to remain a registered marriage celebrant (this has been waived for the 2020-21 financial year).
If you don’t pay the charge you will be deregistered, unless you are exempt.
Learn more about costs for marriage celebrants.
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