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Notice of Intended Marriage

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Section 42 of the Marriage Act 1961 (the Marriage Act) requires that a marriage shall not be solemnised unless a notice in writing of the intended marriage (this form) is given to the authorised celebrant solemnising the marriage.

Remote witnessing arrangements

The temporary measure introduced during COVID to allow remote witnessing of the Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM) ends on 31 December 2023.

From 1 January 2024:

  • all new NOIMs must only be signed and witnessed in the physical presence of an authorised witness
  • a new NOIM signed and witnessed remotely, via any facility that enables audio and visual communication between persons in different places, will not be valid.

Please note, there are no exceptions to the above.

It is important that all authorised witnesses, including authorised marriage celebrants, comply strictly with the changed legal requirements.