Important COVID-19 information
Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the Attorney-General’s Department: Find out how our services are being delivered and how you can access them. For the latest COVID-19 news, updates and advice from the Australian Government, visit Australia.gov.au
The department assesses and recommends to the Attorney-General whether to ask the Governor-General to declare a religious organisation to be a recognised denomination under Section 26 of the Marriage Act 1961.
To be used by approved marriage celebrants. Under section 50(3) of the Marriage Act 1961, one of the official certificates of marriage shall be on the reverse side of the paper with the declaration of no legal impediment to marriage.
The Marriage Act provides protections for ministers of religion and religious marriage celebrants to act in accordance with their religious beliefs when solemnising a marriage, or determining whether to solemnise a marriage.