The legal requirements for getting married in Australia are relatively simple and straightforward.
The following information is intended to be a starting point and guideline only.
Although much care and effort has been taken to ensure the information provided is correct please do not take it as legal advice. I strongly advise you to consult the Embassy or High Commission of Australia for first hand information.
The marriage of UK and Irish citizens conducted in Australia is legally binding under UK and Irish law.
This is also the case for citizens from most other countries wishing to marry in Australia.
There are no minimum residency requirements for getting married in Australia.
You will need to file a completed Notice of Intended Marriage form to an authorised marriage celebrant at least one month and one day prior to the date of your proposed marriage but no more than 18 months before.
A Notice of Intended Marriage form can be lodged from overseas as long as it has been signed in the presence of:
When the signature of one party to an intended marriage cannot conveniently be obtained, one party may sign and lodge a Notice of Intended Marriage form, but the other party must also sign the form in the presence of an authorised celebrant before your marriage takes place.
Once witnessed, the Notice Of Intended Marriage form can be sent to the Marriage Celebrant, Wedding Planner or to friends or relatives in Australia if they are arranging the wedding.
The Marriage Celebrant will advise you of any additional documents you need to supply before your wedding can take place.
Click here to download the Notice of Intended Marriage form.
All documents must be original and taken with you to Australia.
Marriage of any persons under the age of 18 years of age without an order of a judge or magistrate is invalid. Under no circumstances can two persons under 18 years marry each other.
On the day of your marriage, your marriage certificate will be signed by yourselves, the marriage celebrant and two witnesses over 18 years of age. Your marriage certificate will also carry your dates and places of birth, usual addresses and occupations, conjugal status and your parents' names, including your mothers' maiden names.
This certificate will be forwarded to the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages within 14 days for official recordings.
On the day of your marriage you will be issued with a shorter certificate of marriage bearing your, the celebrants and witnesses' signatures, which states that your marriage took place on a certain date but this certificate has no legal weight.
Your legal marriage certificate will be available from the Register of Births, Deaths and Marriages in the State in which your marriage took place.
For further information on the legal requirements for getting married in Australia please contact the Australian Embassy or High Commission.
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