As of 9 December 2017, gender or sex no longer determines who can get married in Australia.
Before you can get married, you must:
– Not be married to someone else
– Not be marrying a parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, brother or sister
– Be at least 18 years old (or have a court order if you are 16 or 17)
– Lodge a Notice of Intended Marriage
– Be married by a registered civil marriage celebrant or an authorised minister of religion
– Have two witnesses.
You don’t have to be an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident in order to get married in Australia.
If you would like information on registered relationships in Australia you can find that here: https://partnervisaco.com.au/register-relationship/
Who can marry you?
Only an authorised celebrant can marry you in Australia. You can search for an authorised celebrant here on the Attorney General’s Department website.
Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM)
You need to lodge your NOIM at least a month and a day before you get married. Usually your celebrant will do this for you.
The form can be found here.
Who can be a witness at your marriage?
You need two witnesses at your wedding ceremony, to:
• Witness the ceremony
• Sign the marriage certificates.
Witnesses can be any family member or friend who is at least 18 years old.