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Modernise Civil Celebrant

You can view the FAQs directly from the Attorney Generals website by clicking on the following photo;

What are the requirements for getting married?

It is required by law that couples wishing to get married provide at least 1 clear calendar month and 1 day before the wedding ceremony can occur.

The application is completed on a Form 13 Notice of Intended Marriage (N.O.I.M) with an authorised celebrant.

The application is valid for 18 months.

For example, you complete the NOIM on the 1st March, provided all the legal documentation is in order and you meet the criteria on that day then you can not legally get married until the 2nd April.

What do we need to produce to the Celebrant?

Both parties will need the following;

* Original Birth Certificate (Australian Citizens must have original or certified copy)

* Original Birth Certificate or Passport (for non-Australian citizens)

* Divorce certificate or your previous marriage (if applicable)

* Death certificate of your previous spouse in your previous marriage (if


* Evidence of a court Nullity or dissolution of previous marriage (if applicable)

* Photo Identification (Drivers License, Passport, Proof of Age card)

* Statutory Declaration (should you not have access of a birth certificate or


* Court Approval and written parental consent if under the age of 18 years

Shortening of time applications

It is possible to apply for a shortening of time of less than a month and a day if you meet one of the five types of criteria listed in the Marriage Regulations (1963). See the Attorney-General's Department website. You will have to apply to a prescribed authority to get approval. Your application will be considered based on the evidence provided.

Requirements to getting married (you must meet all of the following)

* Neither of you are married to another person

* Neither of you are in a prohibited relationship (see below for details of

prohibited relationships)

* Both of you are of marriageable age (18+) or you have been approved with

a court order and parental consent

* There is no circumstance that would be a legal impediment to the marriage

What is a prohibited relationship?

In accordance with the Marriage Act 1961, under paragraph 23B(1)(b), A Marriage is void where the parties are within a prohibited relationship:

Prohibited relationships are Marriages:

* Between a person and an ancestor or descendant

* An ancestor is someone from whom a person is descended (i.e. Parent or


* A descendant is someone descended from the person (child / grandchild)or

* Between a person and their brother or sister (whether whole or half-blood)

including adopted children also

* Same sex marriages (Unfortunately until the Laws change)

Privacy Policy

I recognise the importance of ensuring that your personal information held is treated confidentially and all personal information is only collected, disclosed, used and stored in accordance with the Privacy Act and Marriage Act 1961.

Use and disclosure of personal information

Any personal information that we collect will only be used and disclosed for the purpose for which it has been provided to us. No personal information will be disclosed to external service providers unless I have discussed with you and gained your permission first.

Please note: Should one of your family or friends contact me requesting information or bridal party names, I will not be able to disclose such information and will refer them back to yourselves for this information.

Family Relationships Services

The Celebrants obligation. It is the Celebrants obligation in accordance with paragraph 42 (5A) of the Marriage Act 1961 that Celebrants must offer couples a Form 14a flyer called “Happily Ever... Before and After”. This flyer discusses important information for people planning to marry, what it means to be married and the expectations by individuals, marriage education and counselling.

The flyer also goes through aspects of life and perhaps considerations that you may have not thought about previously, once married these would include Changing your name, Taxation after marriage, making a will, joint ownership and legal obligations that marriage brings with growing statistics of divorce, communication between the couple is a must for the longevity of the relationship and there is nothing wrong in seeking help or counselling along the way. In fact it’s the healthiest and most mature way to go about it to get the most out of your marriage. Nothing beats a happy family.

Current Relationship Providers in Perth

1. Relationships Australia - 1300 364 277

2. Anglicare WA - 9263 2050

3. FRSA – Family & Relationship Services Australia – 9325 7033 /

A popular course that Relationships Australia offer is a course called ‘Together Forever’ and is conducted over a weekend and costs approx $160 per couple.

This course is for couples either already living together or planning to marry or live together permanently. With the aim of improving mutual understanding, communication and intimacy, this course is an investment in your future happiness.

Topics include

•effects of family of origin on expectations, attitudes and behaviours

•needs of both the individuals and the couple as a whole, i.e. the needs of the two separate ‘I’ and the ‘We’

•communication skills, including an awareness of each other’s actions that block communication

•using the Awareness Wheel as a tool for communication

•the part anger plays in relationships

•positive attitudes around conflict and the tools to ensure a win/win outcome

•the four stages of relationship and the subsequent tasks

•the five love languages and ways to increase and maintainintimacy

•the need to make prime time for each other, for the ‘We’ cooperative goal setting.

This course is a useful adjunct to the Prepare/EnrichQuestionnaire, which is a one-on-one three-hour session with couples.

Should you have any further queries, please feel free to contact me via email [email protected] or 0433 212 315