Legal Information & Notice of Intent to Marry

Part of my job as a wedding celebrant is to ensure all of the legal documents for marriage are all in order and have been completed to the satisfaction of the NSW Dept. of Births, Deaths & Marriages, so your civil marriage registration can go smoothly and without a hiccup.

Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM)

If you’re getting married in Australia, the law requires that you sign and lodge with me the Notice of Intended Marriage, which essentially acts as evidence of your intent to marry. This form must be signed one calendar month prior to the wedding. You can submit your Notice in person, via email or mail, but you must bring the original Notice with you when you meet with me. The NOIM form will remain active for 18 calendar months from the date of submission. You must be over 18 years of age to marry in Australia.

Download Notice of Intended Marriage

Click on the link to download and fill out your notice of intended marriage form – please note that it needs to be signed in my presence.

  • Please print page 2 and 3
  • Feel free to contact me if you need further assistance

Partner Immigration/De Facto Visa in Australia

All overseas couples on a partner or marriage visa planning to marry in Australia and gain permanent residency must also sign a Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM) one month before the wedding. The NOIM is valid for 18 months. The form can be signed in countries outside of Australia. Some couples will require a “Letter For Immigration”.

When making a booking for a future wedding a non refundable lodgement fee of $200 is required, which covers lodging the Notice of Intended Marriage and the Letter for Immigration if the circumstance requires one. Please note – celebrants cannot provide advice on immigration.

Getting Married in Australia – Legal Requirements

Marriage law states that if you are Australian born you must show your Birth Certificate or Australian Passport + Driver’s Licence or Photo I.D card. If born outside Australia you are required to show your Birth Certificate + English translation or Passport from your country of birth + Driver’s Licence. You do not have to show a birth certificate if you have a passport.

If either of you have been married before you have to show your Divorce Decree Absolute papers and/or if either of your spouses are deceased, you must produce the Death Certificate.

On the day of your marriage you must have two witnesses over the age of 18.

  • If divorced in Australia you can apply for Proof of Divorce here
  • If you were divorced overseas you will need to contact the court where the divorce was processed.
  • Need help locating overseas documents? Try this link to the Department of Foreign Affairs Consular List: Consulate Protocols

Marriage Education

It is my professional duty to inform you of the availability of the following preparatory courses for marriage. The Attorney General also suggests that you attend one, however they are not compulsory.

interrelate
anglicare
baptistcare
Interrelate

Phone: 02 9745 5544
Web: www.interrelate.org.au
Sydney locations in Kirrawee and Norwest

Anglicare

Web: www.anglicare.org.au
Phone: 13 26 22

BCS Lifecare

Web: www.bcs.org.au
Phone: 1300 130 225
Sydney locations in Bankstown, Campbelltown and Penrith

Code of Conduct

In recent years the market place has been flooded with Celebrants, how do you find a good one?
Well of course I would like you to hire me as your celebrant, I’m experienced and a professional full time celebrant who has conducted hundreds of weddings. It’s a great job and many hope to become full time celebrants however the reality is the average amount of wedding available per celebrant is 7 each per year, so most will only conduct a few weddings a year becoming the “my mum has a friend who is a celebrant that will do it for hardly anything”. When a couple has spent $1000’s on the rest of the wedding is the person who actually carries out the act of making your marriage legal really the place to save on costs?
Internet forums are awash with horror stories of celebrants who are nervous and unprofessional, who get names wrong, forget to lodge the wedding certificates. In 2011, 2000 wedding registrations were incorrectly lodged causing the Attorney Generals Office to look at the quality of Training Organizations responsible for churning out an oversupply of slap dash celebrants. Experience is important in this profession. Fortunately in 2014 new procedures have been put in place to monitor celebrants more closely.

Choosing a Celebrant

Experience is something to look for as well as a back ground in performance or public speaking roles, look for someone who has had a lifetime of feeling confident in the public arena. Personality match, go with a celebrant who you feel comfortable with. You need to feel listened to and also understand quickly what your celebrant is communicating to you. Trust is a huge part of the relationship with your celebrant, you are in their hands on the day and need to feel certain they will show up on time and do the job to the very best of their abilities. This again is where performance skills are important. The discipline of a life spent being on time no matter how you feel or whats going on in your personal life is something all performers are used to and have the personalities who can deal with responsibility of delivering to an audience, in this case your family & friends.

After that the usual question is will your celebrant be heard, by law a celebrant must provide a Public Address system, mine is a quality powerful system with iPhone input to play your favourite wedding songs. I also take pride in having never been late to a ceremony ever! I understand that certainty is the best stress relieve to nervous couples, I am Sydney born and bred, know this city inside and out and am blessed with a fantastic sense of direction ( oh and google maps ).

Application of the Code of Conduct

Celebrants are bound by laws to ensure they give the best service possible and adhere to the laws of Australia. Celebrants are bound by a code of conduct that all couples may ask for when first enlisting the services of a celebrant. This Code of Practice applies to marriage celebrants (being persons registered under Subdivision C of Division 1 of Part IV of the Marriage Act 1961).Note:

Under paragraph 39I(1)(b) of the Marriage Act 1961, if the Registrar of Marriage Celebrants is satisfied that a marriage celebrant has not complied with an obligation under section 39G of that Act, including this Code of Practice, the Registrar may take disciplinary measures against the marriage celebrant.

2 High standard of service.Marriage celebrants must maintain a high standard of service in his or her professional conduct and practice.

3 Recognition of significance of marriage. Marriage celebrants must recognise the social, cultural and legal significance of marriage and the marriage ceremony in the Australian community, and the importance of strong and respectful family relationships.

4 Compliance with the Marriage Act and other laws. Marriage celebrants must:(a) solemnize marriages according to the legal requirements of the Marriage Act 1961 (Cth); and(b) observe the laws of the Commonwealth and of the State or Territory where the marriage is to be solemnized; and(c) prevent and avoid unlawful discrimination in the provision of marriage celebrancy services.

5 General requirements for marriage ceremonies. Marriage celebrants must respect the importance of the marriage ceremony to the parties and the other persons organising the ceremony. To that end, the marriage celebrant must do the following:(a) give the parties information and guidance to enable them to choose or compose a marriage ceremony that will meet their needs and expectations;b) respect the privacy and confidentiality of the parties;(c) maintain appropriate facilities to interview parties and provide office facilities, including facilities for the secure storage of records;d) within a reasonable time before the marriage ceremony:(i) confirm all details with the parties; and(ii) ensure the return of all personal documents belonging to the parties (unless it is necessary to keep the documents for the ceremony); and(iii) sign any necessary declarations;e) if requested by the parties, conduct a marriage ceremony rehearsal;f) ensure that his or her personal presentation is of an appropriate standard for the marriage ceremony, and respect the expectations of the parties in relation to the ceremony;(g) make efforts to ensure that the marriage ceremony is audible to all those present (using audio equipment, if required);(h) ensure accuracy in the preparation of documents, and in the conduct of the marriage ceremony;(i) arrive at the venue for the marriage ceremony no later than the time agreed with the parties;(j) if the marriage celebrant has agreed to perform more than one marriage ceremony on the same day:(i) ensure that the parties to each marriage receive a level of service that meets their separate and special requirements; and(ii) be available at the venue for each marriage ceremony at least 20 minutes before the agreed commencement of each ceremony (unless, in the case of consecutive ceremonies, the ceremonies are to be held at the same venue);(k) ensure that all relevant documents are completed and sent to the appropriate registering authority within 14 days after the marriage ceremony, as required by section 50 of the Marriage Act 1961;(l) in relation to the provision of marriage services, accept evaluative comment from the parties, and use any comments to improve performance;(m) give the parties information about how to notify the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department of any concerns or complaints they may have regarding the marriage services provided by the marriage celebrant.

6 Knowledge and understanding of family relationships services.Marriage celebrants must:(a) maintain an up-to-date knowledge about appropriate family relationships services in the community; and(b) inform parties about the range of information and services available to them to enhance, and sustain them throughout, their relationship.