Who can get married?
Marriage in Australia is ‘the union of two people to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life’. Any 2 people, may marry in Australia providing you are both over the age of 18 and not legally married.
What documents do I need?
All couples must complete the ‘Notice of Intended Marriage’ no less than one month and one day (a calendar month) prior to marriage. This form can be downloaded from the following link: NOIM Form.
Once this document has been completed and the initial waiting period has passed, you’ll be free to marry whenever you wish.
The NOIM is a legal document which declares your intention to marry, and your freedom to do so. I will need to see documents confirming proof of date of birth and marital status as follows:
• Birth Certificate or Passport
• Statutory declaration, if neither of the above is available
• Decree absolute or death certificate in the case of divorce or widowhood.
How many witnesses do we need and can they be related to us?
You need two witnesses present at your Marriage Ceremony who are over the age of 18. Any person can act as a witness, even your parents. The Celebrant, however, cannot act as a witness.