How to get married in Australia?

2020 has been the year of the changes, the year of the adapting to the new reality that we are now living, with it proms and it cons.

During some of the consultation that we have the pleasure to conduct at Get Your Visa, we have seen many different realities from our clients: people have decided to leave Australia for good, to go back home to be close to their families, on the other hand people have also decided to stay in Australia longer than what the original plan was. 

While some couples have gone through difficult times due to Covid circumstances, others have strengthen their relationship. Many were the plans to travel back home to get married last year or this year but things had to change. 

Hence many couple have decided to take the next step in their relationship, getting married in Australia instead of waiting for an indefinite period of time when travelling will be allowed again. 

Here’s our topic for today: what you need to know to get married in Australia


| Before getting married 

Getting married in Australia bureaucratically speaking it is pretty simple. 

First thing to know is that you don’t need to be an Australian Citizen or Permanent resident of Australia to get married down under but let’s see, instead, what it is required to do before and after getting married.

First things to do are:

  • Lodging a Notice of Intended Marriage form with an Authorised Marriage Celebrant at least one month before the wedding day
  • Providing to the Authorised Marriage Celebrant with the following documents:  
  1. Evidence of date and place of birth (Passport or Birth Certificate)
  2. Identity (Passport or diver’s licence)
  3. If married before, proof that a previous marriage has ended (divorce certificate or death certificate)

You will also required to provide two witnesses over the age of 18 years, all the foreign language documents must be officially translated to English


| After getting married 

Once the Marriage has taken place, the Authorised Marriage Celebrant will give you a copy of the Certificate of Marriage on the day (Ceremonial certificate of your marriage). This has to be signed by the newly-weds, the witnesses and the celebrant.

After the marriage, the Authorised Marriage Celebrant has 14 days to submit the required marriage documents to the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages in the state or territory you got married in to enable registration of the marriage.

Once the marriage has been registered, couples can apply to the Registry for their legal marriage certificate.

Here’s the link where you can find more info if you are planning your wedding in Australia


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