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Becoming a marriage celebrant

A registered marriage celebrant can conduct legal marriages in Australia and ministers of religion are also able to legally marry people in Australia—this does not include conducting civil partnership declaration ceremonies.

There are 3 types of marriage celebrants authorised to marry couples:

  • civil marriage celebrant
  • celebrant of an independent religion—also registered as a civil marriage celebrant
  • religious marriage celebrant.

You can find out how to register as a civil partnership notary to conduct civil partnership declaration ceremonies.

Marriage celebrant duties

After you become qualified as a registered marriage celebrant, you will need to:

How to become a civil marriage celebrant

To become a registered civil marriage celebrant or a celebrant of an independent religion, you will need to apply to the Australian Government.

How to become a religious marriage celebrant

Religions of recognised denominations can have their ministers living in Queensland registered as a religious marriage celebrant through us.

How to apply:

  1. Contact the nominating authority for your recognised denomination.
  2. Get the nominating authority to complete a nomination of minister of religion – application for registration of minister of religion as marriage celebrant from CanPrint Communications.
  3. Sign the completed nomination application form.
  4. Get your nominating authority to write a covering letter on church letterhead for registration as a religious marriage celebrant.
  5. Submit your application form either:
    1. by post to Attention: Marriage Registration Section, Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, PO Box 15188, City East Qld 4002.
    2. in person, on behalf of your nominating authority, at the Brisbane registry customer service centre at Level 32, 180 Ann Street, Brisbane.

For more information

Read more about:

Marriage celebrant's bulletin

Subscribe to our newsletter to get updates and information regarding marriages solemnised in Queensland.

Past issues

Marriage celebrant's bulletin - June 2017

Australian marriage stationery

CanPrint Communications is the Commonwealth of Australia's contracted supplier for marriage stationery.

Please note that marriage stationery can only be purchased by registered marriage celebrants. Your marriage celebrant registration number must be given when purchasing marriage stationery.

Last updated
22 November 2017
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