Entering a civil partnership
Adult couples of any sex can enter into a civil partnership in Queensland—you need to be 18 or older and at least 1 partner must live in Queensland.
You will need to decide how you would like to enter your civil partnership. You can do this:
- in a declaration ceremony at
- without a declaration ceremony.
Read about the legal effects of a civil partnership before making your decision.
We do not automatically send a certificate when a civil partnership is registered, you need to buy one. If you apply for a civil partnership certificate before your partnership is registered, we will post the certificate as soon as the registration has been processed.
Complete your notice of intention to enter into a civil partnership application form with your registered civil partnership notary. If you are not having your declaration ceremony at the Brisbane registry, send us a copy after your notary completes their declaration on the application form.
Your notice must be received by your civil partnership notary, at least 10 full days before your declaration ceremony, and no earlier than 12 months before. For example, if your notary receives your application on 1 February, the declaration ceremony may be held on 12 February or in the 12 months after.
Your civil partnership notary will discuss with you what proof of ID and eligibility documents they need to see. After your ceremony your notary is responsible for registering your civil partnership on your behalf.
If you are unable to complete the notice of intention to enter into a civil partnership application form with your civil partnership notary, both partners must sign the application form in the presence of a qualified witness. You must still give it to your notary, send a copy to us and show your notary proof of ID and eligibility documents.
Register your civil partnership without a declaration ceremony
By law, your civil partnership will not be registered earlier than 10 days after you submit your application form. This is called the cooling-off period.
What the law says
Any eligible adult couple, regardless of their sex can enter into a civil partnership.
To be eligible:
- both partners must
- be over 18
- not be married or already in a civil partnership (formerly called registered relationships)
- it cannot be a prohibited relationship with a parent, descendent, sibling or half sibling
- at least 1 partner must live in Queensland
- the application form must be signed with your civil partnership notary or in the presence of a qualified witness
- all your documents must be in English or supplied with accredited translations as well as to the original document
- your declaration ceremony, if applicable, must
- include at least 1 witness over 18 years
- be carried out by a registered civil partnership notary
- have an interpreter present if 1 or both partners cannot understand or speak English.
Translating and interpreting service
Documents that are not in English must be translated into English. Contact the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) to seek assistance.
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