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Entering a civil partnership

To enter into a civil partnership in Queensland, you need to be 18 years 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:

Read about the legal effects of a civil partnership before making your decision.

You do not automatically receive a civil partnership certificate. To get a certificate you need to complete the application form and pay a fee. If you apply for a civil partnership certificate before your civil partnership is registered, we will post the certificate when it is ready.

Learn how to apply for a civil partnership certificate.

Declaration ceremony

Complete and lodge your notice of intention to enter into a civil partnership application form with your registered civil partnership notary and us (if you are not having your declaration ceremony at the Brisbane registry), at least 10 days before your declaration ceremony, and no earlier than 12 months before.

For example, if you lodge your application on 1 February then the declaration ceremony may be held on 12 February or in the 12 months after.

Your civil partnership notary will discuss with you what identity and eligibility documents they need to see. After your ceremony your notary is responsible for registering your civil partnership on your behalf.

If you do not complete the notice of intention to enter into a civil partnership application form with your civil partnership notary, you both must sign the application form in the presence of a qualified witness. You must still lodge it with your notary and show them your identity and eligibility documents.

Register you civil partnership without a declaration ceremony

By law, your civil partnership will not be registered earlier than 10 days after you submit your application. This is called the cooling-off period.

Complete and lodge your register a civil partnership application form with us, along with your identity and eligibility documents.

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 18 years or older
  • neither partner can be married to another person or already in a civil partnership
  • the relationship cannot be with a parent, descendent, sibling or half sibling
  • at least 1 partner must live in Queensland
  • you must both must sign the application form 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.

Identity and eligibility documents

Your registered civil partnership notary must see:

  • proof of ID for both of you
  • evidence that at least 1 of the partners lives in Queensland
  • evidence of any previous divorce or death of any former spouse, if applicable—such as an original divorce or death certificate.

Qualified witnesses

A qualified witness in Australia is a:

A qualified witness outside of Australia is an:

  • Australian diplomatic officer
  • Australian consular officer
  • employee of the Australian government
  • employee of the Australian Trade Commission.

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.

Contact us

Email, we reply to online enquiries within 2 business days.

(Phone lines open Monday–Friday, 8.30am–4.30pm)

Local call* 13 QGOV (13 74 68)
International +61 7 3405 0985 (+10 hours UTC)

*Costs may be higher from mobile phones and interstate.

For more information

To book a ceremony at the Brisbane registry, request an declaration ceremony interview appointment. Interview bookings require 2 business days notice.

Find out how to get Queensland birth certificates or from an interstate and overseas registry.

Read more about what to do if you have been married before.

Get the PDF application form

If you are unable to complete the notice of intention to enter a civil partnership online, you can use the PDF application form and apply by post or in person.

Get the application to register a civil partnership with a declaration ceremony

Last updated
24 October 2016

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