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:
- in a declaration ceremony at
- without a declaration ceremony.
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.
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.
A qualified witness in Australia is a:
- Justice of the Peace
- commissioner for declarations
- barrister or solicitor
- notary public.
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.
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