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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:

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.

Learn how to apply for a civil partnership certificate.

Declaration ceremony

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 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 form. This is called the cooling-off period.

Complete and submit your register a civil partnership application form with us, along with your proof of ID 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 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.

Contact us

Email bdm-mail@justice.qld.gov.au, we reply to online enquiries within 2 business days.

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

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

*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
21 April 2017

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