Marriage equality

From Saturday 9 December 2017, all Australians regardless of sex or gender will have the right to be married in Australia.

This marriage equality is a result of the commencement of the Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Act 2017. This Act amended the Marriage Act 1961 to redefine marriage as ‘the union of 2 people to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life’.

Getting married

If you would like to be married at the Brisbane registry or at a Queensland courthouse, notices can be lodged in person during business hours from Monday 11 December 2017.

The conditions for a valid marriage have not changed. The Act requires a couple to wait at least one month to marry after giving an authorised celebrant a completed notice of intended marriage.

For more information on how this relates to other civil and religious marriages refer to the federal Attorney-General's Department.

Civil partnership

We will still offer civil partnerships. The changes to the Marriage Act will not invalidate a civil partnership.

There is no plan to recognise a civil partnership as a marriage.

If a same-sex couple were in a civil partnership, they could choose to marry their partner in Australia or remain in a civil partnership. Any civil partnership would end upon marriage.

For more information

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