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’.
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.
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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