Before tying the knot, it’s important to know the legalities of getting married in Australia.
Read the below information to ensure that your marriage in Australia is binding here and overseas.
Do I need to be a citizen to get married in Australia?
Short answer, no. While you don’t need to be a citizen to get married in Australia, you do need to follow the legal requirements of Australian citizens when they get married locally.
Please Note: If you are an international couple that is considering de facto or partnership immigration, that is, gaining permanent residency in Australia following your marriage, you will still need to sign a NOIM prior to getting married in Australia.
Click on the link to download and fill out your Notice of Intended Marriage form
Note: Your form must be signed in my presence.
Getting married in Australia is a fairly simple process, even for those born outside of Australia.
Step 1: NOIM Form (Notice of Intended Marriage)
A NOIM is a Notice of Intended Marriage form that must be signed by both partners one month prior to your wedding. Australian marriage law states that, regardless of your country of birth, you must sign the NOIM and have your nominated celebrant submit it. The NOIM is valid for 18 months.
Step 2: Additional paperwork
If you plan to gain permanent residency in Australia after the wedding, some countries require some extra paperwork in addition to the NOIM. Some countries may need you to submit a ‘Letter for Immigration’ for the Australian Government. To see whether this paperwork applies to you, visit www.homeaffairs.gov.au.
Step 3: Proof of identification
Both for Australian-born couples, both parties are required to show their birth certificates or passports, driver’s licence or photo I.D card. For those born outside of Australia, your birth certificate is required with an English translation, or passport from your country of birth as well as your driver’s licence.
Step 4: Second marriage couples
If either partner has been married previously, marriage law requires you to show your Divorce Decree Absolute papers. Similarly, if a previous spouse is deceased, a Death Certificate is required.
Step 5: Witnesses
This part is easy. Get two of your closest friends (if eloping, this can be the photographer on the day or your very closest family members) who are both over 18 and can sign as witnesses of your wedding. These people will need to be present on the day.
As your celebrant, I can help provide a fun, loving and memorable ceremony.
But my most important job is to make sure all legal requirements are met.
As a part of my fees, I provide you with advice and support to ensure all marriage law requirements have been adhered to. I’ll even submit all paperwork on your behalf!
I have years of experience working with clients from overseas and from Noosa surrounds who have their unique, sunny destination wedding in Australia. With my help, the process is smooth, quick and easy.
Before commencing the legal process, I’ll sit down with you and your partner to understand what legal requirements you need to adhere to when getting married in Australia. Whether you’re after a traditional wedding or an intimate elopement, I’m here to help.
If you aren’t available for a face-to-face meeting, that’s fine too!
I am available to speak to you over Skype and/or phone to discuss all the requirements in advance of your destination wedding to ensure everything goes according to plan on your special day.
Don’t commit to a thing. Let’s just chat about how I might be able to help.
Wedding celebrants don’t just service their hometown; a good wedding celebrant will travel to you!
Primarily located in Noosa, I’m available to travel to where you want to hold your ceremony within a reasonable distance.
Better to grab a wedding celebrant early and get it out of the way.
Let me take care of the dry legal stuff while you enjoy the good stuff.
Decided to take the plunge? Leave the rest to me!
Let’s make your ceremony unforgettable, no matter how many champagnes you have.
Got a vision for your wedding? I’d love to hear it.