Information for marriage celebrants

As a marriage celebrant, you must follow all the rules in the Marriage Act 1961 and the Marriage Regulations 2017, including the code of practice for marriage celebrants.

The Guidelines on the Marriage Act 1961 can help celebrants understand the requirements for solemnising marriage under the Marriage Act.

Responsibilities of a marriage celebrant - Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department website.

Registration of marriages

All marriage ceremonies performed in South Australia must be registered with Births, Deaths and Marriages.

Marriage celebrants need to submit the following documents to Births, Deaths and Marriages within 14 days of the ceremony:

Marriage documents can be posted to:

Births, Deaths and Marriages
GPO Box 1351
Adelaide SA 5001

How to become a marriage celebrant

To legally marry people in Australia, you must be an authorised marriage celebrant.

To become a civil marriage celebrant, contact the Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department.

To become a religious marriage celebrant, contact the nominating authority of your denomination.

Contact Births, Deaths and Marriages

Phone: 131 882
International: +61 8 8204 8532

GPO Box 1351
Adelaide SA 5001

Contact Births, Deaths and Marriages

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