Coalition of Celebrant Associations

Australia’s Peak Celebrant Body

The Marriage Act and Regulations and more

Marriage celebrant—obligations and responsibilities

Being a celebrant is a special and important role in the community. It also attracts serious obligations and legal responsibilities. Failure to meet those responsibilities can have serious consequences.

This page outlines some important information about the role of a Commonwealth-authorised marriage celebrant.

All-authorised marriage celebrants (Commonwealth celebrants, Recognised Religious celebrants and State Registry Marriage Officers) must:

Commonwealth-authorised marriage celebrant must also:


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