CoCA liaises with the Attorney-General's Department in Canberra on issues in the Celebrancy Sector.
CoCA met with the AG's Department on Tuesday 27th October
In response to these agenda issues raised by CoCA, the Marriage Law and Celebrant Section advised:
The Annual Registration Process. The MLCS stated that 300 celebrants had resigned and 200 had been de-registered for non-payment of the fee by the Charge date.
De-registration caught some celebrants by surprise. The MLCS has no discretion under law ie No payment by the charge date means automatic de-registration.
The Annual Questionnaire. Only approx. 60% of celebrants completed the questionnaire. Whilst this questionnaire was described as optional for celebrants, the Marriage Act requires the Registrar to review all celebrants annually and this questionnaire is one of the ways the Registrar does this.
Concerns were raised that celebrants were not informed prior to the release of the Annual Review Questionnaire that not doing the questionnaire could be seen as failure to assist the Registrar in her duties and recorded on the celebrant's record.
New Fact Sheets
Pop-up weddings and Managing Your Registration as a Commonwealth marriage celebrant are available for download from the MLCS website.
Documentation Verification Service
The MLCS arranged a presentation from the new Documentation Verification Service that aims to tackle identity fraud. The service is a hub that connects various commonwealth and state government databases to check the information provided matches the same individual. Fees apply and requests for checking information must be made through approved providers. This service may be useful for some situations where the celebrant wishes to verify documents.
What are your concerns?
Whether you are a member of a CoCA association or not, you can use our website to let us know what's on your mind.
The Coalition of Celebrant Associations (CoCA) combines the membership of 12 celebrant Associations in Australia and acts in the best interest of celebrancy when liaising with the Marriage Law & Celebrants Section in Canberra.
The Coalition of Celebrant Associations (CoCA) Inc is the peak body for celebrants in Australia. CoCA is an association of celebrant associations spanning the nation. One of CoCA's key roles is to represent Commonwealth marriage celebrants concerns, needs and suggestions to the Attorney-General and the Attorney-General's Department and through it Protocol with the Department to provide advice on the development, implementation and review of the Commonwealth Marriage Celebrant Program.
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