99.5% of respondents were authorised marriage celebrants.
91% offer general ceremonies such as namings, renewals, anniversaries, birthdays.
63% offer funeral, memorials or other loss related celebrancy services.
82 % of respondents were female
18% of respondents were female.
6.38% of marriage celebrants respondents were under 40
11% of marriage celebrants respondents were between 40 and 50
82.62% of marriage celebrants respondents were over 50
87% of respondents reside in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia
29.5 % of respondents reside in Victoria (compares with 25.2% Vic population)
24.5 % of respondents reside in New South Wales (compares with 32.0% NSW population)
18 % of respondents reside in Queensland (compares with 20.1% QLD population)
15 % of respondents reside in Western Australia (compares with 10.8% WA population)
13% of respondents reside in South Australia, Tasmania, ACT and Northern Territory
8.2 % of respondents reside in South Australia (compares with 7.1% SA population)
2.7 % of respondents reside in Tasmania (compares with 2.2% TAS population)
1.4 % of respondents reside in ACT (compares with 1.6 % ACT population
0.7 % of respondents reside in Northern Territory (compares with 1.0% NT population)
50.7 % of respondents perform the majority of ceremonies in Capital city and suburbs
50.5 % of respondents perform the majority of ceremonies in Regional city & suburbs or Regional towns or villages
4.3 % of respondents perform the majority of ceremonies in Rural / remote area or Off shore islands
Note: F&P = Fit and proper persons; COI/B2B = Conflict of Interest/ Business to Business
3% of respondents between 1985 to 1994 (* as above plus age over 35?)
5.5% of respondents authorised between 1995 to 2002 (* as above plus fee deregulated)
53% of respondents authorised between 2003 to June 2010 (One unit of Cert IV in Marriage Celebrancy + F&P)
25% of respondents between July 2010 to June 2014 (Cert IV in Celebrancy + F&P)
12 % of respondents between July 2014 to June 2016 (Cert IV in Celebrancy + F&P)
0.5% not applicable
Three quarters of all marriage celebrants (75.8%) reported doing less than 20 weddings in the previous year.
About 25% of marriage celebrants reporting doing between 20 and 100 weddings
46% of respondents conducted 5 or less other ceremonies in theprevious year.
22%of marriage celebrants surveyed reported conducting 6 to 100conducted other ceremonies in the previous year.
11% ofcelebrants surveyed conducted 6 to 10 other ceremonies in the previousyear.
11% celebrantssurveyed conducted 11 to 100 other ceremonies inthe previous year.
1.4 %of respondents conducted over 100 other ceremonies in the previous year.
56% of respondents charged less than or about the same as their registry office
74% of respondents charged less than or about the same as their registry office
One off unique ceremony, with original text, rituals, choreography
62% of respondents charged less or about the same as their registry office
76.5 % of respondents noted celebrancy was not a major source of their income.
41 % of respondents indicated marriage work was 90-100% of their celebrancy income
14 % of respondents indicated marriage work was 100% of their celebrancy income
8 % of respondents indicated marriage work was 0% of their celebrancy income
60 % of respondents indicated namings and general ceremonies was 10% of their celebrancy income
17% of respondents indicated namings and general ceremonies work was less than 40% of their celebrancy income
17 % of respondents indicated namings & general ceremonies was 0% of their celebrancy income
56% of respondents indicated Funerals & Loss ceremonies work was 10 % to 90% of celebrancy income
8.5 % of respondents indicated Funerals & Loss ceremonies work was 90 to 100% of celebrancy income
37.5 % of respondents had other resources/ retirement income
22 % of respondents had paid work 38 hours per week or more
30.5 % of respondents had paid work less than 38 hours per week
More than three quarters (77.91%) of independent celebrants' income from all ceremonies is less than $20,000 pa gross
Less than two percent (1.4 %) make over $75,000 pa gross i.e. close to average gross wage from all their weddings, funerals and other ceremony work.
9 % of respondents expected quarter an average income from only marriage work
65 % of respondents expected some income from only marriage work
47.5 % of respondents wanted all types of ceremony work, inc, funerals/ memorials
20.5 % of respondents wanted only wedding ceremonies
12 % of respondents wanted only more general ceremonies
1.5% of respondents did not want more weddings, but more funerals/memorials
18.5 % of respondents did not want more ceremonies
Over ninety (92.2%) percentage of marriage ceremonies had more than 25 quests
The remaining couples married by respondents were 50:50 between couples where
- residents of Australia had married overseas then wanting a second Australian wedding ceremony and
- non-residents of Australia arriving from overseas for destination weddings
Between 80-100% of respondents' couples were marrying for first time for both parties
The remaining couples married by respondents where divided between couples where
• it was a second or subsequent marriage second for one party to the marriage or
• a second or subsequent marriage for both parties to the marriage
where the latter was slightly less common than the former (54:46)
Given that the contacts from phone, text or email are a secondary source (ie require the celebrant’s number or email being found somewhere)
- 63% from word of mouth referral and
- 37% from newer technologies.
About half of all couples agree to working with the celebrant to design a personal ceremony just for them
About forty percent (38.98%) of couples accept the type of ceremony the celebrant offers
Less than 3% (2.8%) of couples have firm ideas about their ceremonies
About one quarter (26.4%) of couples ask for guidance
Celebrants surveyed valued professional celebrant associations
Firstly for their interaction with government:
• for updated information on changes to marriage laws:
• lobbying for improvements to the Marriage Celebrant Program;
• lobbying for improvements to the Marriage Act; and
• for providing professional guidance to celebrancy training and professional development programs
Secondly for celebrancy related information and support
• providing peer support;
• for networking with other celebrants;
• for keeping up to date with trends in weddings, funerals and other ceremonies
• for resources on ceremonies
• for mentoring
Thirdly for professional/ business related support services:
• for discounts on OPD, stationery, insurance, copyright and related services
• for advertising on their celebrant directories
• for advice on business, marketing and related matters
• for generating more opportunities for celebrancy related work
Three quarters (74.84%) of the celebrants surveyed belonged to a professional celebrant association
The main reason given for not belonging to an association by tose celebrants surveyed was not doing enough ceremonies
80% ofcelebrants surveyed belonged to a CoCA celebrant association
87% of celebrants surveyedconsidered their celebrant association offered value for money
82% of celebrants surveyeddoes your association were provided advice and support on ceremonies by their celebrant association
The main discounts offered by surveyed celebrants' associations were for celebrant insurance,OPD and celebrant copyright licence.
80% ofcelebrants surveyed belonged to one celebrant association
18% of celebrantssurveyed belonged to two celebrant associations
3% of celebrantssurveyed belonged to three or more celebrant associations
51% ofcelebrants surveyed had taken a CAL copyright licence
24% of celebrants surveyed were not sure if they had a CAL copyright licence
75% ofcelebrants surveyed had Celebrant Professional Indemnity and Public Liability insurance cover
Morecelebrants had group (47%) Celebrant Professional Indemnity and PublicLiability insurance cover than Individual (30%) cover
19% were not sure whether their cover covered them individually or a group of celebrants on their policy.
84%those celebrants surveyed considered that their OPD to be satisfactory toexcellent for meeting their priority needs and to strenghen existing skills
80% those celebrants surveyedconsidered that their ability to learn new skills in OPD to be satisfactoryto excellent.
77% those celebrants surveyedconsidered access to the latest trends in marriage and other ceremonies n OPD to be satisfactory to excellent.
LOVE:Same Sex unions, ceremonies for LGBTIQ people,commitment ceremonies andmarriage vow renewals wereranked the most important for those celebrantssurveyed (42-68%)
LOSS:Loss related ceremonies - funerals,memorials, interments/ scattering of ashes, divorce or new beginnings - were ranked the second most important for those celebrantssurveyed (29-55%)
LIFE: General ceremonies were ranked the thrid in importantce for those celebrants surveyed(11-19%), with the exception of namings (45%), were ranked as the third most important groups
Ceremony Design and Delivery: Planning a ceremony for any occasion, creative writing, celebrant presentation and performance skills and the application of psychological, social and cultural knowledge to ceremonies, ranked the top priority for those celebrants surveyed (35-48%)
Business Skills: Small business planning and evaluation, marketing analysis, networking, organisation and management, research skills and building client rapport were ranked as their third priority for those celebrants surveyed (11-19%)
23% of surveyed celebrants did not know if professional celebrant associations could be more involved in the approval and provision of ongoing professional development activities as is the case in other professions.
7% of surveyed celebrants thought professional celebrant associations could not be more involved in the approval and provision of ongoing professional development activities as is the case in other professions.
64% of surveyed celebrants would like some educationalactivities from Universities, CAE’s, TAFE, continuingeducation centres etc. approved as elective OPD optionsavailable to marriage celebrants
21%of surveyed celebrants do not know whether they would like some educational activities fromUniversities, CAE’s, TAFE, continuingeducation centres etc.approved as elective OPD optionsavailable to marriage celebrants
12% of surveyedcelebrants would not like some educational activities from Universities,CAE’s, TAFE, continuing education centres etc. approved as elective OPD options available to marriage celebrants
Ongoing professionaldevelopment, marriage law, and marriage celebrantregulation weretopics the first group of topics that celebrants surveyedwere willing to dofurther surveys
Opportunities forincreasing work opportunities for independent celebrants andmechanisms for increasing the professionalism of celebrancy weretopics the second group of topics thatcelebrants surveyed were willing to dofurther surveys
Initial celebranttraining and funerals, memorials and other loss and grief related work were thethird group of topics that celebrants surveyed were willing to do furthersurveys