• Kim Lynn Heinimann

What is a civil marriage celebrant?

FUN FACT: More than 80% of marriages in Australia are performed by a civil marriage celebrant, like Kim Lynn!

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What does this even mean?

A civil celebrant like myself, preforms & officiates formal ceremonies which are non-religious. They can legalise marriages!


In Australia you must be married by an authorised marriage celebrant to become legally married. There are four types of authorised marriage celebrants:

  1. Commonwealth-registered marriage celebrants

  2. Commonwealth-registered religious marriage celebrants

  3. Ministers of religion who are from a recognised denomination

  4. State and territory officers


Legal Obligations

Civil marriage celebrants have legal obligations under The Marriage Act 1961, which is why they MUST say certain things like "I am duly authorised by law to solemnise marriages according to law".


Who can become a civil celebrant

-anyone aged 18+

-anyone who has necessary qualifications and/or skills as determined by the Registrar of Marriage Celebrants and;

-anyone who is a fit and proper person to be a celebrant


How to become a civil celebrant

To become a commonwealth-registered marriage celebrant (like myself) you have to:

- Complete a Certificate IV in Celebrancy

- Register with the Commonwealth under the Attorney General's Department who determines whether you are a "fit & proper person".



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For more fun facts on statistics, check out Easyweddings Industry Report https://www.easyweddings.com.au/pro-education/wedding-industry-reports/


For more official information about Australian Civil Marriage Celebrants check out

https://www.ag.gov.au/families-and-marriage/marriage/find-marriage-celebrant



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