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Who can get married in Australia?


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To get married in Australia, you don't have to be an Australian citizen, and there is no minimum residency requirement to get married in Australia.

To be legally married, a person must:

  • not be married to someone else

  • not be marrying a parent, grandparent, child, grandchild or sibling

  • be at least eighteen years old

  • understand what marriage means and freely consent to marrying


As well as this, there are legal requirements that a celebrant will guide you through. For example, you must:

  • give written notice of your intention to marry (the document is helpfully called Notice of Intended Marriage) to your celebrant, within the required time frame of a minimum of one month prior to the ceremony

  • have two people present at the ceremony who can be the legal witnesses

  • use specific wording during the ceremony

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