Marriage celebrants program review survey

Marriage Celebrants Program Review Survey

Sent by the Attorney-General's Department 1st October 2019

About you

Please tell us a little bit about yourself.

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Question 1

*1. Please select all of the statements that apply to you:

I am a Commonwealth-registered marriage celebrant and solemnise civil marriage ceremonies

I am a Commonwealth-registered marriage celebrant and solemnise religious marriage ceremonies

I am a Commonwealth-registered marriage celebrant and solemnise both civil and religious marriage ceremonies

I want to be a marriage celebrant in the future

I represent a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) that delivers Certificate IV in celebrancy training to aspiring marriage celebrants

I represent a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) approved to deliver Ongoing Professional Development (OPD) training to Commonwealth registered marriage celebrants

I represent a celebrant association or network

I work for a state or territory registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages

Other (please specify) 

Question 2

  1. 2. In which state or territory do you usually reside?

Australian Capital Territory

New South Wales

Northern Territory

Queensland

South Australia

Tasmania

Victoria

Western Australia 

Question 3

3. Approximately how many marriage ceremonies did you perform over the past 12 months?

None

1-5

6-9

10-15

More than 16 

Question 4

4. How often do you solemnise marriages in a state/territory that you do not reside in?

Too rarely to say

Less than 3 times per year

Between 3 and 10 times per year

More than 10 times per year

Aspiring marriage celebrants must satisfy a number of requirements under the Marriage Act 1961 (the Act) in order to be registered as a marriage celebrant. These requirements include, being aged 18 years or over, having the relevant qualification, and being a fit and proper person. Only a very small number of applicants fail to meet those requirements.

The current process requires applicants to provide a significant amount of information including three referee reports, a consent for a national police history check, statements to support their standing in the community, details of the organisations providing Relationship Support Services and to complete legal knowledge assessments.

To better align the processing of applications with the registration requirements in the Act and to reduce red tape for aspiring celebrants, the Marriage Law and Celebrants Section is considering options to streamline applications processing by reducing the amount of information required to be submitted with an application to only that required to meet the legal and policy objectives of the program. This, in turn, will simplify the assessment process for applications for registration.

Please select the response that best matches your views on the following statements. 

Question 5

*5. A clear national police history check is suitable for determining if an applicant is of good standing in the community.

Agree

Somewhat agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Somewhat disagree

Disagree

Question 6

*6. Requiring referee report(s) is appropriate when an adverse national police history report is received.

Agree

Somewhat agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Somewhat disagree

Disagree

Question 7

*7. An applicant’s legal knowledge about solemnising marriages in Australia should be demonstrated through the completion of the Certificate IV in Celebrancy.

Agree

Somewhat agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Somewhat disagree

Disagree

Aspiring marriage celebrants are required to complete a Certificate IV in Celebrancy qualification, which includes three units specifically developed for marriage celebrancy, before they can apply for registration. The Attorney-General’s Department has previously received feedback that a compulsory activity should be completed in all years, even if there are no significant changes to the legislation or guidelines. The compulsory activity has, in the past, focussed on the legal requirements for marriage or significant policy changes in the program.

Please provide your responses to the following statements and questions:   

Question 8

*8. The 2017 Australian Attorney-General’s Department survey results on OPD found that 53% of respondents indicated marriage celebrants were required to complete too many hours of OPD.

Reducing OPD from five hours to one hour per year would allow celebrants to maintain core competencies for solemnising marriage.

Agree

Somewhat agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Somewhat disagree

Disagree 

Question 9

*9. Marriage celebrants need to maintain the competencies required for the legal requirements for solemnising marriage. A one hour OPD activity focused on key legal skills and knowledge would meet this objective.

Agree

Somewhat agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Somewhat disagree

Disagree

Question 10

10. This question is for registered marriage celebrants. If we were to offer an online OPD module, would your self-service portal be a suitable platform for you to access this training?

Yes

No

Unsure

Question 11

*11. The 2017 Australian Attorney-General’s Department survey results on OPD found that 52% of respondents indicated that the best way to ensure that marriage celebrants are advised of changes to legislation, is through a compulsory activity by approved training providers. Do you think this is an efficient and effective way of ensuring marriage celebrants are aware of important legal and policy developments?

Agree

Somewhat agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Somewhat disagree

Disagree

Question 12

*12. Marriage celebrants should be encouraged to complete non-compulsory training as part of their own professional development.

Agree

Somewhat agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Somewhat disagree

Disagree

Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey. If you have any additional comments, please provide them in the field below.

Question 13

13. Is there anything else you would like us to consider? (250 words or less)

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