TCN Inc Submission to FARE for GRANT B

Appendix 1 The Celebrants Network Inc

Strengthen family and community networks....

Celebrate with Ceremony


o Civility (being civilized - cooperation, compassion, care, courtesy, chivalry)

o Creativity (celebrate and encourage different talents and interests)

o Companionship (partnerships, family and friendships, groups)

o Citizenship (valuing justice –“a fair go”, free speech, diversity and community)


The Celebrants Network Inc is a non-profit association for civil celebrants and other citizens who support TCN Inc Objectives.

TCN Inc Objectives:

To improve health and wellbeing of all citizens by promoting the use of civil ceremonies and celebrations to:

a.     celebrate respectful caring family, friendship and other relationships in the context of various rites of passage and other significant events for individuals, families, and communities

b.     promote concepts of courtesy, creativity, cooperation, and respect for all others without discrimination

c.     promote understanding of rights & responsibilities to give & receive justice (“a fair go”) in all one’s affairs

d.     support democratic principles and promoting harmonious relationships between all sectors in society

to assist in minimizing mental and other health problems and disease related to lifestyle, social and community factors.

As a drug, alcohol has little or questionable medicinal purposes. Solitary drinking, beyond the recommended ‘safe’ daily limits, is usually of concern for its potential for physical harm.

Predominantly alcohol use is acceptable in our society in social settings as a social lubricant, thus associated with celebrations related to the life’s major milestones – birth, namings, birthdays, Coming of Age, 21st And other major birthdays, anniversaries, funerals and memorials.

However, being a relatively young culture Australians are still in the process of developing their own rituals for celebration, with the predominant theme being ‘having a booze-up & throwing a few words in” somewhere, usually towards the end of the occasion.

The TCN Inc views the role of civil celebrants as influencing the ways Australians celebrate, and thus celebrants has having an important role in community development.
In case there is any misperception that the TCN Inc or its members are well resourced, it needs to be known that the TCN Inc runs with a volunteer Committee and two part-time contact workers for book-keeping and post & handling (combined 1 day per week).

The average civil marriage celebrants currently earn less than $3,500 gross pa from their work – making them the least well-remunerated marriage celebrants in Australia.

Contrary to the myth that civil celebrants make heaps of money, the average gross income is now below $3,500 pa. Civil celebrants do not have a wage like Registry Office Staff, nor a stipend, accommodation, vehicle and other support as provided by Recognised Religious Celebrants.

The Civil Marriage Celebrant Program in Australia started, in effect as a human rights (non-discrimination on the basis of religion) and affirmative action for women (Almost all marriages in 1973 were conducted by 60,000 men).

The TCN Inc is lobbying to have the government reverse its unfounded beliefs that civil celebrants are just small businesses and to value their role for social inclusion and community development functions in a multicultural society

The TCN Inc is the coordination and administrative arm of its celebrant and other members


The Australian Celebrants & Celebrations Network (ATCN) was launched in July 2008 and is now a division of the TCN Inc offering 4 main websites:

· ... Target General Public and Celebrants. Main Celebrant Directory and Celebrant Information

· ... Target 25 - 55 years and their families. For general public outreach and special promotions to raise awareness of 'adding a ceremony to the celebration'

· ... For Celebrants for ALL Occasions (or most) and to encourage the celebration of loved ones - before they die - through senior birthdays and wedding anniversaries

·       ·  .. Target 12 - 25 years and their families. Promotes charities and non-profits as celebrants 'community' outreach, reduce risk taking behaviours by teenagers and fund the TCN Inc's promotion of a Coming of Citizenship Age Ceremony for all 18 year olds. 

Appendix 2:

Correspondence from Alan Matic of Our Community granting approval for using the Our Community Calendar and linking PWAP website to the GIVE NOW WEBSITE

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Date: 17 November 2011 3:39:19 PM AEDT
To: Rona Goold <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;
Subject: Re: Party with a Purpose

Hi Rona,

I've discussed this with our Managing Director and the GiveNow team and we have no problem with you linking to the calendar and using GiveNow (that's what they're there for), but I'm afraid that we can't put resources into adding features that would only be used by your organisation. These are both free parts of our website and we have to carefully consider what resources we put into these areas and what greater benefit we can achieve for as many of our member organisations as possible.

Best regards,

Alan Matic
Our Community
51 Stanley Street
West Melbourne VIC 3003
P 03 9320 6805 F 03 9326 6859
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Appendix 3:

The TCN Inc and its   Australian Celebrants & Celebrations Network (ATCN) division view the role of the modern Australian civil celebrant.

The TCN Inc and its   Australian Celebrants & Celebrations Network (ATCN) division view the role of the modern Australian civil celebrant as a complex and evolving one. 

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The Australian Celebrants & Celebrations Network (ATCN) views the role of the modern Australian civil celebrant as a complex and evolving one.

The independent civil celebrant in a democratic society has a unique opportunity to:

  • inspire individuals, couples and families to build more harmonious supportive relationships
  • provide a framework through which individuals, couples and families can be supported during times of major changes in their lives
  • acknowledge times and roles past, articulating achievements, in learning from mistakes and moving on from failures and successes
  • provide a vision of future roles and relationships, offering guidance to encourage and support change for optimum health of all concerned
  • inform and informally educate on issues related to marriage, family and community life, loss and grief, managing change, "civilised" behaviour in a modern day context, human/citizens rights and responsibilities

Historically the role of religious celebrants in relation to their congregation has been one of family and community worker. In some cases, teacher, educator, psychologist, counsellor, social worker, community developer, human rights activist.

Much of the intent of the religious celebrants work is to support human beings in finding the "right" relationship with themselves, with others, with their community and their world, including their "God" however that is defined by the specific religion.

For some religions, that "God" is not conceived of an a single being, nor even personified at all. The 'God" may be the "good" ie a set of principles for living for right living, for living the "good" life or "God" may be "love" ie the wanting of the best for another being's health and welfare physically, mentally, emotionally, socially and spiritually.

People's needs for love, affirmation, respect, inspiration, support, relationship, community and opportunities to mark important life occasions have not disappeared, with their decline in religious affiliation.

Rather the evolution of civil celebrancy, in the ongoing growth in the type and context for civil ceremonies, is a refection of this need.

For civil celebrants the challenge is to:

  • find the common ethical relational threads under-pinning religious teachings that uphold the dignity of all human beings and living things
  • be able to articulate these in a language that does not discriminate on the basis of religion or creed, or no religion at all, and
  • inspire individuals, couples, families and communities to live to the fullest and best potential, and to be able to serve their communities with creativity, sensitivity, humility and understanding.

Australia is one of the world leaders is the development of civil celebrancy

Appendix 4:

Funds Raised by PWAP for promoting Coming of Citizenship Age ceremonies:

Rites of passage have been traditionally used by societies to assist its members to adjust to a change in role, status or circumstances.  Coming of Age is one such rite of passage.
Coming of age is a young person's transition from childhood to adulthood. 

The age at which this transition takes place varies in society, as does the nature of the transition.[1] It can be a simple legal convention or can be part of a ritual, as practiced by many societies. In the past, and in some societies today, such a change are associated with the age of sexual maturity (Early-Adolescence); in others, it is associated with an age of religious responsibility. Particularly in western societies, modern legal conventions that stipulate points in late adolescence or early adulthood (most commonly 16-21 when adolescents are generally no longer considered minors and are granted the full rights of an adult) are the focus of the transition. In either case, many cultures retain ceremonies to confirm the coming of age, and significant benefits come with the change. (See also rite of passage.)

Australia has a culture of heavy drinking especially related the “attaining of adult status at age 18. The traditional rite of passage the 21st Celebration is no longer the single celebration to recognise “adulthood”.

As most legal rights and responsibilities are now at age 18, as a result of lowering the drinking age from 21 to 18, when the government of the day introduced Conscription for the Vietnam War.

This change has resulted in confusion as to when to celebrate this Rite of Passage. The 18th has increasing been split into two occasions, a family based one and one almost exclusively for the teenagers. The later has been associated with heavy drinking. Therefore there is a need to use these 18th ceremonies to highlight the attainment of the full range of adult rights and responsibilities, not just those associated with drinking.
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