For overseas people considering marriage

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You do not need to be a resident to be married in Australia.

Many visitors to Australia marry during a holiday visit.  Celebrants are skilled in working with overseas couples and can incorporate traditions from your home country into the ceremony if you wish.

Overseas visitors must meet the same Basic Conditions and legal requirements for marriage as Australian residents including giving one month's Notice.  

Marriage in Australia does not give you any right to stay in Australia 

It is important to understand that marrying in Australia, even if you marry an Australian citizen, does not entitle you to remain in Australia.  The Department of Immigration and Border Protection website has information about visas for partners.

Life in Australia book

This book is available from the the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website and provides information about Australian history, culture, society and the shared values. It is written for people applying for a provisional or permanent visa. Other residents of Australia may also find the book useful.

This book is available as a pdf for download in English, Amharic, Arabic , Bosnian, Chinese, Croatian, Dari, Dinka, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Macedonian, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Sinhalese, Somali, Spanish, Tamil, Thai, Tigrinya, Turkish and Vietnamese.


Sections on Marriage in this booklet:

Domestic violence or Violence in Marriage

As in other countries, violence towards another person is illegal in Australia and is regarded very seriously.

In Australia, this includes violence within the home and within marriage, known as domestic or family violence.

Domestic violence is regarded as any act by a person (adult or child)  that may result in the victim experiencing or fearing physical, sexual or psychological abuse or damage, forced sexual relations, forced isolation or economic deprivation.

Changing role of families

The traditional Australian family comprises a father, mother and children. Other families come in different forms and sizes.

They include many families with single parents, step and blended families, same–sex couples and couples living together and not formally married (de–facto relationships). De–facto relationships are legally recognised in Australia.

The roles within Australian families may also vary. In some families, the mother may be the sole income earner for the family while the father stays at home and cares for the children.

Marriage in Australia may only be entered into if both parties are willing to become married. The minimum age for marriage is 18 years. However, courts can approve marriages in exceptional cases if one of the people involved is aged 16 or 17 years.

Having more than one husband or wife at the same time is illegal.

Contact a professional civil celebrant from The Celebrants Network if you want to find out more about marrying while visiting Australia.  


Last modified on Friday, 13 December 2019 17:33