Marriage Celebrants Program statistics
Statistics contained in the following tables are drawn from the MarCel database and are accurate as at 8 October 2020 unless otherwise indicated.
*A celebrant will automatically be exempted from OPD in the first calendar year of their registration if they were awarded a Certificate IV in Celebrancy qualification within 12 months of their registration date (Regulation 54). A celebrant will also receive an exemption from OPD for the year if the Registrar considers it would be onerous to meet the five hour OPD obligation in the year due to the timing of their registration (Regulation 55).
**Data incomplete – not all OPD completions uploaded into the database or reported by the approved activity providers (may include panel members, RTOs and conferences).
Reasons for OPD Exemptions
The Registrar of Marriage Celebrants may grant an OPD exemption when:
- exceptional circumstances (eg due to illness or other personal reasons) means the celebrant is unable to complete OPD during the year, or
- a new celebrant’s registration falls late in the OPD year such that it is not feasible to complete OPD that year.
A celebrant will automatically be exempted from OPD in the first calendar year of their registration if they were awarded a Certificate IV in Celebrancy qualification within 12 months of their registration date.
Statutory complaints are those that meet the criteria set out in the Marriage Regulations 2017. This includes that the complaint must relate to the solemnisation of the marriage. From 1 July 2015, the department has regarded a complaint as being about the solemnisation of marriage where the matter complained of concerns a legal obligation or requirement contained in Division 2, Part IV of the Marriage Act 1961. Before 1 July 2015, any conduct occurring during the marriage ceremony was considered to relate to the solemnisation of marriage.
Non-statutory complaints are complaints about marriage celebrants that do not meet the criteria in the Marriage Regulations. From 1 July 2015, these include complaints about possible conflicts of interest or benefits to business.