Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM)
The NOIM needs to be lodged at least one calendar before, and no more than 18 months before, the date of the ceremony.
You can download the NOIM in pdf format, either from here, or from the Commonwealth Attorney General's page (link here).
If you wish, when we meet, I can type the information in and print off the form for you to sign at our meeting. This means easy-to-read information and guarantees that the information you provide is what is included on all the forms.
Required Documents and ID
Generally, each person is required to produce their birth certificate or passport as evidence of date and place of birth. Documents not in English should have an accredited translation attached. Each person also has to satisfy their celebrant as to their identity, so photo ID such as a Drivers Licence is usually sighted.
If either party has been married before, then the divorce or death certificate needs to be sighted. If your situation is unusual, there are other documentation paths that can sort out problems. It should be noted that irregularities between birth certificates and marriage certificates may cause dramas with other identity document agencies.
Minimum Mandatory Words
As a Civil Celebrant, I and the couple and their witnesses are bound by a very strict set of minimum words.
See Link to S. 45 & 46 of the Marriage Act, 1961.
So long as the rest of the ceremony does not contradict that wording in anyway, the rest of the ceremony can be entirely bespoke.
Commonwealth Attorney General's Department - Getting Married
The Commonwealth Attorney General's Department maintains an up-to-date website complying with legislative changes. I have included these links to ensure that the information you access is correct. I encourage you to have a look at the site as it may raise some questions and answers you didn't even think you needed to consider.
Copy and Paste: - http://www.ag.gov.au/FamiliesAndMarriage/Marriage/Pages/GettingmarriedinAustralia.aspx
or just click the link
Information for couples intending to marry
Marriage Celebrants' Code of Practice
The Commonwealth Attorney General - Marriage Celebrants Division, has laid out a Code of Practice for all Civil Celebrants to adhere to. If you wish to view a copy of the Code of Practice, please click HERE
If you have any concerns about me, or any marriage celebrant, please click HERE to find out about your rights and how to make a complaint.