Getting married

Introduction

You can get married when you are 18 years old under Australian law. Read the Marriage Act.

If you want to get married between 16 and 18 years old you must get permission from a court and your parents. 

You can get parental permission forms at a Births, Deaths and Marriages office.

If you are younger than 16 years old you can’t marry in Australia.

Read the Marriage Regulations.

How to get married 

To get married in the Northern Territory you can either:

  • organise your own celebrant and ceremony
  • or get married in a registry office.

Marriage equality

Since 9 December 2017 it is legal for same-sex couples to marry in Australia.

Marriage forms have been updated and all eligible marrying couples must now use the new forms available on the Australian Government’s Attorney-General's Department website

You must submit your notice of intended marriage at least 31 days before your wedding date.

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Last updated: 12 December 2017

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