Civil Unions

As from 9th December 2017 it will become legal for same-sex couples to marry in Australia – and it is my pleasure to offer this service!

I am one of a small group of Civil Union Celebrants in the ACT authorised to perform legal same-sex civil ceremonies. Civil Unions are specifically for same sex couples, enabling couples who cannot marry under the Commonwealth Marriage Act (l961) to enter into a legally binding relationship. It is different from a marriage but is treated under the territory law in the same way.

It is a requirement that at least one partner has to prove they live in the ACT and two original forms of evidence of residency. Other restrictions are that neither proposed civil partner is married, in a civil union or civil partnership and that they are not in a prohibited relationship.

To enter into a Civil Union, two people must have given an intention notice to a Civil Union Celebrant at least one month prior to and no later than 18 months, after the day the notice has been submitted and the evidence required under the Act.

The declaration (made by each to the other contains a clear statement that names both parties and acknowledges that they are freely entering into a civil union with each other). The Civil Union will take effect upon this declaration providing it is made before a Civil Union Celebrant and at least one other witness.

I will then register the Civil Union with the Office or Regulatory Services.

As your celebrant I will provide you with:

• Resources and any assistance and advice you may require relating to the ceremony
• Information regarding venue options
• Planning, guidance and advice for your ceremony, from conception through to completion
• Additional meetings and phone calls and emails at no extra cost
• Completion of legal paperwork in accordance with legislation
• A rehearsal at the location
• A presentation of a copy of your ceremony, including a Certificate
• Use of a PA system which will allow your guests clarity to participate fully in this special occasion

Please contact me to take up my offer of an obligation free meeting.