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Couples must give their marriage celebrant a Notice of Intended Marriage This Notice is not a marriage licence, as a couple does not normally require an official authorisation to marry, but a person under the age of 18 wishing to marry requires parental consent and the authorisation of a judge.The couple must wait at least one month after giving their marriage celebrant the Notice of Intended Marriage before the wedding ceremony.Both parties to the marriage must be present at the ceremony, with proxy marriages not permitted.The marriage celebrant and two witnesses over the age of 18 years must also be present, and follow any tradition or custom, or none at all.Full consent assumes a mental capacity to understand the nature of a marriage.
Marriages performed abroad are normally recognised in Australia if entered into in accordance with the applicable foreign law, and do not require to be registered in Australia.
A person who goes through a marriage ceremony in Australia when still legally married to another person, whether under Australian law or a law of another country, commits an offence of bigamy, which is subject to a maximum 5 years imprisonment, The 2004 Act also expressly declared same-sex marriages entered into abroad were not to be recognised in Australia.
This was in response to a lesbian couple getting married in Canada and applying for their marriage to be recognised in Australia.
The only requirements for registration of a minister of religion is that he or she is nominated by a proclaimed "recognised denomination", is a resident in Australia, and is at least 21 years old.
The Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth) was amended with the 2017 recognition of same-sex marriages to exempt a minister of religion or religious marriage celebrant or chaplain from the prohibition of sex discrimination by refusing to marry same-sex couples.
As was the case for other Western countries, marriage in Australia for most of the 20th century was done early and near-universally, particularly in the period after World War II to the early 1970s.