Code of Practice for Marriage Celebrants (Regulation 37L)

Thursday, 26 December 2013 00:00

1. Application of this Code of Practice

This Code of Practice applies to marriage celebrants (being persons registered under Subdivision C of Division 1 of Part IV of the Marriage Act 1961).

Note: Under paragraph 39I(1)(b) of the Marriage Act 1961, if the Registrar of Marriage Celebrants is satisfied that a marriage celebrant has not complied with an obligation under section 39G of that Act, including this Code of Practice, the Registrar may take disciplinary measures against the marriage celebrant.

2. High standard of service

A marriage celebrant must maintain a high standard of service in his or her professional conduct and practice.

3. Recognition of significance of marriage

A marriage celebrant must recognise the social, cultural and legal significance of marriage and the marriage ceremony in the Australian community, and the importance of strong and respectful family relationships.

4. Compliance with the Marriage Act and other laws

A marriage celebrant must:

  1. solemnize marriages according to the legal requirements of the Marriage Act 1961 (Cth); and
  2. observe the laws of the Commonwealth and of the State or Territory where the marriage is to be solemnized; and
  3. prevent and avoid unlawful discrimination in the provision of marriage celebrancy services.

5. General requirements for marriage ceremonies

A marriage celebrant must respect the importance of the marriage ceremony to the parties and the other persons organising the ceremony. To that end, the marriage celebrant must do the following:

a. give the parties information and guidance to enable them to choose or compose a marriage ceremony that will meet their needs and expectations;

b. respect the privacy and confidentiality of the parties;

c. maintain appropriate facilities to interview parties and provide office facilities, including facilities for the secure storage of records;

d. within a reasonable time before the marriage ceremony:

i) confirm all details with the parties; and

ii) ensure the return of all personal documents belonging to the parties (unless it is necessary to keep the documents for the ceremony); and

iii) sign any necessary declarations;

e. if requested by the parties, conduct a marriage ceremony rehearsal;

f. ensure that his or her personal presentation is of an appropriate standard for the marriage ceremony, and respect the expectations of the parties in relation to the ceremony;

g. make efforts to ensure that the marriage ceremony is audible to all those present (using audio equipment, if required);

i) ensure accuracy in the preparation of documents, and in the conduct of the marriage ceremony;

ii) arrive at the venue for the marriage ceremony no later than the time agreed with the parties;

h. if the marriage celebrant has agreed to perform more than one marriage ceremony on the same day:

i. ensure that the parties to each marriage receive a level of service that meets their separate and special requirements; and

j. be available at the venue for each marriage ceremony at least 20 minutes before the agreed commencement of each ceremony (unless, in the case of consecutive ceremonies, the ceremonies are to be held at the same venue);

k. ensure that all relevant documents are completed and sent to the appropriate registering authority within 14 days after the marriage ceremony, as required by section 50 of the Marriage Act 1961; 

l. in relation to the provision of marriage services, accept evaluative comment from the parties, and use any comments to improve performance;

m. give the parties information about how to notify the Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department of any concerns or complaints they may have regarding the marriage services provided by the marriage celebrant.

6. Knowledge and understanding of family relationships services

A marriage celebrant must:

a. maintain an up-to-date knowledge about appropriate family relationships services in the community; and

b. inform parties about the range of information and services available to them to enhance, and sustain them throughout, their relationship.

Catherine Mueller

8 View Terrace
Sunbury VIC 3429
Phone: 03 9740 2964
Mobile: 0409 013 860

Testimonials

Bridget and Heath - April 2011

The relaxed nature of the ceremony was exactly what we were looking for. The time that went into designing the ceremony, so it was tailored to us, was appreciated. All...

Rob and Penny - November 2011

All our guests gave us very positive feedback. We liked that Cathy searched for so many good readings, right up until the end. Rob and Penny Seppelt Winery, Great Western – November...

Mark and Emily - November 2011

"In spite of our lack of romance and clear instructions, Cathy managed to present us and the ceremony exactly how we were envisioning. Well done! A number of guests and...

Lahiru and Melanie - March 2012

Cathy offered great advice and suggestions when we were planning our wedding. Our personal information was used appropriately within the ceremony and everything went to plan just the way we...

Belinda and Paul - March 2013

"Hi Catherine thank you so much for being part of our special day and standing steadfast through the rain! Everyone has said what a great ceremony it was, I think...

Andrew and Michelle - March 2013

"Thank you for the amazing ceremony you created for us – it seemed like only Andrew and I were there. It made the day so special. We loved adding our...

Joanne and Dominic - May 2013

"Thank you so much for giving us the most wonderful ceremony. You made our special day so relaxed and joyous, even our guests thought you were amazing. We would strongly recommend...

Frances and Rocky - July 2013

"We were married at Sherwood Receptions on the 21.07.13 by Catherine. It was an absolutely wonderful ceremony – just how we wanted it to flow. Love and peace was oozing...

Robbie and Tiffany - November 2013

"Catherine, Thanks so much for the beautiful job you did as celebrant at our wedding. It was a beautiful ceremony and you were really supportive in the lead up to...

Matty and Jesi - November 2011

Catherine married my husband and I in November 2011 in Moama. We were originally supposed to get married in Gisborne but when the kitchen of our venue burnt down we...

Peter and Beverly - March 2014

Thank you so much for a beautiful ceremony on Friday we couldn't have planned it better. Our whole family had an unforgettable time. We are very grateful for your contribution...

Mathew and Karen - September 2012

Cath gave us a wonderful celebration full of warmth and love. She made sure that it incorporated all elements that we wanted and the end result was a ceremony that...

Paul and Gemma - January 2014

Thankyou for being a part of our special day. You made our ceremony special to us and made the preparation for the day easier. Our wedding was all...

Peter and Teresa - October 2015

Peter and Teresa - Oct 2015 "Catherine performed our ceremony with great professionalism and friendliness and settled both our nerves with her pleasant voice and lovely smile....

Funeral of Robert Bragagnolo - November 2014

Thank you so very much Catherine for the beautiful memorial service you conducted today. Your empathy and compassion shone through to all family and friends as you steered us through...