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.
The marriageable age for marriage in Australia is 18 years, which is the age of majority in Australia in all states, but in "unusual and exceptional circumstances" a person aged 16 or 17 can marry with parental consent and authorisation by a Magistrates Court.
The application to the court must be filed by a parent.
It is not uncommon for Australian citizens or Australian residents to go abroad to marry.
This may be to the family’s ancestral home country, to a destination wedding location or because they would not be permitted to marry 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.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.Marriage at a young age was most often associated with pregnancy prior to marriage.There is no citizenship or residency requirement for marriage in Australia, so that casual visitors can lawfully marry in Australia, provided that a domestic marriage celebrant is employed, the requisite notice given, and other domestic requirements satisfied.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.For many years, courts have refused to accept a minor's pregnancy as a pressing consideration in deciding whether to allow an early marriage. Until 1991, the marriage age was 16 for females and 18 for males, but a female 14 or 15 years (wanting to marry a male aged 18 or above) or a male 16 or 17 years (wanting to marry a female aged 16 or above) could apply to the court for permission to marry.