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Same-sex marriage

Same-sex commitment ceremonies (civil unions) that are solemnised in another country are not recognised as a marriage in Australia.

The Marriage Act 1961 has been amended to allow people to marry regardless of their gender. Changes commenced on 9 December 2017. These changes:

  • recognise same sex-marriages solemnised overseas
  • allow a couple to apply to marry by filling out a 'Notice of intended marriage form'.

See Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017 (Cth) and Forms.

Relationship register

Same-sex couples in Victoria are able to formally register their relationships with the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.

More information

Legislation

Marriage Act 1961 (Cth)

  • s. 5(1)—interpretation
  • s. 88EA—certain unions are not marriages

See Marriage Act 1961 (Cth).

Relationships Act 2008 (Vic)

  • s. 6—application to register a registerable domestic relationship
  • s. 7—requirements of application for registration
  • s. 10—registration

See Relationships Act 2008 (Vic).

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