The Perth Marriage Office is open 10:00am to 7:00pm – 7 days per week, for legally recognised weddings in a Registry Office format.
The Perth Marriage Office is staffed by Commonwealth Marriage Celebrants and proceedings are typically conducted in one of our rooms, where the legal paperwork is signed and the marriage is solemnised according to law. This marriage service is typically for couples who do not require a formal ‘ceremony’ and do not plan to have many guests present for their wedding, but still require their marriage to be registered in Australia.
Marriages at the Perth Marriage Office are typically for;
- Couples who are planning a ceremony overseas (Bali, Thailand, Etc) but want their marriage registered in Australia.
- Couples applying for a Visa through the Department of Immigration. (Fiancé Prospective Marriage Visa Application)
- Couples who just need the minimum legal requirements to be married.
- Couples who do not plan to have a ‘traditional’ wedding ceremony.
- Couples who are eloping.
- Couples who have already had a ceremony overseas and just need the legal component performed.
- Couples who are having a friend or family member perform a cultural or religious ceremony separately.
The Perth Marriage Office conducts marriages by appointment throughout the day. Although most marriages at the Perth Marriage Office take place between the usual business hours of 10:00am to 7:00pm – Monday to Saturday, the Perth Marriage Office also allows for marriages outside of usual business hours to cater for working couples who are only available after hours.
The Perth Marriage Office is available to take bookings by appointment for marriages seven days per week, 24 hours per day, (subject to booking availability) however marriages conducted at the Perth Marriage Office are typically for the couple and their witnesses only. For marriages where a larger number of guests are required, the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages offers seating for up to 22 guests and can be contacted here.
The current fee for marriages at the Perth Marriage Office is $400 (plus GST) and includes the lodgement of all legal paperwork with the WA Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages. Couples will also receive their official Commonwealth Marriage Certificate immediately following their marriage. Once all paperwork has been lodged with the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, registered copies can be obtained from the Registrar or any local court-house.
(Fiancé Visa Letters are also available upon request. If you have been asked to provide the Department of Immigration with a Fiancé Visa Letter to support your Prospective Marriage Visa application, this can be obtained immediately after lodging your Notice of Intended Marriage, at your first meeting with the Perth Marriage Office.)
Anyone over the age of 18 can marry in Australia, irrespective of their nationality (or their partners nationality). Couples are not required to be Australian Citizens or have Permanent Residency in order to legally marry in Australia, as long as they can provide a Passport as proof of their date & place of birth and there is no legal impediment to their legal marriage.
Only one party to the marriage is legally required to lodge the Notice of Intended Marriage with the Perth Marriage Office and commence the legal paperwork, so if the other party to the marriage is overseas or not available for the initial meeting, this does not prevent the Notice of Intended Marriage from being lodged. (However both persons are preferred, if available)
A passport is the preferred method of identification for marriages at the Perth Marriage Office, as this form of ID provides the required evidence of your place and date of birth, as well as a photograph of the passport holder. (If a passport is not available, an original Birth Certificate can also be used as identification, although sufficient photo ID will also need to be provided if using a Birth Certificate.)
If either party to the marriage has been married previously, evidence of the termination of the last marriage must be produced. I.e. A divorce certificate or decree nisi of dissolution of marriage that has become absolute or a full death certificate.
These documents can be provided at the initial meeting, or if they are not available at the first meeting, the original documents will need to be sighted any time before your marriage takes place, but do not prevent you from lodging the Notice of Intended Marriage.
Your marriage can be arranged by making an appointment to lodge the Notice of Intended Marriage form at the Perth Marriage Office and payment of the above fee. Once the NOIM has been lodged with the Perth Marriage Office, your marriage date can then be set.
Appointments can be made via the contact form and a Commonwealth Marriage Celebrant will return your enquiry to confirm your booking. At your initial appointment, your original documents will be sighted and arrangements will be made to order your official Commonwealth Marriage Certificate and commence the legal paperwork for your marriage.
Fiancé Visa Letters are also available upon request. If you have been asked to provide the Department of Immigration with a Fiancé Visa Letter to support your Prospective Marriage Visa application, this can be obtained immediately following your first meeting at the Perth Marriage Office. Only one persons signature is legally required in order to lodge the Notice of Intended Marriage, so the party to the marriage already in Australia can lodge this Notice on behalf of the couple, prior to the second party arriving in Australia.
The Prospective Marriage Visa is available to people outside Australia who intend to marry their Australian partner after they enter Australia and is valid for nine months from the date of grant. A Prospective Marriage Visa holder must enter Australia, marry their sponsoring partner and apply for a partner visa in Australia within the nine month period.
This visa cannot be extended in Australia. Further information on the Prospective Marriage Visa is available from the Department of Immigration here.
REGISTERING A BALI (OVERSEAS) WEDDING IN AUSTRALIA
Couples marrying overseas in Bali will have their marriage registered in Indonesia, rather than Australia, UNLESS the legal formalities are completed in Australia before their ceremony in Bali.
This means all of your legal paperwork, marriage registration and history will not be accessible by the Australian Government if you have a wedding in Bali under Indonesian law. Therefore, if the bride wishes to take her husbands name, she will need to do so by Deed Poll / State Name Change in Australia, rather than using her Marriage Certificate, which will not be recognised as an authority to use her married name in Australia.
However, by completing all of the legal marriage requirements in Australia before they go, couples will not have to worry about going through the process of having their ceremony retrospectively recognised in Australia when they return.
Also, using a local Indonesian priest or celebrant can often be a challenging and very costly process and involves certain procedures and payments to local officials (in some cases up to $1,100) which still do not always guarantee that your wedding will be recognised by Australian authorities. Using the Indonesian priest also requires couples to declare a recognized Indonesian religion and both partners must also be of the same faith. For example; Hindu, Buddhist or Islam are acceptable, however Atheism or Agnostic are not recognised by Indonesian marriage law.
Couples of Non-Islamic faith are then required to file a Notice of Intention to Marry and a Letter of No Impediment in the district they are staying and their ceremony must then be recorded by the Civil Registry (who you can request to do so at the ceremony, for an additional fee). The Notice and Letter must be obtained from the Consular Representative of Australia however there is a 10 day waiting period from the date of filing. (This can be waived in some cases by lodging the Form A: Guest Registration Form.)
For couples who are having, or have already had a ceremony overseas and require their marriage registered in Australia, the Perth Marriage Office can assist with this paperwork.
WHAT HAPPENS ON THE DAY OF YOUR MARRIAGE
On the day of your marriage, your Commonwealth Marriage Celebrant will perform the legal requirements for marriage in Australia. The bride and groom will also need to arrange for two adults, (at least 18 years of age) to be present to witness their marriage.
There is no ‘ceremony’ associated to the legal process and proceedings are typically conducted in one of our meeting rooms, where the legal paperwork is signed and the marriage is solemnised according to law. This marriage service is typically for couples who do not require a formal ‘ceremony’ and do not plan to have many guests present for their wedding, but still require their marriage to be registered in Australia.