Australian dating rules
The marriage age for marriage in Australia is 18 years, but in "unusual and exceptional circumstances" a person aged 16 or 17 can marry with parental consent and authorisation by a court.A Notice of Intended Marriage is required to be lodged with the chosen marriage celebrant at least one month before the wedding.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.Australian citizenship is not a requirement for marriage in Australia, nor for the recognition of a foreign marriage.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.Marriage in Australia is regulated by the federal Marriage Act 1961 (Cth) , which applies uniformly throughout Australia (including its external territories) to the exclusion of all state laws on the subject.Australian law recognises only monogamous marriages, being marriages of two people, including same-sex marriages, and does not recognise any other forms of union, including traditional Aboriginal marriages, polygamous marriages or concubinage.
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.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.The changes also retrospectively recognised same-sex marriages performed in a foreign country, provided that such marriages were permitted under the laws of that foreign country.A marriage must be entered into with the full consent of both parties, and it is an offence to force someone to marry them or another person, by the use of coercion, threat or deception, and whether in Australia or abroad.
Only authorised marriage celebrants are allowed to solemnise marriages in Australia.