Getting married in Australia

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Harpal Singh
Authorised Marriage Celebrant
NAATI Professional Translator
Member of AUSIT and AFCC
Ph: 0425 853 086

Marriages during COVID-19 restrictions
We are currently working through an unprecedented issue with COVID-19 impacting upon our normal lives. The celebrants are finding things difficult given the speed with which responses to COVID-19 are evolving. The Federal and each State and Territory Government is regularly updating information on COVID-19 on dedicated websites. If you have any questions in respect of COVID-19 measures, please visit their websites in the first instance.
In response to COVID-19, the Governments of Australia are meeting on a regular basis as a National Cabinet and implementing measures to combat the spread of the virus.
In the measures announced by the Prime Minister on 24 March 2020, which will take effect from 25 March, the solemnisation of a marriage is to occur with a maximum attendance of no more than five people, being the two parties, the authorised marriage celebrant, and the two witnesses. Social distancing of 1 person per 4 square metres is to be enforced. This applies to marriages both indoors and outdoors.
Whether requirements in the Marriage Act 1961 will be relaxed during this time. For example, whether a marriage can be solemnised remotely via Skype, the answer is No. All marriages still need to be solemnised in accordance with the Marriage Act, without exception. A marriage must be solemnised in the physical presence of an authorised celebrant and two witnesses. This information is based upon the latest advice from the Australian Government at the time of printing.
If you have further questions about this issue you can contact me.