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Wednesday, 16 June 2010
Page: 3581


Senator Cash asked the Minister representing the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 3 May 2010:

(1)   How many civil marriage celebrants are located in each Statistical Local Area in Australia.

(2)   How many civil marriage celebrants were appointed in each state and territory for each of the following financial years: (a) 2005 06; (b) 2006 07; (c) 2007 08; (d) 2008 09; and (e) 2009 10 to date.

(3)   What qualifications or training is a prospective civil marriage celebrant required to demonstrate prior to their appointment.


Senator Wong (Minister for Climate Change, Energy Efficiency and Water) —The Attorney-General has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1)   As at 25 May 2010, there were a total of 10,441 Commonwealth-registered marriage celebrants1 NSW Capital City Region - 1980 NSW Rest of State Region - 1317 Vic Capital City Region - 1768 Vic Rest of State Region - 598 Qld Capital City Region - 1250 Qld Rest of State Region - 1415 WA Capital City Region - 810 WA Rest of State Region - 274 SA Capital City Region - 433 SA Rest of State Region - 159 Tas - 225 ACT - 156 NT - 56 TOTAL - 10,441

(2)   The following table provides the numbers of Commonwealth-registered marriage celebrants appointed during the specified financial years.2

Region

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09*

2009-25/5/10

NSW Capital City Region

70

160

183

523

473

NSW Rest of State Region

55

99

109

428

297

Vic Capital City Region

61

135

142

586

391

Vic Rest of State Region

25

49

55

192

121

Qld Capital City Region

43

86

105

396

330

Qld Rest of State Region

49

99

130

404

354

WA Capital City Region

31

64

77

227

180

WA Rest of State Region

13

32

29

51

47

SA Capital City Region

20

39

46

93

97

SA Rest of State Region

6

16

19

26

36

Tas

12

20

24

39

54

ACT

8

10

14

30

45

NT

4

3

4

9

8

TOTAL

397

812

937

3004

2433

* Cap ceased to apply on 1 September 2008.

(3)   From 3 February 2010, a person lodging an application for registration as a Commonwealth marriage celebrant must hold the Certificate IV in Celebrancy (national code: CHC42608) or an equivalent university qualification. Within this qualification there are four mandatory marriage celebrant units that must be undertaken as part of the ‘elective’ package. The new qualification replaces the single unit of training called ‘Plan, conduct and review a marriage ceremony’ and the Certificate IV in Marriage Celebrancy. Different criteria apply to a person who is seeking to apply for registration as a marriage celebrant based on their fluency in an Australian Indigenous language. Such a person is not required to obtain the above qualification. In addition to holding the qualification or skills mentioned above, the Registrar of Marriage Celebrants must be satisfied that the person is over 18 years of age and is a fit and proper person to be a marriage celebrant (paragraphs 39C(1)(a) and (c) of the Marriage Act).

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1 There was a cap that was applied to the number of marriage celebrants that could be appointed until 1 September 2008 which divided each State (except Tas, the ACT and the NT) into Capital City and Rest of State Regions.   These divisions have been retained to provide these current figures.

2 The figures reflect the capping areas used from 1 September 2003 - 31 August 2008 and figures used after that date reflect the registrations of marriage celebrants who reside in those areas since that date.