Getting Married on Norfolk Island

The Commonwealth of Australia Marriage Act 1961 extends to Norfolk Island. In addition, Norfolk Island has its own legislation in relation to Births, Deaths and Marriages.

To be legally married in Norfolk Island you must:

  • not be married to someone else
  • not be marrying a parent, grandparent, child, grandchild or sibling be at least eighteen years old, unless a court has approved a marriage where one party is aged between sixteen and eighteen year-old
  • understand what marriage means and freely consent to marrying
  • use specific words during the ceremony; and
  • Give written notice of their intention to marry to their authorised celebrant within the required time frame

For more information regarding the requirements of getting married on Norfolk Island you may contact the Registrar or Deputy Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages.

Finding a celebrant

Only an authorised celebrant can legally perform your marriage.  Authorised celebrants perform civil and religious ceremonies.

There are three kinds of authorised celebrants:

  • Commonwealth registered marriage celebrants who perform civil and religious ceremonies (for independent religious organisations).
  • Ministers of religion of a recognised denomination who perform religious ceremonies. These celebrants are regulated by state and territory registries of births, deaths and marriages and their respective religious organisation.
  • State and Territory officers who perform civil ceremonies. On Norfolk Island the Registrar and Deputy Registrar of Births Deaths and Marriages are authorised to solemnise marriages.

Important paperwork—Notice of Intended Marriage

A completed Notice of Intended Marriage form must be provided to your chosen celebrant at least 28 days prior to the wedding.  You will also need to provide your celebrant with: evidence of date and place of birth, identity and documentation to show the termination of any previous marriage, where relevant.

Getting Married

You are required to have two persons over the age of 18 years’ bear witness to your marriage.

On your wedding day you will be required to sign a wedding certificate. This must be lodged with the Registrar or Deputy Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages at the Registry office on Norfolk Island within fourteen days.

The Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages:

Registry Office
New Military Barracks
Kingston, Norfolk Island 2899
Phone: + 6723 22001 ext. 126 (Deputy) or 156 (Registrar)
Email: registrar [at] BDM.gov.nf
www.norfolkisland.gov.nf

More Information:

Australian Government Information
Australian Government Attorney-Generals Department
Notice of Intended Marriage

Churches

Uniting Church, Cascade Road
Phone: +6723 22179

Catholic Presbytery, Queen Elizabeth Ave
Phone: +6723 22763

Church of England, Headstone Road
Phone: +6723 22293

Jehovah Witness, Grassy Road
Phone: +6723 23360

Seventh Day Adventist, New Cascade Road
Phone: +6723 22201