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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.State and territory officers who are allowed to register marriages (under a state law) can also solemnise marriages (i.e. Civil marriage celebrants are authorised to conduct and solemnise civil wedding ceremonies.Most federal, state and territory laws also recognise de facto relationships, often on an equal basis to formal marital relationships.The marriageable age for marriage in Australia is 18 years, which is the age of majority in Australia in all states, but in "unusual and exceptional circumstances" a person aged 16 or 17 can marry with parental consent and authorisation by a Magistrates Court.The couple must wait at least one month after giving their marriage celebrant the Notice of Intended Marriage before the wedding ceremony.
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Marriages performed abroad are normally recognised in Australia if entered into in accordance with the applicable foreign law, and do not require to be registered in Australia.
It is not uncommon for Australian citizens or Australian residents to go abroad to marry.
There are three types of celebrants: ministers of religion, state and territory registry officers, and civil marriage celebrants.
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.