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Today's Senate sitting closed without being able to process all the bills before parliament, the Marriage Amendment Bills to make the annual fee lawful were among them.

This means the proposed Annual Registration Fee for Civil Marriage Celebrants can not proceed, without the approval of Parliament.

This could happen on 20th August if the Senate resumes sitting, though that is unlikely - though we will keep members informed.


All Commonwealth Celebrants should receive an email early next week advising them of this situation.

Civil Celebrations Network (CCN) Inc as part of the Coalition of Celebrant Associations (CoCA) Inc. considers that all civil celebrants who oppose this discriminatory fee need to ensure they belong to a CoCA association. CCN Inc welcome everyone who supports Marriage Equality to join the CCN Inc.

Celebrants, members of parliament and the public need to understand that

  • the Marriage Act needs major review and modernisation as it is discriminatory to marriage celebrants as well as to couples. See More
  • there are fairer and more effective ways to raise funds for Cost Recovery, especially the definition of marriage were changes to include all  couples.
  • disciplinary measures, such as substantial fines for not meeting regulatory requirements, would be a more effective and fairer method of reducing celebrant numbers
  • it is is myth to consider that is Annual Fee would be a way of reducing numbers of celebrants to a level that would give most marriage celebrants a taxable income. Read more.
  • Commonwealth celebrants currently have ongoing  appointments (ie without time limits), not registration licences. Read more. This Bills would have effectively removed that entitlement without any recompense and on grounds not related to professional competence or compliance.

All people interested in Marriage Equality and social justice are encouraged to join the CCN Inc. to work with or support the CCN Inc to address these issues of discrimination in Marriage.

Rona Goold
CCNA Coordinator and
CCN Inc Delegate to Coalition of Celebrant Associations (CoCA) Inc.


  • Cameron Moore
    Cameron Moore Sunday, 30 June 2013

    A good result for the interim anyway.

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