This Civil Celebrations Network (CCN) Inc. submission makes recommendations based on celebrants’ working knowledge of the aspects of the Marriage Act and the Marriage Celebrant Program that cause the main difficulties for marrying couples and their celebrants.
The CCN Inc. also offers its time and expertise to explain and to work with the Marriage Law & Celebrant Section (MLCS) to ensure that the Department has a clear understanding of the proposals made here, as it is difficult to document all the necessary information of what is being proposed in simple text.
The Civil Celebrations Network (CCN) Inc. considers the Regulation Impact Statement to be inadequate, misleading, and based upon assumptions that limit the potential for increasing the professionalism of marriage celebrants. (Details - See Appendix 1)
However, in the context of the Consultations, where “a fee has been decided”, and where MLCS staff has indicated a need to establish a secure funding base for the Program’s future survival, the CCN Inc. offers the comments and recommendations in this paper.
It is important that this submission be seen as half of a comprehensive plan to address cost recovery, the other half being the Coalition of Celebrant Associations (COCA)’s submission, increasing professionalism, and establishing an integrated approach to the delivery of marriage services in the twenty-first century and beyond.