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Marriage Act 1973

Authoritative Version
  • - C1973A00035
  • No longer in force
Act No. 35 of 1973 as made
An Act To amend the Marriage Act 1961-1966.
Registered 13 Sep 2010
Date of Assent 27 May 1973
Date of repeal 25 Mar 2015
Repealed by Amending Acts 1970 to 1979 Repeal Act 2015

Marriage Act 1973

No. 35 of 1973

 

AN ACT

To amend the Marriage Act 1961-1966.

[Assented to 27 May 1973]

BE IT ENACTED by the Queen, the Senate and the House of Representatives of Australia, as follows:—

Short title and citation.

1. (1) This Act may be cited as the Marriage Act 1973.

(2)  The Marriage Act 1963–1966 is in this Act referred to as the Principal Act.

(3)  The Principal Act, as amended by this Act, may be cited as the Marriage Act 1961–1973.

Commencement.

2.  This Act shall come into operation on a date to be fixed by Proclamation.

Interpretation.

3.  Section 5 of the Principal Act is amended by omitting from the definition of “minor” in sub-section (1) the word “twenty-one” and substituting the word “eighteen”.


 

Authorization of marriage of person under age of 18 or 16 years in exceptional circumstances.

4.  Section 12 of the Principal Act is amended by omitting from sub-section (1) the words “to a Judge in a”.

Marriage of minor not to be solemnized without consent of parents, &c.

5.  Section 13 of the Principal Act is amended by inserting in paragraph (b) of sub-section (2), after the words “Consular Officer,”, the words “a minister of religion of that place,”.

Applicant may be refused registration in certain circumstances.

6.  Section 31 of the Principal Act is amended by omitting sub-sections (2) and (3).

7.  Section 38 of the Principal Act is repealed and the following section substituted:—

Registrars to furnish information to Attorney-General.

“38. Each Registrar shall, if the Secretary to the Attorney-General’s Department so requests, furnish to the Secretary—

(a) a list of ministers of religion registered by him under this Division during the period specified in the request, showing the full name, designation, residential or postal address and religious denomination of each minister; and

(b) particulars of any other alterations to the register kept by him under this Division made during that period.”.

Notice to be given and declaration made.

8. (1) Section 42 of the Principal Act is amended—

(a) by omitting from paragraph (a) of sub-section (1) the words “the ninetieth day” and substituting the words “three months”; and

(b) by omitting from paragraph, (b) of sub-section (2) the words “or a justice of the peace” and substituting the words “, a justice of the peace, a barrister or solicitor, a legally qualified medical practitioner or a member of the Police Force of the Commonwealth or of a State or Territory”.

(2)   A notice duly given under paragraph 42(1)(a) of the Principal Act before the date of commencement of this Act shall be deemed to have been duly given under paragraph 42(1)(a) of the Principal Act as amended by this Act.


 

Marriage certificate.

9.  Section 50 of the Principal Act is amended—

(a) by inserting after sub-section (1) the following sub-section:—

“(1a) Notwithstanding paragraph (b) of sub-section (1), the regulations may provide that the person for the time being holding or acting in a specified office of a specified State or Territory shall prepare only one official certificate under that paragraph,”;

(b) by inserting in sub-section (3), after the word “certificates”, the words “or the official certificate, as the case may be,”; and

(c) by omitting sub-section (4) and substituting the following sub-section:—

“(4) The authorized celebrant shall hand the certificate referred to in paragraph (a) of sub-section (1) to one of the parties to the marriage on behalf of the parties, and—

(a) where two official certificates have been prepared—

(i) within fourteen days after the solemnization of the marriage, forward the official certificate to which sub-section (3) applies, together with the notice under section 42, the order (if any) under section 12 and any statutory declarations, consents and dispensations with consents relating to the marriage that are in his possession, to the appropriate registering authority of a State or Territory ascertained in accordance with the regulations; and

(ii) retain the other official certificate and deal with it in accordance with the regulations; or

(b) where only one official certificate has been prepared—retain that certificate and deal with it in accordance with the regulations.”.

Incorrect marriage certificates.

10. Section 51 of the Principal Act is amended by omitting sub- section (3) and substituting the following sub-sections:—

“(2a) Where a marriage has been solemnized, or purports to have been solemnized, under this Part, and the marriage is void, an authorized officer may, by notice in writing served on a party to the marriage, require the party to deliver or forward to him, within a period (not being less than seven days from the date of service of the notice) specified in the notice, the certificate required, by sub-section (4) of section 50, to be handed to a party to the marriage.

“(3) A notice referred to in sub-section (2) or (2a) may be served by post.”.


 

Bigamy

11. Section 94 of the Principal Act is amended by inserting after sub-section (7) the following sub-section:—

“(7a) In a prosecution for an offence against this section, the court may receive as evidence of the facts stated in it a document purporting to be either the original or a certified copy of a certificate, entry or record of a marriage alleged to have taken place whether in Australia or elsewhere.”.

Marrying person not of marriageable age, &c.

12. (1)  Section 95 of the Principal Act is amended by omitting from paragraph (a) of sub-section (4) the word “twenty-one” and substituting the word “eighteen”.

(2)  The amendment made by sub-section (1) does not affect proceedings for an offence against sub-section 95(2) of the Principal Act committed before the commencement of this Act.

The Schedule.

13. The Schedule to the Principal Act is amended by omitting Parts I and II and substituting the following Part:—


 

PART I

Where the Minor is not an Adopted Child

Circumstances in relation to the Minor

Person or persons whose consent is required

1. Where both parents of the minor are alive—

 

(a) in any case other than a case to which paragraph (b) or (c) is applicable

Both parents

(b) if the parents live separately and apart—

 

(i) if the minor lives permanently with one parent or lives more with one parent than with the other

The parent with whom the minor so lives

(ii) if the minor does not live with either parent and the parents have never been married to each other

The mother

(c) if both parents have been deprived of the custody of the minor by the order of a court

The person or persons having the custody of the minor under the order of the court

2. Where only one parent of the minor is alive—

 

(a) if the parents had, at any time, been married to each other—

 

(i) if the surviving parent has not been deprived of the custody of the minor by the order of a court

The surviving parent

(ii) if the surviving parent has been deprived of the custody of the minor by the order of a court

The person or persons having the custody of the minor under the order of the court

(b) if the parents had never been married to each other—

 

(i) if the surviving parent is the mother and she has not been deprived of the custody of the minor by the order of a court

The mother

(ii) if the surviving parent is the mother and she has been deprived of the custody of the minor by the order of a court

The person or persons having the custody of the minor under the order of the court

(iii) if the surviving parent is the father—

 

(a) if the minor lives permanently with the father

The father

(b) if the minor does not live permanently with the father and there is or are a guardian or guardians of the minor

The guardian or guardians

(c) if the minor does not live permanently with the father and there is no guardian of the minor

A prescribed authority

3. Where both parents of the minor are dead—

 

(a) if there is or are a guardian or guardians of the minor

The guardian or guardians

(b) if there is no guardian of the minor............................

A prescribed authority