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Proclamations/Other as amended, taking into account amendments up to Marriage (Recognised Denominations) Amendment Proclamation 2010 (No. 1)
This Proclamation declares religious bodies or organizations to be recognized denominations for the purposes of the Marriage Act 1961. Recognized denominations are permitted to nominate ministers of religion directly to State and Territory Registrars of Births, Deaths and Marriages for authorization as marriage celebrants. By this instrument the Marriage (Recognised Denominations) Proclamation 2006 is revoked and remade to correct the inadvertent omission of the Independent Baptist Fellowship from the Marriage (Recognised Denominations) Proclamation 2006.
Administered by: Attorney-General's
Registered 06 Apr 2010
Start Date 01 Apr 2010
End Date 17 Jun 2013
Date of repeal 27 Nov 2018
Repealed by Marriage (Recognised Denominations) Proclamation 2018

Marriage (Recognised Denominations) Proclamation 2007

as amended

made under section 26 of the

Marriage Act 1961

This compilation was prepared on 1 April 2010
taking into account amendments up to Marriage (Recognised Denominations) Amendment Proclamation 2010 (No. 1)

Prepared by the Office of Legislative Drafting and Publishing,
Attorney-General’s Department, Canberra


                        1     Name of Proclamation [see Note 1]                                                       3

                        2     Commencement [see Note 1]                                                               3

                        3     Revocation of previous Proclamation                                                      3

                        4     Declaration of recognised denominations                                               3

Schedule 1             Recognised denominations                                                               4

Notes                                                                                                                                9




1              Name of Proclamation [see Note 1]

                This Proclamation is the Marriage (Recognised Denominations) Proclamation 2007.

2              Commencement [see Note 1]

                This Proclamation commences on the day after it is registered.

3              Revocation of previous Proclamation

                The Marriage (Recognised Denominations) Proclamation 2006 is revoked.

4              Declaration of recognised denominations

                For   section 26 of the Act, each religious body and religious organisation mentioned in Schedule 1 is declared to be a recognised denomination.


Schedule 1        Recognised denominations

(section 4)


Aboriginal Evangelical Fellowship of Australia

Ananda Marga

Anglican Catholic Church in Australia, The 

Anglican Church of Australia, The

Antiochian Orthodox Church

Apostolic Church (Australia), The

Apostolic Church of Queensland, The

Armenian Apostolic Church in Australia, The

Assemblies of God in Australia

Associated Christian Ministries

Associated Christian Spiritual Churches of Australia

Associated Mission Churches of Australasia Incorporated

Association of Vineyard Churches Australia, The

Australian Christadelphian Ecclesia

Australian Church of Antioch, The

Australian Fellowship of Bible‑believing Churches

Australian Fellowship of Mission Centres (Youth with a Mission)

Australian Indigenous Ministries

Australian Unitarian Druze

Autocephalic Greek Orthodox Church of America and Australia

Baha’i Faith

Baptist Union of Australia, The

Belarusian Autocephalous Orthodox Church in Australia and Abroad

Bethesda Ministries International Incorporated


C3 Church Global

Calvary Life Assemblies

Chinese Methodist Church in Australia

Christian and Missionary Alliance of Australia, The

Christian Brethren

Christian Church in Australia

Christian Church, The

Christian Israelite Church

Christian Life Churches International

Christian Outreach Centre

Christian Reformed Churches of Australia

Churches of Christ in Australia

Church of God (Australia) Limited

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter‑Day Saints

Church of Scientology Incorporated, The

Church of the Foursquare Gospel (Australia) Limited

Church of the Foursquare Gospel in Australia

Church of the Nazarene

Church of Tonga in Australia, The

Community of Christ

Congregational Christian Church in Samoa, The

Congregational Federation of Australia

Connexions Ltd

Cook Islands Christian Church

Coptic Orthodox Church of Australia

CRC Churches International

Crosslink Christian Network

Dream Centre Christian Church Limited

Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Australia, The

Federation of Australian Buddhist Councils

Federation of Reformed Christian Churches of the Pacific Australia Incorporated

Fellowship of Congregational Churches

Fellowship of Evangelical Churches in Australia

Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches

Free Reformed Church of Australia

Free Serbian Orthodox Church, Diocese for Australia and New Zealand

Full Gospel Churches of Australia

German Evangelical Lutheran Church

Goshen Ministry International Outreach

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia

Hindu Council of Australia, The

Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East

Hungarian Reformed Church of Australia, The

Iglesia ni Cristo

Independent Baptist Fellowship

Independent Baptists of Australia

Independent Church of Australia, The

International Council of Spiritualists

International Society for Krishna Consciousness


Jehovah’s Witnesses


Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church in Victoria, The

Liberal Catholic Church, The

Lutheran Church of Australia Incorporated, The

Macedonian‑Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Church

Macedonian Orthodox Church, Diocese of Australia and New Zealand

Ministers Fellowship International

New Apostolic Church in Australia, The

New Church in Australia, The

New Life Churches of Australia


Pacific LMS Church Australia Incorporated

Potters House Christian Fellowship of Australia, The

Power of the Spirit Ltd

Presbyterian Church of Australia, The

Presbyterian Church of Eastern Australia

Presbyterian Reformed Church

Reach Out for Christ Limited

Reformed Presbyterian Church of Australia, The

Religious Society of Friends, The

Revival Centres International

Revival Fellowship, The

Rhema Family Churches Australia

Roman Catholic Church

Romanian Orthodox Church

Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia

Salvation Army, The

Serbian Orthodox Church in Australia and New Zealand, The

Seventh‑day Adventist Church

Sikh Council of Australia Incorporated, The

Society of Saint Pius X Limited

Southern Cross Association of Churches, The

Strict and Particular Baptist Churches of Australia, The

Ukrainian Autocephalic Orthodox Church in Diaspora,
Diocese of Australia and New Zealand


United Aborigines Mission

United Church of God — Australia

United Pentecostal Church of Australia

United Spiritualism of Australia

Uniting Church in Australia, The

Victorian Spiritualists’ Union

Victory Life Centre Incorporated

Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Connexion in Victoria, The

Wesleyan Methodist Church, The

Westminster Presbyterian Church, The

Worldwide Church of God

Worship Centre Christian Churches Worldwide (Australia) Ltd

Notes to the Marriage (Recognised Denominations) Proclamation 2007

Note 1

The Marriage (Recognised Denominations) Proclamation 2007 (in force under section 26 of the Marriage Act 1961) as shown in this compilation is amended as indicated in the Tables below.

Table of Instruments


Date of FRLI registration

Date of

Application, saving or
transitional provisions

Marriage (Recognised Denominations) Proclamation 2007

8 Oct 2007 (see F2007L03887)

9 Oct 2007


Marriage (Recognised Denominations) Amendment Proclamation 2010 (No. 1)

31 Mar 2010 (see F2010L00732)

1 Apr 2010

Table of Amendments

ad. = added or inserted      am. = amended      rep. = repealed      rs. = repealed and substituted

Provision affected

How affected

Schedule 1


Schedule 1............................

am. 2010 No. 1