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Proclamations/Other as amended, taking into account amendments up to Marriage (Recognised Denominations) Amendment (New Denominations and Other Name Changes) Proclamation 2015
This proclamation declares religious bodies or organisations to be recognised denominations for the purposes of the Marriage Act 1961. Recognised denominations are permitted to nominate ministers of religion directly to State and Territory Registrars of Births, Deaths and Marriages for authorisation 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 09 Nov 2015
Start Date 04 Nov 2015
End Date 30 May 2018
Date of repeal 27 Nov 2018
Repealed by Marriage (Recognised Denominations) Proclamation 2018
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Marriage (Recognised Denominations) Proclamation 2007

made under section 26 of the

Marriage Act 1961

Compilation No. 4

Compilation date:                              4 November 2015

Includes amendments up to:            Marriage (Recognised Denominations) Amendment (New Denominations and Other Name Changes) Proclamation 2015

Registered:                                         9 November 2015


About this compilation

This compilation

This is a compilation of the Marriage (Recognised Denominations) Proclamation 2007 that shows the text of the law as amended and in force on 4 November 2015 (the compilation date).

This compilation was prepared on 4 November 2015.

The notes at the end of this compilation (the endnotes) include information about amending laws and the amendment history of provisions of the compiled law.

Uncommenced amendments

The effect of uncommenced amendments is not shown in the text of the compiled law. Any uncommenced amendments affecting the law are accessible on ComLaw (www.comlaw.gov.au). The details of amendments made up to, but not commenced at, the compilation date are underlined in the endnotes. For more information on any uncommenced amendments, see the series page on ComLaw for the compiled law.

Application, saving and transitional provisions for provisions and amendments

If the operation of a provision or amendment of the compiled law is affected by an application, saving or transitional provision that is not included in this compilation, details are included in the endnotes.


If the compiled law is modified by another law, the compiled law operates as modified but the modification does not amend the text of the law. Accordingly, this compilation does not show the text of the compiled law as modified. For more information on any modifications, see the series page on ComLaw for the compiled law.

Self‑repealing provisions

If a provision of the compiled law has been repealed in accordance with a provision of the law, details are included in the endnotes.





1............ Name of Proclamation................................................................................................... 1

2............ Commencement............................................................................................................. 1

3............ Revocation of previous Proclamation............................................................................ 1

4............ Declaration of recognised denominations...................................................................... 1

Schedule 1—Recognised denominations                                                                          2

Endnotes                                                                                                                                                                 7

Endnote 1—About the endnotes                                                                                                        7

Endnote 2—Abbreviation key                                                                                                            8

Endnote 3—Legislation history                                                                                                         9

Endnote 4—Amendment history                                                                                                     10

1  Name of Proclamation

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

2  Commencement

                   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 1Recognised denominations

(section 4)


A2A Ltd.

Aboriginal Evangelical Fellowship of Australia

Ananda Marga

Anglican Catholic Church in Australia, The

Anglican Church of Australia, The

Antiochian Orthodox Church

Apostolic Church Australia Limited

Apostolic Church of Queensland, The

Armenian Apostolic Church in Australia, The

Assembly of God Church of Samoa in Australia Inc

Associated Christian Ministries

Associated Christian Spiritual Churches of Australia

Australian Christadelphian Ecclesia

Australian Christian Churches

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

Australian United Shia Islamic Councils Incorporated

Australian Zoroastrian Association of NSW Incorporated

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

Caodai Overseas Missionary (Australia) Incorporated

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 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 (Australia), The

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 and New Zealand

Connexions Ltd

Cook Islands Christian Church

Coptic Orthodox Church of Australia

CRC Churches International

Crosslink Christian Network

Dream Centre Christian Church Limited

Edge Church International Ltd

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 Church of Tonga, The

Free Reformed Churches 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

Grace Communion International Ltd

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia

Hindu Council of Australia, The

Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East

Hope Ministries Australia

Hungarian Reformed Church of Australia, The

Iglesia ni Cristo

Independent Baptist Fellowship

Independent Baptists of Australia

Independent Church of Australia, The

Indian Orthodox Church Incorporated

International Council of Spiritualists

International Society for Krishna Consciousness


Jehovah’s Witnesses


Korean Presbyterian Reformed Church Incorporated

Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church in Victoria, The

Liberal Catholic Church, The

Life Church International Limited

Lutheran Church of Australia Incorporated, The

Macedonian‑Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Church

Macedonian Orthodox Church, Diocese of Australia and New Zealand

Mar Thoma Syrian Church of Malabar

Ministers Fellowship International

National Sikh Council of Australia Inc

New Apostolic Church in Australia, The

New Church in Australia, The

One Light Federation


Pacific LMS Church Australasia Inc.

Peace Christian Ministries Limited

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

Restoration Fellowships International

Revival Centres International

Revival Fellowship, The

Rhema Family Churches Australia

Riverview Church Incorporated

Roman Catholic Church

Romanian Orthodox Church

Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia

Sabian Mandaean Religious Community

Salvation Army, The

Serbian Orthodox Church in Australia and New Zealand, The

Seventh‑day Adventist Church

Shree Sanatan Dharm Pratinidhi Sabha of Australia Inc

Society of Saint Pius X Limited

Southern Cross Association of Churches, The

Spirit of the Earth Medicine Society

Strict and Particular Baptist Churches of Australia, The

Syrian Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia and New Zealand (Patriarchal Vicarate) Limited

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

Ukrainian Catholic Church in Australia


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

Vineyard Churches Australia

Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Connexion in Victoria, The

Wesleyan Methodist Church, The

Westminster Presbyterian Church, The

Worship Centre Christian Churches Worldwide (Australia) Ltd


Endnote 1—About the endnotes

The endnotes provide information about this compilation and the compiled law.

The following endnotes are included in every compilation:

Endnote 1—About the endnotes

Endnote 2—Abbreviation key

Endnote 3—Legislation history

Endnote 4—Amendment history

Endnotes about misdescribed amendments and other matters are included in a compilation only as necessary.

Abbreviation key—Endnote 2

The abbreviation key sets out abbreviations that may be used in the endnotes.

Legislation history and amendment history—Endnotes 3 and 4

Amending laws are annotated in the legislation history and amendment history.

The legislation history in endnote 3 provides information about each law that has amended (or will amend) the compiled law. The information includes commencement details for amending laws and details of any application, saving or transitional provisions that are not included in this compilation.

The amendment history in endnote 4 provides information about amendments at the provision (generally section or equivalent) level. It also includes information about any provision of the compiled law that has been repealed in accordance with a provision of the law.

Misdescribed amendments

A misdescribed amendment is an amendment that does not accurately describe the amendment to be made. If, despite the misdescription, the amendment can be given effect as intended, the amendment is incorporated into the compiled law and the abbreviation “(md)” added to the details of the amendment included in the amendment history.

If a misdescribed amendment cannot be given effect as intended, the abbreviation “(md not incorp)” is added to the details of the amendment included in the amendment history.

Endnote 2—Abbreviation key


A = Act

o = order(s)

ad = added or inserted

Ord = Ordinance

am = amended

orig = original

amdt = amendment

par = paragraph(s)/subparagraph(s)

c = clause(s)


C[x] = Compilation No. x

pres = present

Ch = Chapter(s)

prev = previous

def = definition(s)

(prev…) = previously

Dict = Dictionary

Pt = Part(s)

disallowed = disallowed by Parliament

r = regulation(s)/rule(s)

Div = Division(s)

Reg = Regulation/Regulations

exp = expires/expired or ceases/ceased to have

reloc = relocated


renum = renumbered

F = Federal Register of Legislative Instruments

rep = repealed

gaz = gazette

rs = repealed and substituted

LI = Legislative Instrument

s = section(s)/subsection(s)

LIA = Legislative Instruments Act 2003

Sch = Schedule(s)

(md) = misdescribed amendment can be given

Sdiv = Subdivision(s)


SLI = Select Legislative Instrument

(md not incorp) = misdescribed amendment

SR = Statutory Rules

    cannot be given effect

Sub‑Ch = Sub‑Chapter(s)

mod = modified/modification

SubPt = Subpart(s)

No. = Number(s)

underlining = whole or part not


    commenced or to be commenced


Endnote 3—Legislation history



FRLI registration


Application, saving and transitional provisions

Marriage (Recognised Denominations) Proclamation 2007

8 Oct 2007 (F2007L03887)

9 Oct 2007 (s 2)


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

31 Mar 2010 (F2010L00732)

1 Apr 2010 (s 2)

Marriage (Recognised Denominations) Amendment Proclamation 2013

17 June 2013 (F2013L01025)

18 June 2013 (s 2)

Marriage (Recognised Denominations) Amendment (Name Changes) Proclamation 2015

23 June 2015 (F2015L00875)

24 June 2015 (s 2)

Marriage (Recognised Denominations) Amendment (New Denominations and Other Name Changes) Proclamation 2015

3 Nov 2015 (F2015L01744)

4 Nov 2015 (s 2(1) item 1)


Endnote 4—Amendment history


Provision affected

How affected

Schedule 1


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

am No 1, 2010; F2013L01025; F2015L00875; F2015L01744