While you can't register an overseas marriage in Australia, in most cases, the marriage will be legally recognised in Australia if it's legally recognised in the country you married in

Before you marry overseas

If you plan to marry overseas, contact the country's embassy, consulate or local representative in Australia about that country's legal requirements.

To find foreign embassies, consulates and local representatives, visit the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) website (External link)

Documents you may need

To marry overseas, you may need to provide proof that you're free to marry (i.e. not currently married), such as:

Recognition of overseas marriages

While a marriage that takes place overseas can't be registered in Australia, it will generally be recognised if:

  • It's recognised under the law of the country where the marriage took place
  • It's between a man and a woman
  • Both bride and groom are at least 18 years of age
  • Neither bride nor groom is married to another person at the time of marriage.

If you married overseas, you need to:

  • Make sure your marriage is registered in that country
  • Have evidence of the marriage, including official, commemorative or keepsake documents you got at the time of the ceremony.

Overseas same-sex marriages and civil partnerships

As Commonwealth legislation doesn't currently recognise same-sex marriages, an overseas same-sex marriage or civil partnership is recognised in Victoria as a registered domestic relationship

Changing your family name

If you were born or married overseas, you can't take your spouse's family name automatically. You need to apply to change your name.