Same Sex Relationships

Same sex marriages are not recognised in Australia, even if you get married in a country that does recognise it.

In Tasmania, same sex relationships are recognised as significant relationships, and can be formally registered with a  Deed of Relationship, which gives partners the same legal rights as a married couple for most things.

Tasmania recognises overseas marriages, but can only recognise them as Deeds of Relationship due to the current Commonwealth laws.  For more information you can contact Births, Deaths and Marriages.

If you wish to get married overseas, you should find out more information from the embassy or consulate of the country in which you would like to marry.  Foreign governments may require you to provide Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage (CNI) before your marriage can go ahead. These CNI certificates can be issued by DFAT before you leave, but some foreign governments may require your CNI certificate to be provided by the Australian embassy or consulate within their country, and there may be documents, such as a Single Status Certificate, that you need to take with you.