Some important info about civil partnerships in QLD
A civil partnership is a legally recognised committed relationship that may be entered into by 2 eligible adults, regardless of their sex. A civil partnership is recognised in Queensland, however may not necessarily be recognised in other states and territories.
Check out the attached ‘Written notice setting out the legal effect of civil partnership’ brochure issued by the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages Queensland for more information.
At our first meeting, I’ll go through all of this information with you and if you choose to go ahead with you booking, we can complete and lodge the required forms together.
To enter into a Civil Partnership in Queensland, there are certain requirements that must be met.
- To be eligible to enter into a civil partnership in Queensland:
- both partners must be 18 years or older
- neither partner can be married to another person or already in a civil partnership
- the relationship cannot be with a parent, descendent, sibling or half sibling
- at least 1 partner must live in Queensland
- you must both must sign the application form in the presence of a qualified witness
- all your documents must be in English or supplied with accredited translations as well as to the original document
- your declaration ceremony, if applicable, must
- include at least 1 witness over 18 years
- There are a number of different options available for your to enter into a civil partnership including:
- In a declaration ceremony at any of the following:
- OR you can enter into a civil partnership without a declaration ceremony by submitting the required paperwork to the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.
- You’ll need to complete and lodge a Notice of Intention to Enter into a Civil Partnership application form with your registered civil partnership notary at least 10 days before your declaration ceremony, and no earlier than 12 months before. For example, if you lodge your application on 1 February then the declaration ceremony may be held on 12 February or in the 12 months after.
- Your registered civil partnership notary must sight the following original identification for both partners at the time the Notice of Intent is lodged with the notary:
- Proof of ID for both of you
- Evidence that at least 1 of the partners resides in Queensland
- Evidence of any previous divorce or death of any former spouse, if applicable—such as an original divorce or death certificate
- Your civil partnership notary will then send a copy of this completed notice of intention to the Registry of BDM Qld. After your ceremony your notary is responsible for registering your civil partnership on your behalf.
- All of your documents must be in English—or you must supply the original document along with accredited translations if they are not.
- You will need to arrange to have one witness present at your marriage ceremony. This witnesses must be 18 years of age or over, of sound mind, and be able to understand and comprehend the ceremony. They will also be required to sign the official documentation as a witness.
- A translator/ interpreter will be required to translate any documents that are not in English, and to translate during the ceremony for either partner who does not speak or understand English. This service will need to be organised by the couple.
- You will be presented with a keepsake Civil Partnership certificate at your ceremony, however this is not an official document. You will then need to lodge an application and pay the required fee for an official Civil Partnership Certificate through the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages Qld.