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Quick Facts about Entering a Civil Partnership in Queensland

In Queensland couples, regardless of gender, may enter into a civil partnership via a Civil Partnership Declaration Ceremony conducted by a Civil Partnership Notary.
  • You must give at least 10 clear days of your intention to enter into a civil partnership, which means that your ceremony can take place on the 12th day after you lodge your Notice of Intention to Enter a Civil Partnership with your chosen Civil Partnership Notary
  • There is no capacity to reduce the notice period
  • You must both be at least 18
  • At least one of you must be resident in Queensland
  • You must provide certified copies of documentary evidence of your identity
  • If you have previously been married or in a registered relationship or civil partnership/civil union, you must provide certified copies of documentary evidence that your previous relationship has been legally terminated.
Requirements of the Civil Partnership Act 2011 for your declaration ceremony
These are the four things that must happen during the ceremony.
  • You must have at least 1 witnesses present
    You may have as many guests as you like, but a witness, over the age of 18 must be designated as your legal witness. They also have to be able to understand what is going on and be present for the whole ceremony.
  • Your full names must be used in the ceremony
  • You must each make a statement that you are freely entering into the civil partnership
  • You must also sign the Declaration that is evidence that the ceremony has taken place.