When And How You Can Get Married In Australia: A State-By-State Breakdown


State governments have announced the easing of COVID-19 restrictions through a three-phase plan, including the reopening of schools and limited re-entry to pubs, cafes and restaurants. But, what does this mean for weddings?

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Here is the wedding legislation breakdown, by state:

New South Wales

The maximum number of people who may attend a wedding is the maximum number of people allowed on the premises, which is one person per 4 square metres.

Wedding services are no longer subject to separate limits, with the exception of a wedding at a place of residence (which can have the greater of 20 people or one person per 4 square metres of space).  

People attending will be required to provide their name and contact details so that they can be used for contact tracing.

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Victoria

From 11:59pm on 21 June, 20 people can attend a wedding  in addition to the couple, and the celebrant. Children are counted in the person limit.

If a wedding is held in a home, the restrictions on private gatherings apply. This means up to 20 people, including the couple, are allowed. The celebrant, who is required for the service, is not included in the limit.

Venue operators or the celebrant at a wedding or funeral are required to request the first name and contact phone number of each person attending the wedding, and keep records for 28 days for contact tracing purposes.

A recreational facility such as a community hall can be used for a wedding. Weddings held at a community hall can have up to 20 people in attendance, in addition to the couple and the celebrant. The venue must apply the one person per four square metre rule.

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Queensland

From the 3rd of July, 100 pax weddings are permissible, in addition to the celebrant and the couple with social distancing and hygiene requirements in place.

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Western Australia

You can have a wedding of up to 100 people.

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South Australia

South Australia will implement the two square metre rule per person for indoor gatherings, restaurants, bars and cafes when it moves to Stage 3 on Monday 29 June.

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Tasmania

Up to 40 attendees can attend religious gatherings, ceremonies and instruction; non-denominational ceremonies; and similar services. This number excluding staff or volunteers present to facilitate the service or ceremony.

Services and venues involved in religious ceremonies, funerals and weddings must have a COVID-19 Workplace Safety Plan in place. This applies to both indoor and outdoor weddings.

Please note that additional changes to gathering limits (including weddings, funerals and religious ceremonies) will come into effect from midday Wednesday 17 June 2020. For more information visit Important Community Updates.

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Northern Territory

When planning the event, you should review all aspects that may increase the risk of COVID-19 transmission to inform the development of your COVID-19 Event Safety Plan PDF. The Plan should address the following essential criteria.

Provide key event details including (but not limited to):

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Australian Capital Territory

Wedding ceremonies can now have up to 100 people (excluding those conducting the service or assisting in the conduct of the wedding) or one person per 4 square metres, whichever is lower.

Wedding celebrations should be held in accordance with rules for the hospitality sector.

Wedding and funeral organisers must keep a record of the names and contact numbers of individuals attending. Details can be safely destroyed after 28 days.

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Last updated: 24th of June, 2020

Digital Content Coordinator: Zoe Kanlis

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