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About marriage in Australia

In Australia, men and women over 18 years old can get married. You don’t have to get married if you don’t want to.

Ask for help if you’re worried or confused. Talk to a friend or someone you trust, even if people are telling you not to.


What happens if I talk to someone?

There are people you can go to for help. They can support you to make your own decisions.


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For free and private help from a lawyer you can send a text, call or email, Mon-Fri 9am-5pm.

Doctors & Nurses

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Your school nurse or local doctor can help you. Click on the website below to find your closest doctor.

Kids Helpline

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Call the kids helpline, and you will get help.

Australian Federal Police

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If you think you’re going to be taken overseas to get married, call or email the Australian Federal Police.


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Call Triple Zero (000) from any phone (even if there’s a password) if there’s an emergency or you’re hurt.

Someone you trust

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Your friend, teacher or school counsellor

More information about marriage

Nobody can force you to get married. It doesn’t matter

  • what your age is
  • what country or family background you come from
  • whether you are male or female
  • what your culture or religion is

If you are under 18 you can’t get married except in very special circumstances when a judge at a court agrees. If you’re under the age of 16 you can’t get married at all.

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