CRITICAL. Your NoIM has to be completed
- online on the Simple Ceremonies website.
- signed & witnessed by an Authorised Person* OR NOW via VIDEO witnessed by us, and
- uploaded back to Simple Ceremonies at least ONE CALENDAR MONTH PRIOR to your ceremony date.
Watch this video for a summary of what's involved in completing your NoIM on-line & also have your signature witnessed on-line.
* Who can witness your NoIM? An Authorised Person.
Your signature on your NoIM must be witnessed by an Authorised Person.
NOTE. The Attorney General of Australia now permits NoIMs to be witnessed by an Authorised Person via video, in Australia only.
This is great news as you can now complete your NoIM without leaving home. Simply follow the directions above "Click here to start your NoIM online". Once you get through to signing the NoIM follow the directions and have one of the Authorised Persons (listed below) witness your NoIM via video. A celebrant from Simple Ceremonies can be your Authorised Person via video.
An Authorised Person Includes the following:
(a) if a party signs the Notice in Australia:
- an authorised Celebrant,
- a Commissioner for Declarations under the Statutory Declarations Act 1959,
- a Justice of the Peace,
- a barrister or solicitor,
- a legally qualified medical practitioner*,
- or a member of the Australian Federal Police or the police force of a State or Territory;
*a legally qualified medical practitioner means a person who is registered as a licensed practitioner with the Medical Board of Australia. The category is limited to GPs and specialist doctors and
It Does NOT include; pharmacists or physiotherapists, registered nurses, dentists or accountants.
(b) if a party signs the Notice outside Australia — an Australian Consular Officer, an Australian Diplomatic Officer, a notary public, an employee of the Commonwealth authorised under paragraph 3(c) of the Consular Fees Act 1955, or an employee of the Australian Trade Commission authorised under paragraph 3(d) of the Consular Fees Act 1955. Note: For the definitions of Australian Consular Officer and Australian Diplomatic Officer, see section 2 of the Consular Fees Act 1955.
Detail instructions to complete your Notice of Intended Marriage online and upload it back to us.
NB. Instructions are provided online when completing the NoIM so you need not read the details below - only if you are looking for clarification.
Step 1. Click on the button above "Start your Notice of Intended Marriage on-line" and enter your details. Ensure all your details are 100% correct before you "Submit" the form. If you need to pause the process, to check details, not a problem, you can "save' the details and return at a later date. If you do this you will need to save the URL provided to you to re-access your details. (Full instructions, including video, will guide you)
Step 2. Check all details are correct, when they are hit the "Submit" button. You will then receive an email within seconds with an attached PDF of your personalised Notice of Intended Marriage.
Step 3. Signing & witnessing you NoIM
Either with a hard copy of the NoIM you have printed or opened on your smart phone - you will need to sign (by pen or electronically) the form in front of an Authorised Person* (see below for a list of authorised witnesses*). Note. this can now be via video (see instructions once you have completed the filling out of the NoIM online)
If both parties cannot cannot conveniently have their signature witnessed by the Authorised Person - one party with suffice.
NB. However, both parties will need to sign "Permission to lodge the Notice of Intended Marriage form" attached to the NoIM (see the last page) and upload it back with the signed & witnessed NoIM and other required docs such as IDs. Then on the day of your ceremony, the party who was unable to sign the NoIM will sign in front of their Celebrant, who will then witness it.
Then have the Authorised Witness sign. *
Step 4. Then log back into your NoIM you completed online - https://simpleceremonies.com.au/noim_return/ and upload your documents, including;
- Signed & Witnessed NoIM
- Each of your IDs (Passport OR original Birth Certificate AND government issued photo ID eg Drivers License)
- Previous marriage documents (if applicable; Divorce or Death Certificate)
This needs to be done at least once calendar month prior to your ceremony date.
Step 5. Within 24 hours you should receive confirmation of the Lodgement of your Notice of Intended Marriage.
Until this is received your Notice has not been lodged. If you have not heard back within 24 hours OR your it is within hours of it being "one calendar month prior to your ceremony date, please contact us to confirm the Notice has been received and can be lodged.
NOTE. It is your responsibility to ensure that your NoIM is completed correctly and received one calendar month prior to your ceremony by a celebrant from Simple Ceremonies - this was agreed to when you made your booking and covered in our Terms.
. Your Notice should not be considered as lodged until you have received an email from Simple Ceremonies stating this. If you do not receive this email, within 24 hours, please contact us on 0412 477 141 or firstname.lastname@example.org to follow up at least once calendar month prior to your ceremony date - THIS IS CRITICAL.