The Marriage Regulations 2017 (Cth) Schedule 3 - Circumstances for authorising marriage despite late notice. The 5 prescribed categories are sets out below.

They are;

    • 1  Employment‑related or other travel commitments
    • 2  Wedding or celebration arrangements
    • 3  Medical reasons
    • 4  Legal proceedings
    • 5  Error in giving notice

Please click and read Schedule 3 to see full details and documentation required

Please note;

  • the reason for seeking a shortening of time must fall within one of the prescribed categories before the application can be considered
  • a prescribed authority has no discretion to grant a shortening of time outside the circumstances covered by these categories
  • the granting of a shortening of time is not automatic, and
  • a prescribed authority may charge an application fee celebrants should suggest that the couple check if a fee is charged when making an appointment with a prescribed authority

The Process


1. Contact your Local Court or Births, Deaths and Marriage and explain that you require a meeting with a Prescribed Authority to arrange a Shortening of Time for your marriage Notice. Explain to them why you think you should get a shortening of time and ask what you will need to provide. They should be able to give you an indication at this point if your application for a shortening will be considered.

If they believe it is a possibility, make an appointment to see the Prescribed Authority.

2. Immediately, once you have made an appointment to see a Prescribed Authority, contact Simple Ceremonies (via phone 0412477141) to find an available date that would work for your ceremony (less than one month from today). You will then be directed on how you can book a ceremony less than one calendar month from today.

3. Once you have made your booking with Simple Ceremonies you will be directed through to complete a Notice of Intended Marriage form (NoIM) on-line, have it signed and witnessed  and email it back to Simple Ceremonies.

We will then email you back;

  • an updated  NoIM, which includes the date we received your NoIM
  • a letter confirming the lodgement of your Notice of Intended Marriage and also confirming we are available to perform your ceremony on the booked date.

You will  need to take to your Meeting with the Prescribed Authority

  • the updated NoIM
  • the letter (referred to above)
  • evidence to support your application. To see documentation required please see Schedule 3 of the Marriage Regulations 2017

4. Both you and your partner will need to attend the meeting with the Prescribed Authority. They will advise you of what documents you will need to take with you, but these will include;

  • the Notice of Intended Marriage.
  • a letter from your celebrant
  • evidence to support your application. For more information on this see Schedule 3 of the Marriage Regulations 2017

5. Once you are successful with the Prescribed Authority and they provide a Shortening of Time (they will note this on your Notice of Intended Marriage form, sign and stamp it), please notify Simple Ceremonies so we can confirm your booking.

If you are not successful in getting a shortening of time, please contact Simple Ceremonies to arrange an alternative date, at least one calendar month from the date we received your Notice of Intended Marriage.