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What’s a NOIM? It’s a legal document you must give to your celebrant at least one month (and no more than 18 months) before your marriage ceremony. If we’re meeting in person I can give you a copy, and it’s also available to download here.
The NOIM has four pages in total and it’s a simple but important process to enter your details and submit the completed document to your celebrant. Having said that, a few questions pop up regularly so to make it easy, here’s your step-by-step guide.
How to complete Pages 1 & 2 of your NOIM
These are the instructions. Start by reading these since your information needs to be entered perfectly accurately (no pressure).
How to complete Page 3 of your NOIM
Q1 Description of Party: There’s 3 options; Groom / Bride / Partner. Select the one that best describes yourself.
Q2 Surname: Also known as your ‘last name’ or ‘family name’. Write it exactly as it appears on your identification (eg. passport).
Q3 Given names: This is your first name and also any middle name(s). Write it exactly as it appears on your identification. For example, people my know you as "Beth", but your full first name is actually "Elizabeth" and your middle name is “Sarah” - so when completing the NOIM in you must write “Elizabeth Sarah” in this box.
Q4 Sex: There’s 3 options; Male / Female / X. Select the one that you identify with.
Q5 Usual Occupation: Write your current job title, eg “Marketing Manager”. Do not write your general area of expertise, eg “Management”.
Q6 Usual place of residence: Write the full address of where you currently live. If you’re planning to move, you should still write your current address.
Q7 Conjugal status: There’s 3 options; never validly married / widowed / divorced. Select the one that describes your current situation. Don’t write “single” or anything else apart from the 3 options provided.
Q8 Birthplace: If born in Australia, write the city/town and State/Territory. If born overseas, write the country. This should match the information on your passport and birth certificate
Q9 Date of birth: This should match the date on your identification.
Q10 If party born outside Australia, total period of residence in Australia: If you’ve been living in Australia for less than two years, provide the number of years and months. If you’ve been living in Australia for two years or more, just provide the completed number of years. For example, a period of five years, nine months residence need be stated only as five years. This information is collected for statistical purposes; there’s no minimum residency requirement for marriage in Australia.
Q11 Father’s name in full: Write this as it appears on his identification, i.e. his first name, any middle name(s), and surname.
Q12 Mother’s maiden name in full: Be sure you write your mother’s maiden surname (not married surname), plus of course first name and any middle name(s).
Q13 Father’s country of birth: Write the country your father was born in, or otherwise write ‘unknown’
Q14 Mother’s country of birth: Write the country your mother was born in, or otherwise write ‘unknown’
Questions 15 - 20 only apply if you’ve previously married. If this is your first time, skip to page 4.
Q15 Number of previous marriages: Write the number of times have you previously been married.
Q16 Year of each previous marriage ceremony: The year of each marriage is sufficient, or you can provide the exact date if you want.
Q17 Number of children of the previous marriage or marriages born alive: This is asking for the number of children from any previous marriage including children born or adopted before/after the previous marriage took place (not with the person you’re currently planning to marry).
Q18 Year of birth of each of those children: As it appears on their birth certificate.
Q19 How LAST marriage terminated: There’s 3 options; death / divorce / nullity. Select the one that describes the ending of your most recent marriage.
Q20 Date on which last spouse died, or date on which dissolution of last marriage became final or nullity order made: This information should match the divorce certificate / death certificate.
How to complete Page 4 of your NOIM
“Are the parties related to each other?” If the answer is “yes” please be aware that parties too closely related are not eligible to be married in Australia.
Signatures of Party 1 & Party 2: Remember this needs to be done in front of a qualified witness - so don’t sign without your witness present! As your celebrant I’m qualified to be the witness so if we live within a reasonable distance from each other, let’s chat about meeting in person and we can complete your NOIM together. Otherwise, you can get a Justice of the Peace or other qualified witness. Ideally, the NOIM should have both your signatures when its submitted. If it’s genuinely not possible for one of you to sign at least one month before the ceremony (e.g. travelling overseas/interstate) then it’s possible to lodge your NOIM with just one party’s signature, so long as the other party signs it my presence before the marriage is solemnised. Note there are exceptions to this rule; for example it’s not okay for the NOIM to be submitted with only one party’s signature if the wedding is intended to be a surprise for the other party. Both parties must be aware of the NOIM and consent to the intended marriage at the time the NOIM is lodged with your celebrant.
Signature of witness: Needs to be a qualified witness, such as your marriage celebrant or a Justice of the Peace.
Supporting Documents you’ll need
Evidence of your name, date and place of birth: Usually a passport is sufficient, otherwise your original birth certificate and driver licence is also fine. If you don’t have a passport, or your birth certificate has been lost or destroyed and you genuinely cannot obtain a new one, then talk to me about your options.
If you’ve previously been married: You’ll need to show me evidence of how the previous marriage ended, e.g. divorce certificate / death certificate
If your original documents are in a language other than English: You’ll need to provide an English translation by an accredited translator.
Other Key Points
Make sure to lodge your NOIM with your celebrant no later than one month before the date of your ceremony. If you miss this deadline a special application will need to made but approval is only granted under exceptional circumstances… best not to leave it to the last minute! Ideal scenario is to submit your NOIM with plenty of time in advance.
Accuracy is important. It’s a criminal offence to give a NOIM to a celebrant if you know it contains a false statement or is defective.