Civil Celebrant


Civil celebrants design, plan and perform civil (non-religious) marriage ceremonies, funerals, commitment ceremonies, namings and other ceremonies, in consultation with individuals, couples and families.

Duties & Tasks

Civil celebrants may perform the following tasks:

  • work with individuals, couples, families or other groups to create a ceremony meeting their requirements
  • design and organise personalised ceremonies and deliver these ceremonies to a wide range of audiences in a variety of settings
  • perform marriages and ensure legal paperwork is correct and submitted on time
  • communicate with people dealing with significant life changes, including loss and grief
  • use computer and internet systems for research, marketing, communication and support via professional organisations and the Attorney-General's Department.

Working Conditions

Funerals, memorials and other loss ceremonies can be emotionally demanding for both celebrants and their clients.

Personal Requirements

  • enjoy working with a variety of different people
  • good oral and written communication skills
  • confident in public-speaking situations
  • creative, flexible, tactful and empathetic
  • mature, ethical, responsible, dedicated and conscientious
  • socially and psychologically insightful
  • good organisation skills.

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