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.
Personal requirements of a Civil Celebrant
- 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
Education & Training for a Civil Celebrant
You can work as a civil celebrant without formal qualifications. Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have qualifications. In order to perform weddings you will need to complete a VET qualification in celebrancy and meet the requirements for registration with the Attorney-Generalâ€™s Department. For more information, visit the Attorney-Generalâ€™s Department website.
Duties & Tasks of a Civil Celebrant
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-Generalâ€™s Department.
Working conditions for a Civil Celebrant
Funerals, memorials and other loss ceremonies can be emotionally demanding for both celebrants and their clients.
Employment Opportunities for a Civil Celebrant
Civil celebrants usually perform only a small number of weddings and other ceremonies each year. Most civil celebrants work casually or part-time.