Last updated 2 August 2016

Males and females who are 18 years or older can marry without the consent of anyone else (s 11 Marriage Act 1961 (Cth) (Marriage Act)).

Children between 16 and 18 years of age may marry in exceptional circumstances, but either the consent of their parent(s) or guardian(s) is required, or there must be a dispensation of this requirement by a prescribed authority.

If consent is unreasonably withheld, a magistrate or judge may give the necessary consent (ss 12–16 Marriage Act). Consent will only be granted in exceptional and unusual circumstances. Pregnancy is not, by itself, an exceptional or unusual circumstance, but it may be a factor of importance.