Keneally Giveth and Gillard Taketh Away

I received an email from
Deborah Nance
Registrar of Marriage Celebrants
Australian Government Attorney-General’s Department

The delightful Deborah has informed me that her department will be charging to administer my Celebrant Registration. Submissions are being invited to celebrantprogramreform@ag.gov.au Iwill probably send something but I think the conclusions have been made.

The reforms – announced in the Budget on 10 May 2011 – aim to strengthen the professionalism of marriage celebrants and will benefit marrying couples, marriage celebrants, and the community.

Yesterday’s announcement includes the introduction of an annual registration fee for Commonwealth marriage celebrants from 1 July 2013. The fee will be known as the ‘professional celebrants fee’. We will be consulting extensively with you, your professional organisations, as well as the broader community, prior to the introduction of this reform measure.

The Government has determined that the best way to ensure the Program’s long term sustainability and integrity is by recognising that the costs associated with the regulation of Commonwealth marriage celebrants should be met by celebrants themselves, as with other professionals such as migration agents.

This measure will ensure that the Commonwealth Marriage Celebrants Program remains financially and professionally viable over the longer term. It will ensure the Program continues to be effectively regulated and will improve service provision and support to Commonwealth marriage celebrants.

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About Sharron

Authorised Civil Marriage Celebrant performing wedding ceremonies & namings in Grafton, Yamba, Maclean throughout the Clarence Valley & nearby.
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