What is the world is a NOIM?

The NOIM or (Notice of Intent to Marry) is the first legal document you will fill in. It has certain specifications that need to be followed.

Who can sign a NOIM in Australia?

The NOIM needs to be signed by both parties being married, and witnessed by a relevant authority.

Who is a relevant authority that can sign a NOIM?

An authorized celebrant, a Commissioner for Declarations, a justice of the peace, a barrister or solicitor, a legally qualified medical practitioner, or a member of the federal police or state or territory police.

Who is a legally qualified medical practitioner?

A legally qualified medical practitioner is someone who is registered by the Medical Board of Australia. The list of specialties is enormous, so if they are a GP or a specialist doctor then they will be registered by this boards. For example, a surgeon, an obstetrician, a paediatrician, an anaesthetist, a dermatologist etc.  

Can we sign the NOIM at separate times?

The marriage act allows for one party to sign the NOIM and lodge it. The second party to the marriage must sign and have their portion witnessed, before the marriage is solemnised.

What if we are not in Australia, who can witness our NOIM?

“If a party signs the notice outside Australia– an Australian Diplomatic officer, an Australian Consular Officer, an employee of the Commonwealth authorised under paragraph 3 © of the Consular Fees Act1955, an employee of the Australian Trade Commission authorized under paragraph3 (d) of the Consular Fees Act 1955 or a notary public.”

Who cannot witness a NOIM?

Pharmacists, Dentists, Registered Nurses, Physiotherapist, Chiropractor or Psychologist cannot witness a NOIM.

Whatever you do, get this document in on time. Or else you will be having a commitment ceremony and not a legal wedding.