Marriage Celebrant’s Assessment Welcome to your Marriage Celebrant Course Assessment. This assessment task contains 25 multiple choice questions based on the Full Gospel Australia Marriage Manual, which can be downloaded from our website. Please familiarise yourself with the manual prior to attempting this quiz. This is an open-book assessment, meaning that you may consult the manual as you are attempting the questions. The Marriage Manual can be downloaded by clicking this link. The pass-mark for this assessment is 100% and must be completed by all new applicants for an ordained credential prior to ordination and by existing ordained ministers as part of their Professional Development. We trust you will enjoy this exercise and welcome any comments, criticisms or suggestions. Your full name Your email address How soon after the completion of the Notice of Intended Marriage form can a couple marry?Three monthsOne month, unless an application for shortening has been applied forOne year14 daysWhen filling in the Notice of Intended Marriage form, the celebrant must fill in any questions that cannot be answered with:"NA""Not known"A blank space"???"Conclusive evidence that the marriage was solemnised includes which three official documents?Photos of the ceremony, video documentation, and an affidavit by the father of the brideAn article in the social column of the Sunday paper, wedding invitations, and a marriage certificate (Form 15)An official certificate for registration purposes (Form 16, which has the declarations on the back), a second official certificate (a marriage registry book), and a certificate given to the couple (Form 15, which has security features built into it.)A Notice of Intended Marriage form, Form 16, and the marriage registry bookFor people who are born overseas, the following evidence of birth is acceptable:School recordsA letter from the party’s parents, signed by a Justice of the Peace and translated if necessaryDental recordsA foreign birth certificate or passport (as long as it shows the date and place of birth)For Australian citizens, evidence of birth is supported by:A current credit card statementAn official certificate of birth or an official extract of an entry in an official register or an Australian passportTwo of the following: a rates notice, driver’s license, credit card and student ID with photoThe statement of two or three witnessesCan a minister of religion require a fee for solemnising a marriage?A minister of religion may require a fee for solemnising a marriage. However, a minister of religion of a recognised denomination may have his or her name removed from the register if a Registrar of Ministers of Religion is satisfied that the minister has been making a business of solemnising marriages for the purpose of profit or gain.A fee may be required of people who are not regular congregational membersNo. A minister of religion must not require a fee for service.A fee may be required however, it belongs to the church organisation and not the minister“Prohibited relationships” (i.e., relationships that cannot legally marry) include:A woman marrying her first cousinA man marrying his half sisterA woman marrying her sister’s husband’s brotherA man marrying his brother’s wife’s sisterOne of the couple who are being married does not speak English. What must you do?Allow the other member of the couple to translate for the one who speaks another languageDon't worry about it. If the person is smiling and seems okay with what is happening, it must be all right.Translate through sign language as best you can and raise your voice to help them understand.An interpreter must be present who is a person other than the marrying parties. The interpreter must supply a statutory declaration that he/she is able to interpret in the languages in question.The couple to be married have already had a civil ceremony and now want a "Christian Wedding." What is the protocol?The couple are required to renounce their first marriage to each other before the ceremony and documents can be completed.If the couple are already married, the celebrant must not prepare or issue a second certificate of marriage under the Act.Contact the Attorney-General's office for advice on the matterThe Christian ceremony takes precedence in the eyes of God, so continue as normal.Marriage celebrants are legally duty-bound to inform the parties of:Their credentials to wed people in AustraliaThe expectation that they will have many children to the glory of GodThe celebrant's fee for the serviceThe obligations and consequences of marriage, a pamphlet called Happily Ever Before and After (and notate in the appropriate space in the Notice of Intended Marriage form that this has been done)Whose responsibility is it to notify the Attorney General of any change in the celebrant's status?The denomination (Full Gospel Australia) must ensure that the Attorney-General's records are up-to-date at all timesSection 35 requires Ministers of Religion to notify the Attorney-General’s office within 30 days of any changes, including change of name, address, designation, and withdrawal from the ministry.The Australian Electoral Commission alerts the Attorney-General's office of any changes in a Celebrant's statusThere is no need to notify anyone of any change in a celebrant's status, it is their own private businessThe government agency that oversees the laws of marriage is:The Department of ImmigrationThe Department of Public ProsecutionThe Department of FamiliesThe Attorney General’s DepartmentAnother minister who is not a celebrant is chosen by the couple to marry them. They ask you to officiate the marriage. How can you help in this situation?Give the documents to the other minister and have them brought back to you for checking, signing and then sending to the Department of Births, Deaths and Marriages.You must never officiate a marriage where you are not the minister who performs the ceremony.Sign all the documents before the marriage and give them to the other minister to perform the ceremony and fill in the documents.The authorised celebrant must be present as a part of the ceremonial group or in close proximity to it. You are responsible for ensuring the ceremony is carried out according to law and make your presence as the authorised celebrant known to the congregation. You must be available to intervene in a meaningful way and sign all the papers required by the Act.A marriage is not able to be solemnised when it is deemed “Non-consensual.” Absence of consent can be based on:"Cold feet"Duress or fraud, mistaken identity, mental incapacity to understand the nature and effect of the marriage ceremonyThe bride’s parents’ refusal to let their 22-year-old daughter be wedDisagreement of the best manThe qualifications of witnesses include:2 people over the age of 18, provided by the coupleAnyone who is available on the day.3 males who have known the groom for at least 10 years2 random people, chosen by the celebrantWhich of the following is NOT a record keeping obligation?The celebrant must record the number of each Form 15 they are issued with, what happens to each certificate and the date on which it is used.The celebrant must keep official copies of the parties’ birth certificates for six yearsIf certificates are lost or stolen, you must report it immediately to the Attorney General’s officeIf a mistake is made and a certificate (form 15) has to be destroyed, you must record this informationMarriageable age is:16 for both male and female1816 for females21The body of legislation that governs marriages in Australia is called:The Marriage Act of 1961The Wedding PlannerTHe Marriage Act of 2000The Department of CommunitiesHow long does a Notice of Intended Marriage last (i.e., once it has been filled in, how long is it valid)?15 months18 months12 months24 monthsWhich of the following designations must be used to describe a single (i.e., unmarried) person in the “conjugal status” space?SingleSpinsterNever marriedNever validly marriedWhich of the following is NOT A REQUIREMENT of Ministers of Religion before they can solemnise a marriage:A Minister of Religion must be familiar with the provisions of the marriage laws.A Minister of Religion must be registered with the Attorney GeneralA Minister of Religion must use the declared recognised denomination for the purpose of the Act and the designation (Reverend) shown on the letter confirming registration.A Minister of Religion must pay a $300 p.a. fee to the Attorney GeneralWithin 14 days of the ceremony, the celebrant must send which of the following documents to the registering authority?Notice of Intended Marriage form, Form 16, any orders under section 12 of the Act, and any statutory declarations, consents and dispensations with consentsNotice of Intended Marriage form, Form 16, and Form 15Form 16Notice of Intended Marriage form, Form 16, a photocopy of the registry entry, and a photo of the serviceWhen one of the couple has been previously married, the celebrant must:Contact the Attorney General’s department for adviceContact the ex-spouse to confirm the divorceSight the certificate of divorce or decree of death at least one day before the ceremonyRefer the divorcee to a counselorWhich Rites do you use to officiate a marriage as an ordained minister with Full Gospel AustraliaThe Rites of Christian MarriageThe Rites of the Full Gospel Churches of AustraliaThe Rites of Full Gospel AustraliaThe Rites of Pentecostal ChristiansAny of these, it doesn't matter which Rites are usedIf a mistake is made whilst filling in the form, the required process is:White Out and write over itStrike through with a single line and initial by all parties and the celebrantCompletely black out the mistake and initialDisregard mistakes as this is a preliminary documentTime is Up!