1. The International College of Celebrancy (ICC) was established in 1995 as the first school of studies for civil celebrancy in Australia, and through the work of its Principal Dally Messenger III who established civil celebrancy courses in USA and the United Kingdom, has led the world in the development of civil celebrancy as a profession in its own right.

  2. The International College of Celebrancy bases its education and training of independent civil celebrants on the following premises:

    1. Ceremony is a basic expression of culture. Ceremonies in society express, reinforce, and transmit important moral and social values.  Ceremonies are mechanisms which express and generate love, forge and declare the bond between individuals and which establish and identify community. 

    2. Ceremony has been used for thousands of years as a psychological, spiritual, social and cultural mechanism to assist people to adapt to major life changes, whether in status, role, family or social values and structures.

    3. There is a relationship between health and wellbeing and the role of ceremonies and celebrations in societies. This is more obvious in ceremonies of loss, such as funerals and memorials, but equally important in ceremonies and celebrations that acknowledge love and life, such as engagements, marriage, christenings, namings, birthdays and wedding anniversaries.

      “Celebrations have the potential to make a positive contribution to health and wellbeing, as both a setting, and as a process. More specifically, they have the potential to: 
      1. Contribute towards healthy lifespan development for the individual; 
      2. Facilitate personal and social healing; and 
      3. Enhance social, mental, emotional, physical and spiritual growth for both individuals and communities” (1)

    4. Civil celebrants need a profound intellectual grasp, and a deep emotional appreciation, of what rites of passage, rituals and ceremonies mean to the individual person and to society.

  3. The College also offers the Certificate IV in Celebrancy for people wanting to gain authorisation from the Attorney-General’s Department as Commonwealth civil marriage celebrants.

  4. The College also offers national continuing professional development activities, approved by the Attorney-General’s Department, for Commonwealth marriage celebrants to meet their annual professional development obligations under the Act.

  5. The International College of Celebrancy Association of Alumni and Friends (ICCA) was established by graduates of the College’s Diploma courses and supports civil celebrants who offer a range of ceremonies and who believe in
    1. the significance of ceremony as a rite of passage in our society
    2. the significance of cultural identity and understanding in our ceremonies
    3. providing best practice in ceremony
    4. providing ceremonies to acknowledge all life celebrations and significant events
    5. upholding civil law and human rights principles

  6. This submission is based upon certain basic assumptions outlined in Attachment 1​