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Queensland couples will again be able to hold official civil partnership ceremonies from early next month.

The Palaszczuk Government passed an amendment bill in December 2015 to reverse the Newman Government’s 2012 changes to the state’s civil partnership scheme. The new bill restored the ceremonies and changed the term “registered relationship” back to “civil partnership.”

Now the Department of Justice and Attorney-General has announced the ceremonies can recommence from as early as April 2, after couples have provided at least 10 days notice.

Couples can do this from today (March 22), when the new legislation comes into effect.

“The latest moves restore the right of couples, regardless of gender, to celebrate their relationship with a civil partnership ceremony,” a department spokesman said.

“Additionally, from March 22 people can apply to be registered as a civil partnership notary to conduct these ceremonies.”

Ceremonies can be conducted at the Brisbane Registry Office and at Magistrates Courts across the state. Individual Magistrates Courts should be contacted for their hours of operation for ceremonies, the department said.

For more information, visit the Queensland Government’s civil partnerships website here.

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