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This fact sheet contains an overview of forced marriage in Australia.

A forced marriage is when when a person gets married without freely and fully consenting because of threats, deception or coercion, or when a person was incapable of understanding the nature and effect of the marriage ceremony.

In Australia, forced marriage is a crime under the Commonwealth Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth). It is an offence to:

  • Cause a person to enter into a forced marriage; or
  • Be a party to a forced marriage, where you know your spouse is the victim of a forced marriage.

A forced marriage can happen to a person of any age, gender sexual orientation, religious or cultural background. Forced marriage is a slavery-like practice and a violation of human rights.


For more information about forced marriage visit the My Blue Sky website or download a forced marriage community pack available from the Attorney-General’s Department website here.


If you think someone is in a forced marriage, or in immediate danger of forced marriage, call the Australian Federal Police on 131 237.

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