Australia Says Yes: Could Marriage Equality Help Your Career Change?
The significant decision by Australian voters to back same-sex marriage by 61.6% might not seem like the opportunity to begin thinking about a career change, but it will have a big impact on the economy that may open many new doors to people who are seeking a change…
What does Marriage Equality mean for careers?
November 15th is set to become a historic day in Australia, with the announcement that Australians have voted overwhelmingly in favor of legalizing marriage equality. After years of campaigning and debates, Parliament is now likely to vote through an Act enshrining same-sex marriage into law before Christmas. The result is obviously great news for LGBT Australians, who will soon be able to have their relationships fully recognized under law, and will bring Australia in to line with some of its closest allies, including Britain and the United States.
The legalization of same-sex marriage in these countries has had one surprising consequence: an economic boom. From increased tourism to more expenditure on weddings, benefiting everyone from caterers to photographers, same-sex marriage is set to see a big increase in spending in Australia. In fact, ANZ have calculated that it could add an additional $650 million to the Australian economy in first twelve months of its legalisation alone, adding over 7,000 jobs to the economy.
After all, statistics suggest that nearly 70% of same-sex couples wishing to marry leave the country – particularly to New Zealand – to do so. Now they will stay in Australia, and so will their money.
This means that if you’re interested in studying to change careers or upskill, there are certain areas you should pay close attention to.
One area to watch: Celebrancy
One area that will benefit more than others is celebrancy. Celebrants are people who can legally conduct formal ceremonies outside of a traditional religious role, most notably marriage. While same-sex marriage will be legalised, it is unlikely that many religious institutions will choose to perform the ceremony, and a condition of the Bill being passed is likely to be guaranteeing their right to do so, this means celebrants will be in high demand among same-sex couple wishing to wed. To put it simply, you can’t get married if there is nobody to marry you!
Joining two people together for life (in theory at least) is a serious responsibility, but becoming a celebrant isn’t too difficult – it’s as simple as completing a Certificate IV in Celebrancy through a registered training organisation, and gaining Commonwealth registration in order to practice. You must also be deemed a ‘fit and proper person’ who is ‘well respected’ in your community.
Registered celebrants in Australia
of weddings were performed by celebrants
Indeed, as the influence of religion declines in Australia – something the same-sex marriage result was a big indicator of – wedding ceremonies performed by registered celebrants are becoming more popular for all couples: nearly three-quarters of weddings in Australia in 2015 were performed by registered celebrants, rather than a priest or other religious figure.
Because of the relative ease of becoming a celebrant, the clear high demand for those who are already registered, and the new demographic of same-sex couples who will be able to marry, interest in Celebrancy courses dramatically increased after the announcement of the ‘Yes’ vote, as our data shows below. Taking New South Wales as an example – ironically the state with the highest ‘No’ vote – interest in Celebrancy courses went from 8 enquiries on November 1st to a staggering 109 on November 15th, an incredible increase of 1262.5%.
However, while Celebrancy looks set to be a popular course choice for many in the wake of the ‘Yes’ victory, it’s important to consider whether it is actually right for you before studying it. Becoming a celebrant is not a full-time career but still requires a lot of time and effort, and is highly competitive. For many being a celebrant is a role that comes with a sense of vocation, rather than a career choice, so it’s really important you are both a passionate believer in marriage as an institution and a respected member of your community before embarking on a Celebrancy course.
Begin your search for Celebrancy courses here.
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