“I recognise the inclusion and recognition in Australian law of the equal rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer people to marry the person they love.

“I am Peter Norden and I am pleased to be available to assist you in the preparation and celebration of your marriage.”

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A few things about Peter Norden

“I do not discriminate – I celebrate all forms of marriage”

Peter is an Honorary Fellow in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Deakin University.

From 2012 – 2018, Peter worked as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University.  There he taught in the social work, social sciences and justice and legal studies schools.

In 2016, Peter was made a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology for his contribution to criminal justice reform over a period of forty years.

In 2007, he was made an Officer in the Order of Australia ‘for services to community development through social research and programs aimed at assisting marginalised young people and offenders and to the mental health sector in Australia’.

“For many years I have contributed to Television, Radio and print media. I am presently a member of the ABC Advisory Council. This background has certainly helped shape my communication skills.
During the marriage ceremony, however, I prefer the couple to be the centre of attention’.

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Christos Tsialkos,
Author of “Loaded“, “Dead Europe“, “Barracuda” and “The Slap

“I have known Peter Norden for a long time now. 

I admire his kindness and the generosity of his spirit… and the generosity of the man”




Tass Mousaferiadis
Joy Radio presenter


“I consider Peter Norden a champion for social justice and truly respect his commitment to diversity and strong advocacy for human rights and equality”.




Michael and Karl

“We have known Peter for many years and would highly recommend him as a warm, engaging and inclusive marriage celebrant.
Peter has a unique ability to connect with people of all ages and walks of life.  
As a worldly human being and a prolific public speaker, he is the perfect choice to host and officiate such an important life event.”


Rhonda Galbally AO
Social activist and disability advocate and member of the NDIS Board

“I strongly admire Peter Norden’s commitment to social justice including his establishment and building of Jesuit Social Services.

I deeply admire his fearless commitment to criminal justice  reform.”


Roland and David

“Thank you for helping to make our wedding exactly what we wanted it to be.
You set the tone perfectly and made us feel relaxed and focused.
We knew we could trust you to create the atmosphere we were after, and all the key messages we were after came across loud and clear





Kilts and all

Marriage of Roland and David in Melbourne Botanic Gardens brought in magnificent style and presentation with the great touch of clansmanship and Scottish heritage, the marriage between Roland and David was one of my recent great pleasures. “Thank you for helping to make our wedding exactly what we wanted it to be. You set the …

Marriage Equality on JOY FM Radio

A recent interview by JOY FM radio Peter Norden AO @melbournepeter is a former Jesuit and now an inclusive civil marriage celebrant. He talks about the big day, marriage equality and more.   Listen in here: Peter Norden on JOY FM radio