Registering a Relationship


As the dynamics of our society change, defacto relationships are becoming increasingly prevalent, including same-sex relationships.


For visa applicants wishing to include their defacto partner in Permanent Visas, Business Skills (Provisional), Student Visas, Partner Visas and General Skilled Migration Visas, evidence of 12 months cohabitation is required.


However, the Department of Immigrations and Border Protections policy provides that the 12-month cohabitation period can be reduced if the relationship is registered in an Australian state or Territory.


New South Wales


A de facto relationship, regardless of sex, can be registered if both individuals are over 18, not married, not in another relationship and not related by family. At least one person must live in NSW.


http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/Pages/marriages/relationship-register.aspx



Victoria


A de facto relationship, regardless of sex, can be registered if both individuals are over 18, not married, not in another relationship, provides mutual domestic support and have a personal and financial commitment. At least one person must live in VIC.


https://www.bdm.vic.gov.au/marriages-and-relationships/register-a-domestic-relationship



Queensland


A registered relationship has changed name to civil partnership. Civil partnerships, regardless of sex, can be registered if both individuals are over 18 and 1 person lives in Queensland. Civil partnerships can be registered either with or without a declaration ceremony. Different criteria applies.


https://www.qld.gov.au/law/births-deaths-marriages-and-divorces/marriage-weddings-and-civil-partnerships/civil-partnerships/entering-a-civil-partnership



Australian Capital Territory


The official name is civil partnership. Civil partnerships can be registered if both individuals are over 18, not married, not in another civil union or partnership and not related by family. At least one person must live in ACT.


https://www.accesscanberra.act.gov.au/app/answers/detail/a_id/1694#!tabs-2



Tasmania


The official name is significant relationship. Significant relationships can be registered if both individuals are over 18, not married, not related by family and both live in Tasmania.


http://www.justice.tas.gov.au/bdm/relationships/significant



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