Where and How can a Same Sex De Facto Relationship be registered
Registering a Same Sex De Facto Relationship with Centrelink
Centrelink has a registration system such that, if you are in a Same Sex De Facto Relationship and you receive any Centrelink benefits, your relationship can and should be registered with Centrelink.
Failure to register your Same Sex De Facto Relationship with Centrelink can cause you difficulties.
If you fail to register your relationship with Centrelink, then that can affect your entitlement to benefits, whether benefits received might need to be repaid and further, you may be liable to prosecution as a criminal offence.
Apart from registering your relationship with Centrelink, some Australian States also have a registration system.
Where can’t you register your Same Sex De Facto Relationship?
There is no registration system in:
- Western Australia;
- Northern Territory;
- South Australia (although same sex couples can register their relationship through a “Domestic Partnership Agreement” document).
States & Territories with a Registration System for Same Sex De Facto Relationships
De facto couples including same sex couples can have their relationship registered in the following States & Territories:
- New South Wales;
- Australian Capital Territory;
- Norfolk Island (since 1 July 2016 has been incorporated into New South Wales legislation).
Queensland Registration of Same Sex De Facto Relationship
In Queensland de facto same sex couples can register their relationship as a Civil Partnership under section 5 of Civil Partnerships Act 2011.
One partner must have lived in Queensland for at least 6 months and you must also provide evidence of this.
You can apply by post and processing time to register relationships is 10 days.
Cost of your registration certificate at time of publication of this information sheet was $43.50.
New South Wales & Norfolk Island Registration of Same Sex De Facto Relationship
Couples in both NSW and Norfolk Island can apply for a Registered Relationship under section 4 of the Relationships Register Act 2010.
NSW residents can register via the Registry of Death Birth and Marriages.
At least one partner must live in NSW.
It will usually take about 28 days to receive your certificate after you have registered your relationship.
Victoria Registration of Same Sex De Facto Relationship
If you live in Victoria you can apply to have your Same Sex De Facto Relationship recognised as a Registered Relationship under section 10(3)(a) of Relationships Act 2008.
In Victoria, relationships are registered through Births Deaths and Marriages Victoria.
At least one partner needs to have been resident in Victoria for the previous 3 months.
It takes a minimum of at least 28 days for the registration process to be finalised.
Tasmania Registration of Same Sex De Facto Relationship
Couples from Tasmania can register their relationship as a Significant Relationship under section 4 of Relationships Act 2003.
You can register your relationship by either applying by post, or in person with the Tasmania Department of Justice.
It will take about 28 days for you to receive your registration certificate.
Both partners must be residents of Tasmania.
Application fees at the time of publication of this information sheet are $179.08.
Australian Capital Territory Registration of a Same Sex De Facto Relationship
If a couple is from the ACT they can have their relationship recognised as a Civil Partnership under section 6 of Civil Partnerships Act 2008.
Civil partnership registration can be obtained via Access Canberra.
At least one of the partners to the application must live in the ACT and two (2) forms of evidence of residency must also be provided.
You can apply in person or you can post your application and supporting documents.
If however you apply by post, at least one applicant will still need to present identification at the post office.
There are no fees for civil partnership registration.
National Same Sex Relationship Register
In December 2007, the then Prime Minister said the Australian Federal Government would work on a National Relationship Register, similar to the one in Tasmania, which would officially record an existing Same Sex Relationship.
A National Register has not yet been established, nor does it appear likely in the foreseeable future.
De Facto Relationships – More Information
It might also be important for you to read the checklist of things a court looks at to decide whether you are in a de facto relationship, the time limits applicable to your de facto relationship, how to protect your assets, the threshold requirements for de facto couples to be apply to apply for property settlement and other important legal information.
You can read more in the following sections of our website:
- De Facto Relationships
- Same Sex Relationships
- Binding Financial Agreements
- Parenting & Child Issues
- Child Support
- Court Process & Representing Yourself
- Consent Orders
- Mediation & Dispute Resolution
- Family & Domestic Violence
- Property Settlement
- Spousal Maintenance
- Read Actual Cases
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Other Pages in the Same Sex Relationships Section
- Same Sex Relationships Laws Overview
- Necessity of & How to Register a Same Sex Relationship
- Same Sex Couples: Civil Unions
- Can Same Sex Couples Foster or Adopt Children
- Using Artificial Insemination to have a baby in a Same Sex Relationship
- Should you do a Binding Financial Agreement to protect yourself?
- What type of Binding Financial Agreement do you need?
- Requirements for a Court to say you are in a De Facto Relationship
- Use this checklist to see if you are in a De Facto Relationship
- What are the Time Limits for De Facto Relationships
- The law for Qld De Facto Couples who separated before 1 March 2009
- How to protect your assets