To apply for a partner visa on de facto grounds, you would generally need to show you have lived with your partner for 12 months.
However, you would be exempt from the 12 month requirement if you register your relationship in an Australian state or territory. You would need to show that you are living together but not necessarily for 12 months.
Registration provides legal recognition as a couple under the state law and as well as being beneficial for immigration purposes. Usual requirements include:
- Both partners must be 18 years old or over
- Must not be in a relationship as a couple with another person – in particular they must not be married, in a de facto relationship or in a registered relationship
- Must not be related by family.
- Same sex and different sex couples can register their relationship.
Registration is available in NSW, QLD, Victoria, the ACT and Tasmania and the main requirements are listed below for these states.
NSW residents can register via Registry of Death Birth and Marriages. At least one partner must live in NSW. It will take 28 days to receive your certificate after you have registered your relationship.
Relationships are registered through Births Deaths and Marriages Victoria. Both partners need to have been resident in Victoria for the last 12 months. It takes a minimum of 28 days for the registration process to be finalised.
At least one partner must have lived in Queensland for at least 6 months and you must provide evidence of this. You can apply by post and processing time to register relationships is 10 days. Cost of your registration certificate would be $43.50.
You can apply by post or in person with the Tasmania Department of Justice. It will take 28 days to receive your registration certificate. Both partners must be residents of Tasmania. Application fees are $179.08.
Civil partnership registration can be obtained via Access Canberra. At least one of the partners to a must live in the ACT. Two forms of evidence of residency must be provided. You can apply in parson or by post. However if you apply by post, at least one applicant would still need to present identification at the post office. There are no fees for civil partnership registration.
Registering your relationship with Consumer and Business Services (CBS) means that your relationship is legally recognised.
You can register your relationship if you are 18 years of age or older and in a relationship with another person as a couple. At least one of you will need to live in South Australia. Couples may apply irrespective of their sex or gender identity.
Your relationship can’t be registered if you or your partner are:
- already in a registered relationship or corresponding law registered relationship
- in a relationship as a couple with another person
- related by family.
Western Australia (WA)
If you are resident of WA you can register your defacto relationship, however it is not recognised for migration purposes.
Northern Territory (NT)
Relationship registration not available
The relationship registration process makes it possible to lodge with a shorter period of cohabitation than would otherwise be the case.
- NSW Births Deaths and Marriages
- Queensland Births Deaths and Marriages
- Tasmania – Relationship Register
- ACT – Partnership Registration
- SA – Relationship Registration Act 2016