How to Register your Relationship

To be included as a Secondary Applicant on a Visa or to apply for a Partner Visa (subclass 820) on de facto grounds, you would normally need to show that you have cohabitated with your Partner for at least 12 months.
However, you would be exempt from the 12 month cohabitation requirement if you register your domestic relationship the Australian state or territory you live in. Please note that only the ACT, New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania, South Australia and Victoria have laws in place allowing a relationship to be registered in accordance with the Acts Interpretation (Registered Relationships) Regulations 2019.
Whilst you will still need to provide evidence that you live together, you are able to still apply for the relevant visa, even if you haven’t lived together for 12 months.
The standard requirements to register a relationship include the following:
  • Both parties must be at least 18 years of age.
  • They must not already be married to each other.
  • They must not already be married, in a de facto relationship or in a registered relationship with any other person.
  • They must not be related by family or blood.
Each Australian state and territory have other additional requirements, different processing times and their own fee structures. The direct links can be found below:
If you’re eligible to register your relationship and you’re looking to apply for your visa soon, it is imperative that you apply as soon as possible, as there may be delays and/or “cooling down” periods, depending on the state or territory.
If you wish to book and appointment with one of our Registered Migration Agents, please call Gold Migration Lawyers on 1300 320 300 today.
This article does not constitute legal advice or create a Migration Agent-Client relationship. Please consult a Registered Migration Agent for up-to-date information.
Relevant Links
  • For more details on Partner Visa Eligibility, please click here.
  • For the most Common Reasons on why Partner Visa applications are Refused, please click here.