As an Australian citizen being paid a single person Australian govt. age pension I would like some advice regarding the situation when bringing my partner from overseas initially on a tourist visa then applying for Partner visa.
Will I need to advise Centrelink that I have a partner while she is still a tourist or only after she has applied for a Partner visa?
Thanks for any advice.
If you are living with someone as man and wife (partner) then Centrelink pay the partner rate.
You can claim hardship and some people still get the single rate. But not everyone. You apply for a section 24 exemption.
You will need to ask at Centrelink. They advised me to apply, so I did, and was rejected, which did not surprise me. It does show that Centrelink staff get things wrong at times. This was before the 820 application, on the PMV visa.
It is part of Centrelink rules that you notify them of a change in relationship. https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/enablers/your-relationship-status
If you claim you are not
in a relationship for any period (no matter what visa), then Immigration can use that information in assessing your visa application.