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This is some information received from the Births Deaths and Marriage department in Victoria, may of some use to someone, so looks like although the registration may waive 12 months relationship requirement for defacto, you still need to be in Victoria for nearly 12 months, so not too much of an advantage other than proving more of a commitment to your partner.
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"The Victorian Relationships Act 2008 requires that each applicant i.e. both parties to the relationship, be able to demonstrate that they are:

a) domiciled or ordinarily resident in the State; and
b) not married or in a registered relationship; and
c) not in another relationship that could be registered under the Act.

In order for you to establish a) you would need to show long term residence in Victoria. Long term is considered to be close to or more than 12 months continuous residence in the State as well as the demonstration of other connections for the purpose of domicile such as financial and living arrangements and other factors which tie you to the state.

The Registry reviews each case on its facts however if you are in Australia on a tourist visa, it is unlikely that you would be able to satisfy this requirement. "
 

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This is some information received from the Births Deaths and Marriage department in Victoria, may of some use to someone, so looks like although the registration may waive 12 months relationship requirement for defacto, you still need to be in Victoria for nearly 12 months, so not too much of an advantage other than proving more of a commitment to your partner.
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"The Victorian Relationships Act 2008 requires that each applicant i.e. both parties to the relationship, be able to demonstrate that they are:

a) domiciled or ordinarily resident in the State; and
b) not married or in a registered relationship; and
c) not in another relationship that could be registered under the Act.

In order for you to establish a) you would need to show long term residence in Victoria. Long term is considered to be close to or more than 12 months continuous residence in the State as well as the demonstration of other connections for the purpose of domicile such as financial and living arrangements and other factors which tie you to the state.

The Registry reviews each case on its facts however if you are in Australia on a tourist visa, it is unlikely that you would be able to satisfy this requirement. "
Hmmm and whilst it does not surprise me that there is some qualifying period to weed out the shams, it would overlook:
1. the situation where someone had relationship time prior to moving to Victoria.
2. even the Australian Tax Office sets a qualifying time of residency for taxation purposes as six months in the one location.

I wonder whether their reference to proving residency is actually in the legislation or just some bureaucrats view and if the latter it may be best to just have the appropriate documentation and submit it.

I'll make some enquiries.
 

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has there been any follow up on this?

my partner and i want to register our relationship in order to apply for a defact visa (he has been living here for 8 months) and need to knwo if it would be worth our while?

Thanks!
 

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has there been any follow up on this?

my partner and i want to register our relationship in order to apply for a defact visa (he has been living here for 8 months) and need to knwo if it would be worth our while?

Thanks!
I haven't made any enquiries myself Katt but sometimes it is best not to ask and just submitt an application if you comply with what is published in an application form.
Bureaucrats whether trained or not to do so just love to follow procedure.
If getting asked a question outside of their comfort zone, that being for where something is not printed on an application form, the safe answer usually adopted will be a NO.
The relationship registration application is I think only about $20 so if you have good supportive documentation, you've not got too much to lose by putting an application in.
Be great to find out how you go if you do.
 

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Good news for us, we got the certificate today per mail! It was so worth the 200 bucks!

I am here with Work & Travel Visa (Subclass 417), since end of October in Melbourne and since then together with my partner (3.11.09). We applied for the cert. on 22. June, a week later I got an email that they want a copy of my visa, so I sent it. I called to go sure that they got it and don't need anything else and found out that nothing will happen before the 20. July.
I got a friend who knows someone in Birth, Death & Marriages, but I don't know if he actually spoke with him to make sure that it gets accepted. As he is overseas now I will have to wait a few weeks to find that out.

But so happy now! :)
 

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Good news for us, we got the certificate today per mail! It was so worth the 200 bucks!

I am here with Work & Travel Visa (Subclass 417), since end of October in Melbourne and since then together with my partner (3.11.09). We applied for the cert. on 22. June, a week later I got an email that they want a copy of my visa, so I sent it. I called to go sure that they got it and don't need anything else and found out that nothing will happen before the 20. July.
I got a friend who knows someone in Birth, Death & Marriages, but I don't know if he actually spoke with him to make sure that it gets accepted. As he is overseas now I will have to wait a few weeks to find that out.

But so happy now! :)
Hi guys,

I just thought I'd update my situation on here as my bf and I have just successfully registered our relationship in the new NSW register. I'm British on a WHV and we've been together 10months. We both had to provide three types of identification and a stat dec and hey presto - a week later I received a call from NSW BDM office saying that our certificate will be sent after the 28 day 'cooling off period'. Brilliant! It costs $189.

They're still in negotions with the commonwealth so we might not be able to use it to waive the 12 month relationship requirement but look good for our application anyway.

Good luck all.

Emma & Remy
 

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Here in Victoria you don't provide a stat dec. I was pretty worried about not being able to say anywhere: hey, I really love my partner!

Now to the next adventure: getting the partner visa application ready until october!
 

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this is great news. We are going to apply, and we called up and asked about ID (my american partner was short of the required ID) and they told us to submit a copy of his visa and some stat decs about our situation and it should give us a good chance to get registered.

I hope it all goes as well at it has for the others on here :)
 

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Good to know about it... I sent them a message and got the same answer that it was unlikely I would get my relationship registered because I'm on a tourist visa... The thing is that I had a work visa before and just got a tourist visa coz I need to accomplish with that stupid 12 months thing for the de facto visa... I might try again and see what happens! Congrats to those ones who got it...
 

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just an update, wanted to let you all know i managed to get the relationship registered, my partner is from the USA and here on a working holiday visa. We filled out some stat dec's with out application :)
 

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One thing that came out of another thread re spouse visas is that a nominal six months relationship is expected for a married couple though it alone is not the determiner on whether a visa would be granted or not.
So with a relationship registration waiving the 12 months defacto requirement, anybody getting a relationship registration can expect that at least a six months relationship may be required and even more if Immi start to form the view that people are out to manipulate the system.
 

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just an update, wanted to let you all know i managed to get the relationship registered, my partner is from the USA and here on a working holiday visa. We filled out some stat dec's with out application :)
Congrats! My partner is also from the US on a Work Holiday...we applied and were knocked back in VIC. Are you in VIC and if so, did your partner have any previous visas, or any future visas, in Aus? We were told it was because of the WHV that we were rejected...though we managed to get them to hold the application rather than reject it outright so now we are in the process of appealing the decision. Any advice you could give would be incredibly helpful...or even if we could quote your case?

Congrats again :)
 
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