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Old 02-13-2014, 10:42 AM
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Think positive! I am sure the registration helps and shows that you are very commited to eachother and that you are trying everything possible to proof this since you are not able to live together! Good luck!!

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Old 07-08-2014, 01:23 PM
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Hi Roxy or anyone else that can help.
I want to register my relationship as defacto in Victoria with myself and my partner however my partner does not live in Australia.

He can however provide evidence such as an overseas passport a credit card and we have a joint bank accountant statement with my home address on it. Could I take this in to get certified by the police or at births deaths and marriages to obtain a defacto relationship certificate?

Will they investigate it any futher at births deaths and marriages or a the police if we ask them to certify our documents to register as a defacto?

This is from the website:
When applying to register a relationship you and your partner need to: Complete the application in full. Submit all required proof of identity documents (see the application form or proof of identity page for more details). By mail: Submit certified photocopies of each document. See the proof of identity page for advice on how to get your photocopies certified. -

How to certify your identity documents
1. Make a photocopy of each identity document. Make sure the
document from List 3 shows the current residential address.
2. Take your original documents and the photocopies to a police
station and ask either a sworn member of police or a Justice
of the Peace located in the station to certify them.
Submitting in person?
You must bring your original identity documents or certified
photocopies with your application and submit at our Melbourne
Customer Service Centre or at a Justice Service Centre (JSC).
To find your nearest JSC, visit
Submitting by mail?
You must mail certified photocopies of each identity document.

Do you think a bank statement with my address and his name will be ok to get certified by the police?

As he does not have a drivers licence or any Australian ID?

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Old 07-08-2014, 02:02 PM
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I think to be able to register your relationship in Victoria you'll have to proof that BOTH of you have lived in VIC for at least 12 months.

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Old 07-08-2014, 02:38 PM
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As Starlight says, you won't be able to register. From the same page as what you posted above:
Who can register a domestic relationship?
You and your partner can register a domestic relationship if:

you are both 18 years of age or older and are in a registrable relationship
you can both prove that you are ordinarily resident in Victoria, and
neither of you is:
married; or
in a relationship that is already registered; or
in another relationship that could be registered in Victoria.
(emphasis mine.) Unfortunately Victoria is really strict about this.

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He needs to provide 4 identity documents as explained in the application form, and what you've described wouldn't meet the requirements.

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Old 07-09-2014, 02:24 AM
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Have you both had the joint account registered at your address for at least the past 12 months? Do you have documents such as a document from the bank stating the date the account was opened or a bank statement dating that far back?

it may be possible for your partner to provide their
- foreign passport
- credit or debit card linked to the joint account
- joint bank statement showing VIC address dating back at least 12 months

otherwise I believe you're out of luck.

Also keep in mind that your partner would have to sign the forms in person which would then need to be posted to you which always takes time


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Old 07-09-2014, 06:51 AM
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First of all, big congrats to you, Roxy. This is definitely encouraging for people with difficult cases (like myself). My partner and I have lived together but have been living apart for the past 1 year. The most difficult 1 year is over and for the next 6 months he will be flying a lot to Singapore for work and my graduation (which is good). He's from VIC so it's not possible for us to register our relationship in VIC but I wanted to ask what are the kind "evidence" did you provide which may have helped in your application?

We applied offshore defacto and we're closing in getting engaged (more assuring me and my family) before I move to Oz. We don't want to rush into getting to the wedding bit just for the application.

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Old 07-16-2014, 06:03 AM
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Hey Peachtart
I think they definitely look at your situation. They know that not everyone can actually live together. I reckon they will also see that you weren't able to register your relationship as your partner is living in VIC (I would mention that in your statement). We didn't want to get married "just" to get the visa either (which I also mentioned in my statement, I said it is definitely on the cards for us but we would first just enjoy living together and not rushing into marriage).
I tried to keep every little piece of paper that was showing stuff that we did together. Like tickets to the movies, zoo, ferry tickets..anything really. But I don't know how much they cared about that stuff as they sent it back to me just a couple of weeks after application. I sent photo copies including the photo details (where you see the date and time and everything, should be in the menu on your computer when looking at the photo). Not too many photos though. I sent about 10. We had strong statements of about five of our friends including my partners parents. It's important that they all make sense and the stories all match together… I have sent letters with my name and his address (like joint bank account, flybuys letter etc.). Proof of when we visited each other and explaining long breaks (we didn't see each other for about five months after we saw each other because I was studying and he couldn't get time off). I copied the skype history in a word document and shortened it so it would just show a couple of calls a month (otherwise I would have had to sent about 200 pages). That's about it… I would like to know how much all that helped and how important the registration was in the end. But I guess I will never find out about that. Just try to explain your situation… Good luck!!

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