Evidencing Your De-facto Relationship |
Unless an exception applies, at minimum, you need to have been in a de-facto relationship with your sponsoring partner for at least a period of 12 months prior to the lodgement of the application. Furthermore, as a general rule, you need to provide evidence that you have been co-habiting with your partner for at least a 12 month period.
The selection of documents that you provide to evidence your relationship should cover the entire duration of the relationship. Based on this evidence, your CO will need to be satisfied that you and your partner’s relationship meets all the below requirements:
1. A mutual commitment to a shared life to the exclusion of all others 2. Relationship is genuine and continuing 3. Live together, or do not live separately and apart, on a permanent basis
DIAC has provided the below list of examples for documents that you may provide to evidence your relationship. This list is non-exhaustive and other forms of evidence may also be submitted
1. Wills, superannuation policies and/or insurance policies where you name each other as beneficiaries 2. Receipts for any major purchases made in joint names 3. Any joint assets or liabilities held 4. Airline tickets and receipts for accommodation which evidence the travels or holidays that you have undertaken together 5. Mobile phone bills showing calls made to each other (you should highlight the relevant calls) 6. Photographs. Copies of photos will be sufficient. However, an explanation should be included with each photo to the CO context 7. Joint invitations to social engagements 8. Joint membership of social clubs or organisations 9. Documents that demonstrate co-habitation. Examples include: a. Rental lease/purchase contract in both names b. Utilities bills (e.g. gas, water, electricity, phone bills) c. Bank statements or other forms of mail
Preferably, the documents which evidence your co-habitation should be addressed to both your partner and yourself. Documents which are addressed to either yourself or your partner solely can be used. However, if you only include documents that are addressed to yourself or your partner solely, then your CO may draw the interference that these documents only really demonstrate that you and your partner have been co-habiting. Arguably, these documents alone do not clearly demonstrate that you are in a de-facto relationship. Of course, providing documents that demonstrate an extended period or periods of co-habitation is also a strong indicator of a de-facto relationship.
Social media evidence such as Facebook updates or Tweeter can be used, however, the CO might not place much weight on such evidence.
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