Australian Immigration | What Does ‘De-Facto’ Actually Mean?

March 29, 2018

Have you ever wondered what the term ‘de facto’ partner actually means? Are you in a relationship with someone but you’re not really sure whether it can be called a de facto relationship? Newland Chase can give you a helping hand with this one.

The Australian Department of Home Affairs defines a couple as being in a de facto relationship if you are not legally married to each other but are in a relationship exclusive to all others. You must not be related to your partner and you must be living together, or not separately on a permanent basis.  So for example if one of you is a fly-in fly-out (FIFO) worker and spends time away from home, you might still meet the criteria.  The Department has also stated that a de facto couple can be of the same or opposite sex. 

As a de facto couple, you must show that you have a genuine relationship by providing evidence of living together and sharing finances, that you are accepted as a couple by family and friends and that you have a commitment to continue the relationship.

In addition the Department states that your de facto relationship should have been ongoing and meet the criteria for a period of 12 months prior to an application, unless you register your relationship, have children together or have some other compelling circumstances.

Still not sure whether or not you meet the criteria? Newland Chase has dedicated staff specialising in this field. Contact our team today to find out more.