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Couples who are not married can apply to register a relationship in New South Wales. The relationships register provides legal recognition for a couple by registration of their relationship.
Adults who are in a relationship as a couple can apply for registration of their relationship provided at least one of them lives in NSW. A couple does not have to live together to be eligible to register their relationship.
A relationship cannot be registered if either person is:
Registered relationships are recognised as 'de facto' in NSW. Couples in registered relationships are subject to certain obligations and/or restrictions under NSW law.
Registered relationship certificates are used to access entitlements, services and records under State legislation.
In situations outside of legislation, service providers may choose to accept registration of a relationship as proof of legitimacy of that relationship.
Registration of a relationship may also be revoked by law on the death or marriage of a person in the relationship.
A registration is considered void if:
A fee applies to revoke a registered relationship. Either or both parties can apply.
If only one partner revokes registration, they must provide proof they've served notice on the other. The Registrar has discretion to dispense the notice requirement if the partner cannot service notice.
A cooling-off period of 90 days applies before the registration is revoked by the Registrar.
If either couple requires a copy of the Relationship certificate showing the revocation details, a standard certificate fee of $58 applies.
Download a Relationship certificate application [Fillable PDF 380kb]
Download a Revoke a registered relationship application [PDF 380kb]
There is no fee for withdrawing:
The application to register a relationship fee is non-refundable.
Download a Withdraw an application to revoke a registered relationship form [PDF 340KB]
Note: From 10 December 2018, orders received for commemorative certificates will not be posted until after 8 January 2019.
Celebrate the registration of your relationship with a Commemorative certificate. They:
*Add $40 if you require a letter of confirmation for lodgement of application.
You must provide three forms of identification, on of each from categories 1, 2 and 3. If you're unable to provide identification from Category 1, you must still provide at least three forms of identification. At least one of these must be from Category 2, and two from Category 3.
If born in Australia:
Record of immigration status:
You can apply to register a relationship by post, or in person.
Download a Register a relationship application [Fillable PDF 690kb]
Apply in person