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Domestic relationships

To register a domestic relationship, you and your partner must complete a domestic relationship registration form.

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 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.
    • In person: If you are attending the BDM Service Centre, or submitting your application at select Justice Service Centres (JSC), bring both the original documents and photocopies of the original documents so that they can be certified. Please note: Methods of payment accepted are EFTPOS, Credit card (No AMEX or Diners Club), Bank Cheque or Money order. Cash is not accepted.
  • Include the required payment or credit card details.
  • Ensure your application is signed and witnessed accordingly.

By law, it takes at least 28 calendar days to register a domestic relationship from the date the Registry receives a complete and valid application. Incomplete or invalid applications can take longer to register or may be refused.

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 prove that one party lives 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.

Recognised relationships

If you have already formalised your relationship in one of the prescribed jurisdictions (click for list) then your relationship is already deemed to be a registered relationship in Victoria and you do not need to formally register it.

Relationships formalised in other jurisdictions that are not on this list are still considered to be a ‘registered domestic relationship’ under the Relationships Act, if the other jurisdiction’s law provides that the relationship:

  • must be between two adults who entered into the relationship consensually and are not related by family; and
  • must not include a person who is already married or in a relationship formally recognised by that law.

Caring relationships

To register a caring relationship, both parties must complete a caring relationship registration form.

When applying to register a caring relationship both parties need to:

  • Complete the application in full.
  • Supply all required proof of identity documents. If applying in person, provide original proof of identity documents. If applying by mail, provide police-certified photocopies. See the application form or proof of identity page for further details.
  • Include the required payment or credit card details.
  • Supply evidence that both parties have sought independent legal advice from separate legal practitioners (you can download a sample legal practitioners certificate for your legal practitioner to complete and attach to the application form).
  • Ensure your application is signed and witnessed accordingly.

By law, it takes at least 28 calendar days to register a caring relationship from the date the Registry receives a complete and valid application. Incomplete or invalid applications can take longer to register or may be refused.

 

You can find further information in the Relationships FAQs.