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Relationship register

Couples who are not married can apply to register a relationship in NSW. The relationships register provides legal recognition for a couple.

Why register your relationship

  • 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.

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:

  • under 18 years of age
  • married
  • related
  • in another registered relationship
  • in a relationship as a couple with another person.

Download an Application to register a relationship form (PDF, 710.09 KB).

  • Print and complete the form.
  • Then post your completed form (see form for address) and proof of identity to Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages or visit your nearest Service NSW centre.
  • You can order a commemorative certificate design along with the standard relationship certificate.

Replacement certificate

If you have registered your relationship and need a replacement certificate and/or a commemorative certificate, download the Relationship certificate application form (PDF, 631.62 KB).

Then post your completed form (see form for address) and proof of identity to Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages or visit your nearest Service NSW centre.

You must provide 3 forms of identification, one of each from Categories 1, 2 and 3.

  • If you cannot provide proof of identity from Category 1, you must still provide at least 3 forms of identification. At least one of these must be from Category 2, and two from Category 3.
  • If you cannot meet these requirements, please contact us for further advice.

Category

Documents

1

​If born in Australia:

  • An Australian birth certificate

Record of immigration status:

  • Citizenship certificate
  • New Zealand citizenship certificate together with passport
  • New Zealand birth certificate

2

  • ​Australia's driver's licence
  • Australian passport
  • Firearms licence
  • Foreign passport
  • Proof of age card

3

  • ​Medicare card
  • Centrelink or Department of Veterans Affairs card
  • Security/Crowd control licence
  • Tertiary education institution ID card

4

  • ​Recent utility account with current residential address (issued within last 3 months)

​Type

​$AUD

​Relationship registration (includes 1 standard certificate)*

​$223

​Revocation of relationship (if required)

$82

​​Standard (relationship or revocation) certificate

​​$60

​​Commemorative package (1 standard and 1 commemorative certificate)

$87​

​​​Commemorative certificate on its own

$41

Relationship ceremony package fee (includes registration, certificate and ceremony)

​$407

*Add $41 if you require a letter of confirmation for lodgement of the application.

Processing begins when we have received your complete and correct application.

  • Certificates are delivered by registered post.
  • The processing time does not include delivery which can be up to 6 working days.

Application

Standard

Priority

Relationship registration certificate

54

Not available

Revoke a registered relationship

100

Not available
Commemorative relationship certificate 18 Not available

Why not celebrate the registration of your relationship with a special ceremony at a Registry venue?

Ceremony fees

The $407 package fee includes the registration fee ($223 including standard certificate), ceremony and issue of a ceremonial certificate on the day ($184).

Ceremony venues

Venue

Number of guests

Availability

Total fee

Parramatta Registry Office

Up to 24

Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm

$407

Chippendale Registry Office

Up to 12

Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm

$407

There is no fee for withdrawing:

  • a relationship registration, within the 28-day cooling-off period
  • a relationship revocation, within the 90-day cooling-off period.

The fee for the application to register a relationship is non-refundable. 

Withdraw an application to revoke a registered relationship (PDF, 483.56 KB).

Then post your completed form (see form for address) and proof of identity to Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages or visit your nearest Service NSW centre.

  • A fee applies to revoke a registered relationship. Either or both persons can apply.
  • If only one person revokes a registration, they must provide proof they've served notice on the other. The Registrar has the discretion to dispense the notice requirement if the person cannot serve notice.
  • A cooling-off period of 90 days applies before the registration is revoked by the Registrar. 
  • If either person requires a copy of the relationship certificate showing the revocation details, a standard certificate fee of $60 applies.

Relationship certificate application (PDF, 631.62 KB)

Revoke a registered relationship application (PDF, 419.84 KB)

Then post your completed form (see form for address) and proof of identity to Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages or visit your nearest Service NSW centre.

Registrations revoked by law and void registrations

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:

  • the agreement of one or both persons in the relationship to registration was obtained by fraud, duress or other improper means
  • the relationship was registered when either person was mentally incapable of understanding the nature and effect of registration
  • the relationship was prohibited (i.e. one of the persons was married).

Commemorative relationship certificates

Celebrate the registration of your relationship with a commemorative certificate.

You can choose from one of two designs on your relationship registration application form.

Opera house

Opera House design - relationship certificate

 

Sydney Harbour

Sydney Harbour design - relationship certificate

 

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