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De facto partner and de facto relationship

             (1)  For subsection 5CB(3) of the Act, this regulation sets out arrangements for the purpose of determining whether 1 or more of the conditions in paragraphs 5CB(2)(a), (b), (c) and (d) of the Act exist.

Note 1:       See regulation 2.03A for the prescribed criteria applicable to de facto partners.

Note 2:       The effect of subsection 5CB(1) of the Act is that a person is the de facto partner of another person (whether of the same sex or a different sex) if the person is in a de facto relationship with the other person.

                   Subsection 5CB(2) sets out conditions about whether a de facto relationship exists, and subsection 5CB(3) permits the regulations to make arrangements in relation to the determination of whether 1 or more of those conditions exist.

             (2)  If the Minister is considering an application for:

                     (a)  a Partner (Migrant) (Class BC) visa; or

                     (b)  a Partner (Provisional) (Class UF) visa; or

                     (c)  a Partner (Residence) (Class BS) visa; or

                     (d)  a Partner (Temporary) (Class UK) visa;

the Minister must consider all of the circumstances of the relationship, including the matters set out in subregulation (3).

             (3)  The matters for subregulation (2) are:

                     (a)  the financial aspects of the relationship, including:

                              (i)  any joint ownership of real estate or other major assets; and

                             (ii)  any joint liabilities; and

                            (iii)  the extent of any pooling of financial resources, especially in relation to major financial commitments; and

                            (iv)  whether one person in the relationship owes any legal obligation in respect of the other; and

                             (v)  the basis of any sharing of day-to-day household expenses; and

                     (b)  the nature of the household, including:

                              (i)  any joint responsibility for the care and support of children; and

                             (ii)  the living arrangements of the persons; and

                            (iii)  any sharing of the responsibility for housework; and

                     (c)  the social aspects of the relationship, including:

                              (i)  whether the persons represent themselves to other people as being in a de facto relationship with each other; and

                             (ii)  the opinion of the persons' friends and acquaintances about the nature of the relationship; and

                            (iii)  any basis on which the persons plan and undertake joint social activities; and

                     (d)  the nature of the persons' commitment to each other, including:

                              (i)  the duration of the relationship; and

                             (ii)  the length of time during which the persons have lived together; and

                            (iii)  the degree of companionship and emotional support that the persons draw from each other; and

                            (iv)  whether the persons see the relationship as a long-term one.

             (4)  If the Minister is considering an application for a visa of a class other than a class mentioned in subregulation (2), the Minister may consider any of the circumstances mentioned in subregulation (3).

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