Recognition of a Married Couple Status for Same Sex Couples.
A same sex couple can apply to migrate to Australia as a couple and be treated as a couple, even without marriage. Australian Immigration has no issue with that.
Same sex couples are treated as couples in the same way that married couples are treated as couples.
The Australian welfare system recognises same sex couples in the same way as married couples, and pays the lower benefit rate to a member of a couple regardless of this issue.
Some couples (same sex and other non married) try to hide their relationship to get the higher benefits.
In Australia, you can live as couple, same sex or not, without being married, and be treated the same.
A de facto couple, same sex or not, also face the same ‘divorce’ settlements as a married couple would.
The funny thing is, that many people are now opting to just live as ‘de facto’, rather than get married, as it isn’t any real difference, other than the ‘perceived’ religious nature of the ‘marriage’.
What a de facto relationship is.
You and your partner are in a de facto partner relationship if all of the following applies:
Your relationship can be with someone of the same or different sex.
you are not legally married to each other
you are committed to a shared life to the exclusion of all others
your relationship is genuine and continuing
you live together or do not live separately and apart on a permanent basis
you are not related by family.