Registering a relationship in South Australia

Couples can now register their relationship with Births, Deaths and Marriages (BDM) if at least one person in the relationship lives in South Australia. Couples may apply irrespective of their sex or gender identity.

People who have been married before, been in a relationship registered in South Australia or in a ‘corresponding law’ registered relationship – a relationship registered under similar laws in another state or county –  will need to show that the previous relationship has ended with evidence such as a divorce certificate, nullity order, death certificate.

Relationship ceremonies

Couples are not required to have a ceremony when they register their relationship. However, relationship ceremonies can be conducted at Chesser House, performed by one of our Registry staff.

Registry office relationship ceremonies

Couples can order a standard certificate or commemorative certificate package.

Evidence of a relationship

Evidence of a relationship is not required to register a relationship but applications must be accompanied by completed statutory declarations witnessed by an authorised person and  evidence of identity and age of both people. Payment of the appropriate fee is also required.

Overseas documents need to be translated into English by an accredited translator.

‘Corresponding law’ relationships

The Relationships Register Regulations 2017 provides detail regarding corresponding law registered relationships. Couples can apply for a certificate for corresponding law relationships. However, if it is recognised by another corresponding jurisdiction, a relationship cannot be re-registered in South Australia. Contact BDM if you would like to apply for a corresponding law relationship certificate – registrations.bdm@sa.gov.au

Ending a relationship

Either person in a registered relationship can apply to have their relationship end by completing a Revoke a registered relationship – application form.

If only one person makes the application, a copy of ‘service of revocation statement’ must be served to the other person. This statement is supplied in Section A of the Revoke a registered relationship – application’ form.   An application to revoke a relationship takes 90 days once the application has been received by BDM.

Contact BDM if you don’t have all the required documents or to find out more about registering your relationship – phone 131 882 .

Apply to register your relationship at www.sa.gov.au/bdm

Frequently asked questions – Registering a relationship in South Australia