The Relationships Register Act 2016 (SA) makes it possible for a couple (whether opposite sex or same sex, and irrespective of their sex or gender identity) to register their relationship with the office of Births, Deaths and Marriages in South Australia.
While people may choose not to register, their relationship will be recognised for some purposes such as applying for legal aid, social security payments and benefits, taxation, child support and other issues.
For other purposes the relationship must have existed for a period of one, two or three years to be recognised and a declaration of the relationship may be necessary which will involve an application to a court. The cost and delay involved in obtaining a declaration can be avoided by registering the relationship.
It is important to note that the commencement of a registered relationship under the Relationships Register Act 2016 (SA) automatically revokes a will unless the will was made in contemplation of the registered relationship and this was stated in the will.