How changes in your situation can affect your payment. Being in a relationship, whether it's new or not, can affect what payments you can apply for and how much you'll get. Your relationship can be official in a few ways. We define a relationship as de facto, registered or married.... read more ›
If we assess your relationship type as de facto, it means you're a member of a couple. You need to tell us about your boyfriend, girlfriend or non-binary relationship.... view details ›
Centrelink considers a person to be in a de facto relationship from the time they commence living with another person as a member of a couple.... continue reading ›
If you are receiving Centrelink payments based solely on your income and assets, and later Centrelink decides that you are a member of a couple, your payment may be cancelled and you may receive a debt.... read more ›
If you start living with a partner, it will have an impact on some of your benefits. That is because you must claim some benefits (called income-based benefits) as a couple. The benefits office will take both of your incomes and savings into account when working out if you are entitled to these benefits.... read more ›
This is any two people that live in the same household and are: married to each other. civil partners of each other. living together as if they're married.... view details ›
A de facto relationship is when you and your partner have a relationship and live together as a couple but are not married.... continue reading ›
Your payment will generally reduce by 60 cents for each dollar of income your partner has over $1,196 per fortnight. The point at which your payment reduces may be different depending on if your partner is either: under 22 years of age. getting a payment from us and Pharmaceutical Allowance or Rent Assistance.... view details ›
Your partner can have income up to $1,196 each fortnight before it affects your payment. You'll get either of the following: $608.70. $718.60 if you're separated due to illness, respite care or prison.... continue reading ›
Centrelink do not normally tell you if they are investigating you. The initial phases of their investigation will be discreetly conducted by cross checking your financial information from your bank, ATO and even employer.... view details ›
If you and your partner live together and are claiming a means-tested benefit, you'll be treated as a couple and your income will be assessed jointly.... view details ›
Domestic partnerships are not the only for same sex couples, it has been expanded to include opposite sex couples. Can my domestic partner be added to my benefits? Yes. After an employee registers their domestic partnership, the employee may enroll a domestic partner in their benefits.... see more ›
You can get it even if your partner works or if you have savings.... continue reading ›
Cohabitation agreements and wills
you have been living together for 2 or more years, or. they were financially supported by you.... see details ›
- Set Expectations for Cleanliness. ...
- Talk About Division of Chores. ...
- Don't Spend All Your Time Together. ...
- Don't Ask Them to Get Rid of Any of Their Belongings. ...
- Accept That Some of Their Habits Will Annoy You. ...
- Decide How You'll Split Costs. ...
- Don't Stop Dating.
A person would not have a de facto partner unless they have lived together as a couple for two years without separation. Therefore, the length of time to be considered de facto is two years. However, if there are children or substantial contributions to joint property, exceptions are made to this rule.... read more ›
Partner is simply a way of describing someone you're romantically or sexually involved with. It doesn't necessarily indicate any particular level of seriousness or commitment, although some people do tend to associate the word with a more committed relationship. The word partner is not new.... continue reading ›
If the relationship has lasted at least three years, the general rule is that relationship property is divided equally between the couple.... see more ›
Once you've been together for 6 months, your new partner can take half! Once you've been together for 6 months, your new partner can take half!... read more ›
From 1 July 2022, for single pensioners, the pension income test free area is $190 a fortnight and for couples combined, it is $336 a fortnight. This means a single pensioner over Age Pension age with no other private income could earn up to $490 a fortnight from work and still receive the maximum rate of pension.... continue reading ›
$5,500 if you're single with no dependants. $11,000 if have a partner or you're single with dependants.... view details ›
If you have defrauded Centrelink, you may be charged under section 134.2 – obtaining a financial advantage by deception. If you are found guilty, the maximum penalty is 10 years imprisonment. You may instead, or also, receive a fine between $10,000 and $100,000 and be made to repay the benefit to Centrelink.... read more ›
Centrelink has very wide powers to thoroughly investigate deposits that have been made into your account. For example, it has the power to obtain your information from other government agencies as well as accessing information from banks, building societies and credit union accounts.... read more ›
Centrelink has very broad powers to demand information from any individual or organisation. For example, they can require your bank or your employer to give details of your financial transactions, or any other personal details that are relevant to your Centrelink entitlements.... see more ›
In general, your pension won't change if you work less than 30 hours per week and earn: Up to $180 per fortnight if you are single. Up to $320 per fortnight between you and your partner.... see details ›
Married (YA Couple)
If you are legally married (and not separated) you'll be treated as independent for Youth Allowance. That is, Centrelink will not look at your parent's income. If you're married your partner's income and assets will be assessed and may affect your payment.... read more ›
We'll start to reduce your payment if your income is more than $150 a fortnight. Your payment will reduce by 50 cents for each dollar of income you have between $150 and $250. If your income is over $250, your payment will reduce by 60 cents for each dollar of income over $250.... view details ›
Couples who live together are sometimes called common-law partners. This is just another way of saying a couple are living together. You might be able to formalise aspects of your status with a partner by drawing up a legal agreement called a cohabitation contract or living together agreement.... see details ›
If you're 22 or older. Your partner can earn up to $1,196 a fortnight and not affect your ABSTUDY. We reduce your payment by 50 cents for every dollar over $1,196. If you have dependent children, your partner can earn more before it affects your payment.... see more ›
To receive the maximum Age Pension payment, your fortnightly income needs to be under $180 if you're single. Or, under $320 a fortnight if you're in a couple that lives together, or apart due to ill health.... continue reading ›
The pension tax legislation allows schemes to provide a survivor pension to a person who was not married or a civil partner of the scheme member but was financially dependent on them.... see more ›