Are you in a relationship?
Whether people are single or a couple affects eligibility for benefits and the payment rate.
What we mean by being in a relationship
When we look at what benefits you can get, we consider you to be in a relationship if you are:
- in a civil union with someone of the same or opposite sex, or
- in a de facto relationship with someone of the same or opposite sex.
There also needs to be a degree of companionship in which 2 people:
- are committed to each other for the foreseeable future, and
- are financially dependent on each other.
To give you a better idea of what we mean by this, think about whether:
- you live together at the same address most of the time
- you live separately but stay overnight at each other’s place a few nights a week
- you share responsibilities, eg bringing up children (if any)
- you socialise and holiday together
- you share money, bank accounts or credit cards
- you share household bills.
- you have a sexual relationship
- people think of you as a couple
- you give each other emotional support and companionship
- your partner would be willing to support you financially if you couldn’t support yourself.
If you’re unsure about whether we would consider you to be in a relationship, contact us.