Victoria has joined the ACT and Tasmania as one of the few Australian states which offers a relationship register for gay couples over the age of 18.
The register is recorded at the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, applications to be on the register costs $180 and if you want a formal registration certificate there’s an additional fee.
While couples on the register don’t necessarily have more rights than those who aren’t, it does make it easier to prove that you’re in a domestic relationship if you’re ever in a situation where you need to – like in a medical emergency or for superannuation claims, for instance.
Photos by Rodney Cruise: 1. Rob Hulls, Attorney General Victoria, Deputy Premier – officially launching the Victorian Relationship Register. 2. The first couples to register – (L-R) Ruben Tuazon-McCheyne (child), Adrian and Jason Tuazon-McCheyne – one of the first couples to register. 3. (L-R) Jeff Chiang, Ethan Chiang-Cruise (child), Rodney Cruise.