Same-sex Couples Recognised by Centrelink

From 1 July 2009, recipients Centrelink payments who are in a same sex de-facto or registered relationship will be recognised will be recognised a a couple for social security and family assistance purposes and will be required to advise Centrelink of their relationship.

The same-sex reforms remove discrimination so the same rules that currently apply for oposite sex couples will apply to those in a same-sex de-facto relationship.

Here is a FREE fact sheet summarising the Centrelink changes ==> Centrelink Recognises Same-sex Relationships.

The commitment to removing the discrimination that currently applies to members of same-sex couples and their children will also apply to other areas of the Australian Government, including:
  • Taxation
  • Superannuation
  • Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme Safety Net
  • Medicare Safety Net
  • Aged care
  • Child support
  • Veteran’s Affairs
  • Immigration
  • Citizenship

For more information about other Government changes related to same-sex reforms, view the Same-Sex Law Reforms section on the Australian Government Attorney-General's Department website.

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