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South Australia - Legislation

De Facto Relationships Act 1996 (1996 - )

Principal Act
Alternative Names
  • Domestic Partners Property Act 1996 (Later known as, 2006 - )

The De Facto Relationships Act 1996 [renamed Domestic Partners Property Act 1996 by Act No.43/2006] (Act No.51/1996) was passed on 1 August 1996 and commenced 16 December 1996. The full title is 'An Act to facilitate the resolution of property disputes arising on the termination of de facto relationships; and for other purposes'. The Act introduces the concept of a cohabitation agreement, which makes provision for the division of property and other financial matters upon the termination of a de facto relationship. It also provides a definition and relevance of a "child" of de facto partners in a judicial sense. For a full list of amendments, see the endnotes of the current version.


Sources used to compile this entry:

Law Research Service, Melbourne Law School, Law Library, The University of Melbourne. 'Find and Connect Project - South Australia Legislation', 13 December 2013, held in the project files at the University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre.

Prepared by: Christine Moje