This definition applies to all payments.
A person is a member of a couple under the SSAct if they are living with another person as their partner,where both people are over the age of consent (applicable to the relevant state or territory), are living together on a permanent or indefinite basis, are not in a prohibited relationship (subsections 4(12) and 4(13)) and are either:
In determining if a person is in a member of a couple relationship, consideration must be given to the following 5 factors:
Act reference: SSAct section 4(2) Member of a couple-general, section 4(3) Member of a couple-criteria for forming opinion about relationship, section 4(3A) The Secretary must not form the opinion…, section 4(6) Member of a couple-special excluding determination, section 4(6A) Member of a couple-exclusion of non-independent YA recipient and partner
Last reviewed: 1 July 2009