Eligibility for Civil Union

Eligibility criteria

A person may enter into a civil union only if—

(a)    the person is an adult; and

(b)    the person is not—

(i)   married; or

(ii)   in a civil union; or

(iii)   in a civil partnership with someone other than the person’s proposed civil union partner; and

Note         A civil partnership ends if the parties to the civil partnership enter into a civil union with each other (see Domestic Relationships Act 1994, s 37H (1) (c)).

(c)    the person cannot marry the person’s proposed civil union partner under the Marriage Act 1961 (Cwlth); and

(d)    the person does not have any of the following relationships (a prohibited relationship) with the person’s proposed civil union partner:

(i)   lineal ancestor;

(ii)   lineal descendent;

(iii)   sister;

(iv)   half-sister;

(v)   brother;

(vi)   half-brother; and

(e)    the person, or the person’s proposed civil union partner, or both of them, live in the ACT.