Relationships Register Act 2010 No 19
5 Eligibility for registration
(1) Two adults who are in a relationship as a couple, regardless of
their sex, may apply to the Registrar for registration of their
(2) A relationship cannot be registered unless at least one of the
adults resides in New South Wales.
(3) A relationship cannot be registered if:
(a) either adult is married, or
(b) either adult is registered under this Act or a corresponding law
as being in a registered relationship or an interstate registered
(c) either adult is in a relationship as a couple with another person,
(d) the adults are related by family.
(4) Two adults are related by family
(a) one is the child (including an adopted child) of the other,
(b) one is another descendant of the other (even if the relationship
between them is traced through an adoptive parent), or
(c) they have a parent in common (including an adoptive parent of
either or both of them).
(5) Subsection (4) applies:
(a) even if an adoption has been declared void or is of no effect,
(b) to adoptions under the law of any place (whether in or out of
Australia) relating to the adoption of children.
(6) Subsection (4) applies in relation to a child whose parentage is
transferred as a result of a parentage order, or an Interstate parentage
order, within the meaning of the Surrogacy
Act 2010 in the same way as it applies in relation to an
adopted child, even if the parentage order is discharged or otherwise ceases
to have effect. For that purpose, a reference in that subsection to an
adoptive parent is to be read as a reference to a person to whom the parentage
of a child is transferred under such a parentage