Partner Statutory Declaration example

We will look at each of these considerations, and provide you with examples which may be applicable for your relationship.

Development of the relationship

In this section, you can outline the initial development of your relationship, for example:

  • How you and your partner were introduced to each other (e.g. friends, family, internet dating website etc.)
  • Date that you and your partner first contacted each other, and how you contacted each other: (e.g. text message, call, in person introduction etc.)
  • Date and place that you and your partner first met in person
  • Any significant events, holidays or personal matters leading up to your decision to enter into your committed and exclusive relationship
  • Events leading up to you and your partner starting to live together
  • Significant events in your lives during which you have relied on each other for support, such as personal or family illness, stressful periods at work or with studies, adjusting to life in Australia for the visa applicant etc.

Financial commitments

In this section, you can outline any shared financial commitments and arrangements, such as the following examples:

  • Joint loan or lease agreements such as for your residence, cars, business etc.
  • Joint bank account and/or savings account which is used with reasonable frequency
  • Owning or operating a business together
  • Conferring financial benefits on each other such as having your partner as a beneficiary in your will or insurance policy
  • How day to day household expenses are paid and shared
  • Explaining that wages for your partner and/or yourself are paid into the same joint account
  • Your future financial goals, such as saving up to purchase a house, wedding costs, overseas trips etc.
  • Explaining your joint purchase of any significant assets or household items

Nature of your household

In this section, you can outline any joint responsibility for the care and support of children, your living arrangements and sharing of the responsibility for housework. Examples include:

  • Who is responsible for various household chores such as cleaning, cooking, shopping etc.
  • Duties that you and your partner undertake in looking after any child or children of the relationship
  • Duties that relate to other household chores such as looking after pets, elderly parents or other relatives

Social aspects of your relationship

In this section, you can outline important social aspects of your relationship, such as:

  • Holidays that you have taken together
  • Weddings, baptisms and other significant social events that you have attended together
  • Important family and friends who know about the relationship, and who are supportive of your relationship
  • Sporting, cultural, social or other activities that you both participate in

Your commitment to each other

The following are just some examples of what you can describe in this section:

  • Your future plans together such as buying a property, starting a family, moving to a bigger residence once your partner arrives in Australia etc.
  • Significant events in your lives during which you have relied on each other for support, such as personal or family illness, stressful periods at work or with studies, adjusting to life in Australia for the visa applicant etc.
  • Affirm the nature of your relationship

Referring to your supporting documents

When I prepare a statutory declaration, as I make various statements about the relationship, I often refer the case officer back to the uploaded supporting documents which support and demonstrate the statements made. I think that the main benefits of doing this is that:

  • You are reaffirming/evidencing the truthfulness of your statement
  • You can let your case officer know what particular documents mean, or what the documents are demonstrating. This is particularly helpful if you think that the evidence that your providing isn’t particularly strong, or clear in relation to what it is suppose to demonstrate

How do you write clear and useful supporting statutory declarations for your partner visa application?

  • Write in a clear and understandable way. Pretend that you are an objective third party that doesn’t know anything about your history or relationship. Is your declaration clear and understandable from such an perspective?
  • Write in simple, short sentences that address the critical aspects of your history, relationship, and the considerations that the Department will assess (e.g. development of the relationship, financial aspects of the relationship etc.)
  • Include details and facts, and explain important and relevant events and dates, which will make your declarations, history and relationship more convincing. Such as the below example.
  • Refer to supporting documents and evidence that you are including in your application during your declaration, which will again make your declaration and relationship more convincing.
  • Proofread and make your declarations easy to understand. You don’t want to make your case officer’s job difficult, since he or she will decide your application. You actually should be as helpful and organised as you can be.
  • Get a friend or family member to proofread your draft as well, and see if they understand your declaration, whether they find it convincing, and if they have any further suggestions.

    Statutory declaration example


    I, Penny Money, of 5 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000, full-time student, make the following declaration under the Statutory Declarations Act 1959:

    1. I can confirm that John Bond and I have a mutual commitment to a shared life as spouse partners to the exclusion of all others.
    2. Our relationship is genuine and continuing.
    3. We first met in February 2010 at the University of Sydney.
    4. We both decided to enter into our committed and exclusive relationship on 30 June 2015. This was the date that we both decided that we would get married, and we would start planning our wedding.
    5. We recently completed our marriage ceremony and obtained our marriage certificate on 11 October 2016. After our marriage ceremony, we spent the weekend moving our belongings to John’s family home in Sydney. We are currently living together at John’s family home, at 5 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000.
    6. Prior to getting married, we previously lived together at 6 Bay Street, Randwick NSW. We lived together at this address between June 2013 and October 2016.

    Development of the relationship

    1. John and I first met at the University of Sydney in February 2010 while we were doing our undergraduate studies at this university.
    2. We both completed our undergraduate studies at the University of Sydney at the end of 2012. Please see attached copies of our undergraduate degree qualifications which demonstrates that we were both studying at this university at the same time.
    3. During our time as undergraduate students, John and I were good friends, but we never dated each other. During our first and second years at university, we didn’t have many courses and subjects in common. We would usually see each other at university around once or twice a week, for various events and activities such as:
      • Social activities organised by the university, university social clubs or students union
      • Social activities organised by our mutual friends
      • Study groups with our friends when we had mid-term or end of term examinations
    4. During our last year of undergraduate studies during 2012, John and I were enrolled for the same course and class for four different subjects. We did two common subjects in semester one, and also two common subjects in semester two. This was because the later year advanced courses were a lot more specialised and limited.
    5. During the last year of our studies, John and I spent a lot more time together during our classes, and also after class as we often studied together.
    6. Our last year of undergraduate studies was also the most difficult. John and I became a lot closer during this year as we helped and encouraged each other through the difficulties of our final subjects and examinations. I think that both of us performed much better with our exams and results because we had each other support and understanding. It was during this year that John and I first started to develop our feelings of care, love and support for each other.
    7. In 2013, we both continued our studies as PHD students. I completed my studies in Medical Engineering, while John studied Aeronautical Engineering. We both completed our PHD studies in adjacent buildings on campus from 2013. Please see attached copies of our PHD degree qualifications.
    8. In January 2013, we were together on a day trip to the Blue Mountains with a group of other friends. We got to know each other a lot more during this trip, so this trip and time together was an important step and development in our relationship. It was at this time that our relationship changed from being just friends, as we talked to each other about dating each other as partners. Soon after this trip, we decided to enter into our relationship. Please see attached ‘Relationship Photos 2013-2016’ which includes a few photos from this trip.
    9. In the year that followed, we developed and continued our close relationship by having nearly daily contact at our university. We have provided some examples from our message and phone records, which demonstrates our regular daily communication, including during a short period of separation when I travelled overseas to see family (Dec 2014 –Jan 2015).
    10. I was introduced to John’s father and brother in September 2014. Please see attached Form 888 completed by John’s father (Form 888 Sponsor father) and brother (Form 888 Sponsor brother).
    11. We went to Tasmania for a one-week road trip with two friends and stayed together in January 2015. Please see attached:
      • Social Tasmania trip flights and hotel bookings
      • Social Tasmania trip car rental
      • Social Tasmania trip photos
    12. We attended a Christmas party held at my supervisor’s place in December 2015. I introduced John to my supervisor and all the other students that were doing my PHD course. Please see attached Form 888 completed by my supervisor (Professor Nutty).
    13. During our undergraduate studies, I got to know John as a friend, and I thought that he was a nice guy. I found he is caring and knowledgeable, and that we have a lot in common.
    14. After we started our relationship, we both knew from early on that we have found our right other-halves. Being PHD students, we are often faced with difficulties in research and exams. Our similar backgrounds and upbringing also made it easier for us to communicate, as well as communicate with each other’s friends and family. With the mutual commitment and support of both our families, we decided to get married and started organising our wedding plans in mid 2015.
    15. Both John and I have family with conservative values, and this was also how both of us were brought up by our parents. While both our parents knew about our relationship and they were very supportive, our parents didn’t want us to live together until we had confirmed our intentions to get married and started organising our wedding.
    16. Hence, shortly after we told our parents that we would be getting married in June 2015 and that we had started organising our wedding plans, we also looked into moving in together. After we confirmed our wedding date, John moved in with me and my housemates at our rented unit in Randwick on 2 July 2015. The rent was $1100 per fortnight. Our housemates have been paying their share to our joint account ($660) before we make the full payment to the real estate agency from our joint account. Please see attached:
      • Tenancy change form July 2015
      • Financial joint account bank statement: we have highlighted our rental payments
    17. John and I lived together for just over one year before we got married on 11 October 2016. This was a very important period in our relationship, as we got to see what it would be like to live with each other on a daily basis. While John and I were very certain that we would be able to live happily together based on our history and how much we knew about it other, it was still important for us to live together before we got married.
    18. This period allowed John and I to connect and get to know each other even better. We got a chance to see how we as a couple can organise our home affairs, chores and joint responsibilities. Over time, we also got to know when it was right to give each other some space and personal time, which is still important to both of us. By the time that we got married, we already had a very good idea of each other’s daily habits.
    19. From mid-2015, John and I organised and planned our wedding. We had a lot of help from John’s family in Australia. Because my family live overseas, they weren’t able to help much with our wedding organisation. But my family did help financially by sending money to our joint account which we used for various wedding expenses. We have provided receipts for these transfers from my family. My family also helped organise travel and accommodation for my family members who travelled to Australia for our wedding.
    20. Our marriage registration took place on 30 June 2016, followed by our wedding ceremony and celebrations which was also held on 16 September 2016. Please see attached:
      • Relationship marriage certificate Sep 2016
      • Relationship wedding invitation
      • Relationship wedding photos
      • Statutory statements from supporting witnesses (Form 888 and statutory declarations from non-Australian witnesses)
    21. After our wedding, we spent the weekend packing our belonging and moved to John’s family’s place at 5 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000.

    Financial aspects of the relationship

    1. We opened our joint bank account on 7 July 2015, shortly after John and I started living together. Please see attached file: Financial joint account bank statements.
    2. Before opening this account, we would take turns paying for daily expenses such as food, entertainment, social events with friends etc.
    3. Both our scholarship payments and tutor teaching salaries are transferred directly into our joint account. During our time as PHD students, we both earned extra income by working as tutors for our university. We have also both transferred funds from our personal accounts into our joint account whenever we need some extra funds for expensive purchases like furniture, electronics, holiday bookings, wedding expenses etc.
    4. The attached joint account statement demonstrates that we both regularly use our joint account for regular expenses like groceries, various personal bills, entertainment etc. Both our scholarship payments and salaries as university tutors were paid directly to our joint account and key expenses (e.g. rental payment, wedding-related, furniture, electronics etc.) have been highlighted and explained.
    5. Currently John is not working and he is not receiving any further scholarship payments after the completion of his PHD. I am completing the final year of my PHD studies, hence, my scholarship payments and salaries as a university tutor are still paid directly into our joint account for both of us to use.
    6. We currently both continue to use our joint bank account regularly for daily expenses, as well as all major purchases such as flight and holiday costs.
    7. Because we currently live at a residence which is owned by John’s family, we currently do not have to pay rent. However, we do contribute to household expenses by buying groceries and other household items. We started paying for all electricity bills for the household from October 2016 onwards. This is paid directly from our joint account.
    8. John is currently looking for work after recently completing his PHD studies. I currently have around another 12 months to go before I will complete my PHD research and studies. Once I finish studying and hopefully secure employment after graduation, we are planning to obtain a home loan to purchase an apartment.

    Nature of the household

    1. While living at 6 Bay Street, Randwick, we both had to handle the constantly changing schedule and time demands that are placed on PHD students. Hence, we shared our household chores in a flexible manner, so whoever has more spare time during the week would do the majority of chores.
    2. I was mainly responsible for cooking and taking food to the university if John is working after hours on his experiments.
    3. Our shopping was done together during any nights that we are free, although I or John would also do shopping by ourselves if the other was busy.
    4. When we didn’t have any plans to go out, we set Saturday night aside for house cleaning and we did that together.
    5. We adopted a dog in December 2015, and we have named him Dobby. Sharing the responsibility of looking after our dog has helped us tremendously in preparing ourselves for a family life. We both really enjoy taking Dobby out for walks, which also helps us keep active and gets us outdoors basically every day.
    6. We are living with John’s family at the moment. John’s father likes to cook, so he is responsible for this most of the time. John and I are responsible for preparing lunch and dinner on Sundays. We also contribute by helping with the shopping and cleaning around the house. John’s father has retired, and he has really helped us by accommodating us into his home, and providing us with help as John looks for a job and we both look to save up to eventually buy a place of our own.

    Social aspects of the relationship

    1. Over the past year or so, we went for bushwalks in the surrounding national parks near Sydney on several occasions. We have now taken our pet dog Dobby on several of these walks, and this is an outdoor activity that we both really enjoy together.
    2. We went to Watson’s Bay with a few other friends in November 2014 and again during Easter 2016.
    3. We have also attended several major festival celebrations together as a couple (Easter, New Year, birthdays and weddings etc.). Please see attached ‘Relationship photos social’.
    4. Since October 2015 we have been swimming at our local fitness & aquatic centre on a very regular basis. Please see attached: Gym cards.
    5. We attended the lab Christmas party at my supervisor’s place as a couple. Please see attached completed Form 888 by my supervisor, Professor Nutty.
    6. In January 2015, we and two other friends went for a road trip in Tasmania for a week during the Christmas break.
    7. We have also talked to my parents on Skype regularly. I talk to my parents via Skype on Sundays, and John usually joins me for these calls. My dad and John are both really into football, and they message and banter with each other on weekends during games.
    8. Our parents and John’s brother all support our relationship and marriage. Details to be found in the attached Form 888 from John’s father and brother, and the attached statutory declarations from my parents.
    9. Our friends are also supportive of our relationship and invite us to events as a couple. Please see attached ‘Relationship wedding and other invitations’.

    Nature of the commitment

    1. The relationship between John and I is genuine and continuing. We are both committed to a shared life as spouse partners to the exclusion of all others. We have been and will continue to support each other in all aspects of our lives.
    2. From January to August 2016, I was preparing to finalise my important research project submission and examinations. This was a particularly difficult and stressful time. John has always been encouraging and understanding during such difficult periods. He also offered his expertise on solving problems and answering interview questions. It was because of him that I performed well for my research project and exams.
    3. My mother got sick in the same year and needed critical care for a while. It was an extremely challenging time for both of us, especially because I could not travel back home due to my need to submit my research project in time. During this tough time. John supported me emotionally and mentally.
    4. These adverse life events in the end made our relationship even stronger. We both knew then we would stick together for better, for worse, in sickness and health, and that we were ready to spend the rest of our lives together.
    5. I know that John is working hard with his job applications, and thankfully he already has a few positive leads with some second stage interviews that he has completed. John has always worked hard throughout his life, and he is also very intelligent and easy-going. We are both confident that he will shortly be able to secure a job in an industry/business that is related to his studies and interests.
    6. I currently have around another 12 months to go before I will complete my PHD research and studies. Once I finish studying and hopefully secure employment after graduation, we are planning to obtain a home loan to purchase an apartment.
    Frequently asked questions
    Can we prepare a joint declaration?No because a statutory declaration is sworn and signed by one person only
    Do we need to prepare two separate and different declarations for the same relationship history?Yes – we recommend having your statutory declarations ready at the time that you lodge your applications, so that yourself and your sponsor have a clear understanding of your relationship history and information that you have provided to the Department.
    Can our declarations be the same or similar?Yes but you shouldn’t really be completely copying and pasting each other’s declarations. Overlap and similarities are acceptable since your writing about the same relationship and history, but you still need to prepare two separate declarations written from your individual perspectives
    My partner’s English isn’t very good – should he or she write his or her declaration in his or her native language and translate this?

    This would be the most accurate way for the applicant or sponsor to provide the relevant information to the Department.

    We have had instances where the Department has accepted statutory declarations that were prepared in English for the visa applicant or sponsor, and this information was explained to the visa applicant or sponsor in their native language, before the visa applicant or sponsor arranged for swearing of the relevant statutory declaration.

    Client reviews


    Mohammed · September 20, 2019 at 1:21 am

    Hello… My wife was unable to disclose her relationship status on her tax return this year, as this was not mentioned to her by her tax agent. It is our understanding that, the immigration might want to confirm her relationship with the taxation office. The immigration hasn’t contact us yet to explain such omission. We got married in June this year and the tax return was made in July this year.

    What is your advice on this, should the immigration come back for such explanation.

    Warm regards,

      My Access Australia · September 22, 2019 at 8:21 am

      Sorry but I would need to refer you to our consultation services if you need such advice that is personalised for your history and circumstances.
      Please see Contact Us page and in relation to our Consultation Service.

    Jessica · September 16, 2019 at 10:23 pm

    Hello, is this declaration has to be certified by someone?

    Mohammed · September 5, 2019 at 4:08 pm

    Hi. On what form can you have your statutory declaration. example, form 888 is for your supporting witness but i can not find the form that will contain your declaration. thank you.

    Kde · July 16, 2019 at 10:57 am

    Hi Peg,Thanks for your information. Appreciate! We are processing my wife’s 100 subclass visa. I have a question, we have rented a unit & we also have a joint account and separate individual accounts. Our rent and grocery expense goes from my account and we use my wife’s account for other bulk expenses and saving for our future home. Can we explain the same in declaration?

      My Access Australia · July 19, 2019 at 8:23 pm

      Hi Kde,
      Yes, you should explain this in your declarations.

    Sara Noghani · July 8, 2019 at 1:57 am

    Hi Peng, Many thanks for the decleration sample you have provided here. My question is, how they are going to recognize where the application is lodged from? We are doing an offshore application. I as sponser am living in Australia and doing the most of the whole work and so I am filling the online application from onshore and would pay for it myself. Is this an issue? If so, how come Australian agents can apply on behaf of the applicant while they are onshore?

      My Access Australia · July 11, 2019 at 8:09 pm

      Hi Sara,
      The application will be linked to your partner’s passport and therefore Department will be able to tell from their records whether your partner is onshore or offshore when the application is lodged.
      There is no issue with you lodging and paying for the application from Australia – we do this all of the time for clients with offshore applications.

    Kate · June 1, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    Hi Peng,

    Thanks for your useful information. I’m in the stage of apply PR (801) and I’d like to do it myself this time. However, I used the agent to lodge my first application(820) and I don’t have immiaccount. If I do create the new one and apply do I need to get the previous information or just use the current evidence?. If yes how can I do?


      Peng Cheng · June 1, 2019 at 8:43 pm

      Hi Kate,
      You can create your own Immiaccount to lodge the 801 visa application.

    Gee · May 24, 2019 at 5:10 pm

    Good Day!

    I have been stalking your blog in these past few days. It has been very helpful!

    I am about to apply for Partner Visa 820


    – We live together for 7 months now
    – Our Civil Partnership cert is now 11 months but on a different address


    – Are we still eligible for the Partner visa 820 application?
    – In the question online, what date should I place as a de facto? Date when we started dating, living together or registered the relationship?

    I hope to hear

      Peng Cheng · May 27, 2019 at 9:00 pm

      Hi Gee,
      Unfortunately I can’t provide advice just based on your comment information.
      Please see Contact Us page and in relation to our Consultation Service – feel free to contact us if you need advice in relation to your visa options.

    Marian · May 15, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    Hi, my husband and I have been married for a year, been together 3 yrs before that. I’ve lived in australia for a total of 9 months (3 mos/entry) before and after our marriage on a multple tourist visa. I am not on the lease because my husband still shares rent with his workmate. We have a joint bank acct, travels together, social evidence, etc. However, I’m finding it difficult to supplement the Household aspect of our marriage cos we havent lived together long enough.Any advice?

      Peng Cheng · May 19, 2019 at 9:42 am

      Hi Marian,
      Sorry but to properly respond to your queries, I’d need to ask some questions and get some information/documents from you.
      Please see Contact Us page and in relation to our Consultation Service – feel free to contact us if you need advice in relation to your visa options.

    Oge · May 14, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    Hi Peng,
    I’m currently applying for a student visa however I have a spouse and an infant. I intend to apply for them as dependents, do I need to provide statutory declaration in addition to our marriage certificate? Additionally, my sponsor and I have no shared name may I see samples of statutory declaration to show she is my relative and will sponsor me? Thank you

      Peng Cheng · May 19, 2019 at 9:35 am

      Hi Oge,
      I intend to apply for them as dependents, do I need to provide statutory declaration in addition to our marriage certificate?
      You probably won’t need a declaration if you are married and have a child together.
      Additionally, my sponsor and I have no shared name may I see samples of statutory declaration to show she is my relative and will sponsor me?
      Sorry I don’t have such a post.
      Please see Contact Us page and in relation to our Consultation Service – feel free to contact us if you need advice in relation to your visa options.

    Mit · May 12, 2019 at 11:10 am

    Hello Peng,

    I have query regarding subclass 100. My wife has already received 309 in 2017 and we will be applying 100 soon. Currently we are sharing house with my brother in law and we don’t have any join lease document. So should be okay if we provide reference letter from brother in law? We do have join account but that we are not using for grocery shopping etc and we are using our personal account to do that.

    Could you please let me know how we go about this?

      Peng Cheng · May 19, 2019 at 9:30 am

      Hi Mit,
      So should be okay if we provide reference letter from brother in law?
      Yes that should be fine.
      We do have join account but that we are not using for grocery shopping etc and we are using our personal account to do that.
      Perhaps explain this in your declaration.
      Please see Contact Us page and in relation to our Consultation Service – feel free to contact us if you need advice in relation to your visa.

    Sandesh · May 5, 2019 at 10:41 pm

    Hi Peng,

    I am just wondering if in the form 47SP for the applicant, the essay on the four aspects of relationship along with the development of relationship can be uploaded as a separate attachment after the application has been lodged. I am thinking of putting it in a separate document rather than in the form as it could be longer and may cross the 2000 word limit.
    What are your thoughts on this ?

    Thank you in advance.

      Peng Cheng · May 9, 2019 at 2:01 pm

      Hi Sandesh,
      Yes, you can do that if you wish.

    Kwim · April 22, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    Hi Peng,

    My wife and I are planning for a trip outside aus. shes currently on a 309 visa waiting for 100 visa to be process. How do I let the immigration know that we are travelling outside aus? is it by form 929? also how do we know we have the go ahead to do so

      Peng Cheng · April 23, 2019 at 3:51 pm

      Hi Kwim,
      You don’t need to inform the Department – your wife can travel on a temporary partner visa.

    Judith Butcher · March 10, 2019 at 4:11 pm

    Hello – I submitted my partner visa application onshore a week ago. My partner and I moved into together 3 months after meeting so used that as the de facto start date in Feb 2018 – there’s not much evidence though of exact dates as we were not on lease so I’m concerned they may say we cannot prove 12 months de facto…
    I was going to register the relationship also as I know it waives the 12 month living requirement – does it carry any weight if registered after submission though?

      Peng Cheng · March 14, 2019 at 3:43 pm

      Hi Judith,
      You can register your relationship after lodgement. This will waive the 12 month requirement at the time of application.

        Judith Butcher · March 14, 2019 at 3:45 pm

        Perfect – thanks so much for your help 🙂

    Ahmar · February 27, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    Hi Peng, This is a great article. I have applied for subclass 189 visa and I have recently got a CO contact and they have requested my wife to provide evidence of relationship with me for 12 months prior to visa lodgement date. We got married on Feb 2018 and i had lodged my 189 visa application on Nov 2018. We had an arranged marriage in India and my wife is not working as she decided to be a housewife therefore i am taking care of all financials and she is taking care of the household.

      Peng Cheng · March 5, 2019 at 12:53 pm

      Hi Ahmar,
      Sorry but to properly respond to your queries, I’d need to ask some questions and get some information from you.
      Please see Contact Us page and in relation to our Consultation Service – feel free to contact us if you need advice in relation to the Department’s request.

      Jaspreet · August 26, 2019 at 1:57 pm

      Hi Ahmar,
      I am applying partner visa for my wife too(Onshore application). Since you applied yourself, might be good if you can help me too. As i am filling partner visa application for my wife who is also housewife. Can you provide me your email address so that i can contact you over email

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *