Last updated 11 April 2017
De facto relationships and property entitlements of same-sex parties to a relationship are subject to the Commonwealth jurisdiction according to the Commonwealth Powers (De Facto Relationships) Act 2003 (Qld). This means that parties to a de facto relationship can have their property matters resolved in either the Family Court of Australia or Federal Circuit Court of Australia.
Same-sex relationships are recognised as de facto relationships for legal property settlement purposes. Couples can jointly own property, and have the same rights to property settlement as other de facto couples in Queensland (for more information on property settlements see the Property Division when Couples Separate chapter).