End of the Stronger Relationships Trial



Celebrants have a legal requirement to advise a marrying couple of details of information and services available to them to enhance, and sustain them throughout, their relationship.” (Marriage Regulations 1963 – Regulation 37L 6b).

A Government initiative to help strengthen relationships, and reduce the divorce rate, was the Stronger Relationships trial.  In summary, the Trial:

  • commenced on 1 July 2014 for a trial period of 12 months;
  • offered a $200.00 subsidy for relationship education and counselling to eligible couples; and
  • was open to all couples who were over the age of 18 years and in a committed relationship.

A media release issued on 1 February 2015 by the Minister for Social Services, the Hon. Scott Morrison, advises that due to the trial being undersubscribed, the trial will end on Monday 9 February 2015.

What does this mean for marrying couples?

If you haven’t already signed up for this Trial, and want to participate, you must register before Monday 9 February 2015.  You can do this at: www.dss.gov.au/strongerrelationships.

If you have signed up for the Trial, you have until June 2015 to use the services offered.

You can read the media release here at: http://scottmorrison.dss.gov.au/media-releases/extra-17-million-for-frontline-social-services-as-stronger-relationships-trial-ends


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