A couple of years ago I asked Centrelink what would happen to my aged pension should I marry, and they told me that if I have a live in partner of any description my Australian pension would drop $100 plus ( not sure if that was per month or per fortnight ) even if I was supporting them 100% it would make no difference, so I asked them if they would email me what they told me so as I had it in writing, and a month or so later much to my surprise I received an email, and sure enough what the person whom I spoke to at Centrelink was correct.
I have had a lady friend for the past three years who wants to get married, but I have been putting it off because if my pension dropped I may have a tiny struggle with my budget now that the dollar has dropped so much, even though I dont waste money.
Anyway I am starting to weaken because over the years she has never given me any reason to doubt her, and I have grown very fond of her ( at my age my love feelings have gone ) and I figure that fond has taken the place of love, so I have decided to marry her if I can get away with it and not telling Centrelink, but if I have to tell them then we cant be married, so what are the chances of Centrelink finding out if I dont notify them?
Whilst living in and working in Australia for over sixty years I paid a lot of tax and I dont think it is fair that because I may have a live in partner I should have a drop in pension, so I am asking this question to Australians whom have married a Filipino whether or not if they told Centrelink or just got married and said nothing?
I really hope that somebody will be able to answer this for me so as I will know which road to take.
Will be thankful for any help or advice that any body can offer.