The Partner (Provisional) visa (subclass 309) allows you to live in Australia if you are the spouse or defacto partner of an Australian citizen, a permanent resident, or an eligible New Zealand citizen.
The Partner (Provisional) visa (subclass 309) is the first step towards a permanent Partner visa (subclass 100). You have to be outside Australia, while you are applying for the Partner (Provisional) visa (subclass 309 and also when your visa is granted. However, you can be inside Australia or offshore, when you are granted the Partner visa (subclass 100).
You are eligible for this visa if you want to enter Australia on the basis of your relationship with your partner. Your partner must be one of the following:
Married Partners (de jure)
To be eligible to apply in Australia for a partner on the basis of marriage:
De facto Partners
To apply for Partner Visa as a de facto partner, you must show that you have been living with your partner in a de facto relationship for a period of entire 12 months, prior to applying for a visa.
To be eligible to apply in Australia for a partner on the basis of a de facto relationship: