Under the current partner visa orderly process , you & your mate should apply together. You can apply for a partner visa either from foreign (under Visa subclasses-309 & 100) or within Australia (under Visa subclasses-820 & 801).
As part of the application, you & your mate will need to prepare proof to show that your relationship is genuine and on going . Both will also both need to give a copy of your:
Once you have filled partner-visa & is accepted by the Department of Home Affairs, you can apply for a bridging visa. This visa will permit you to remain in Australia after your current visa becomes out of date . In many cases, a bridging visa will allow you to:
- Let you work in Australia;
- Let you study in Australia; and
- Let you access Australian healthcare.