Increasingly, many people meet new friends and partners online or through dating agencies. Some online sites help you find a friendship or a long-term relationship, while others are about finding a casual sexual partner. Do your research before you sign up to ensure you are comfortable with what you are agreeing to and feel secure.
When you start out, look for a reputable agency and learn from friends’ experiences. You want to feel both understood and respected and need to be safe.
Relationships Australia can help you if you are considering taking your online relationship to the next stage. You can contact Relationships Australia in your state or territory to find out about other services that may be helpful.