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I'm not sure whether i had an australian marriage certificate, however my residancy was granted to me on the grounds of marriage.
I was entitled to the health care benefits, used to pay tax...
If you were definitely married in Dubai, then when you came to Australia, your then partner would have had to provide proof of marriage. An Australian citizen married in another country cannot have their marriage registered in NSW, or Australia.
Therefore, if there is no Australian marriage, then there are no divorce formalities you need to go through here in Australia.
I hope this answers your question.