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How Australians overseas can vote in the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey

Australians living overseas voting in Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey

As previously announced by the Australian Government, the Australian Bureau of Statistics will collect statistical information from all Australians (including Australians living overseas) on the Commonwealth Electoral Roll, as to their views on whether or not the law should be changed to allow same sex marriage.

The voluntary survey will cover all Australians on the electoral roll. All Australians on the roll (or those who’ve made a valid request for enrolment) by 24 August 2017 will receive the necessary documentation to enable them to participate.  The results of the survey will be published by 15 November 2017.

The ABS has released details on the process to be followed for the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey and will provide more details when they are available, including supporting participation by all eligible Australians (including those without access to mail, vision impaired, overseas etc).

If you have questions regarding The Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey Information Line, 1800 572 113, is open seven days a week, 8am to 8pm (local time).  If you are calling from outside of Australia, you can call +61 2 6252 5262

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Eligible Australians living overseas

The ABS has announced that there are a number of options for eligible Australians living overseas to participate in the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey.  Paper forms will not be posted overseas for this survey.

Australians who are temporarily overseas may be able to complete their survey form before they leave or after they return. Survey forms will be delivered by 25 September and need to be received at the ABS by the 7 November deadline, allowing a reasonable period for completing and posting back the paper form.

Eligible Australians that are overseas for this entire period could ask a trusted person to receive their form on their behalf, open it, complete it based on their instruction and return it to the ABS.

If neither of the above options are possible, the eligible Australian overseas will be able to request a Secure Access Code from the ABS through the Information Line or the ABS website from 25 September to 20 October 2017 and complete the survey online, via the automated telephony service or via a call centre.

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