Your postal survey

Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey

An Australian Marriage Law Survey Form will be sent by post to every eligible Australian (except those overseas). It will be sent to your address on the Commonwealth Electoral Roll or the alternative address you have provided to the ABS.

When should you expect to receive your survey form?

Survey forms should be received by 25 September 2017, after being mailed in a staggered delivery schedule over a two week period from 12 September 2017.

Your survey materials

The package containing the survey form will include a Reply Paid envelope and instructions on how to complete the survey form.

To make sure your response counts, please complete it and mail it back in the Reply Paid envelope straight away.

The Reply Paid envelope is for your survey response only. Please do not include correspondence, complaints or other communication - it will not be answered. Any extraneous material inserted in the envelope with the survey will be destroyed. This could also contaminate processing machinery or result in the survey also being destroyed and not processed.

Sample: Survey form 
Sample: Survey materials envelope


Are you moving or travelling during the survey period?

If you won’t be at your enrolled address during the mail out period, please arrange to have your mail forwarded, ask a trusted person to complete it on your behalf, or contact the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey Information Line.

You can use our online form to arrange for your survey materials to be sent to a different address.

Requesting a replacement survey form

You can arrange for a new form to be sent to you, if required.

You will need to request the form yourself, or have a legally authorised person (i.e. a person with power of attorney, authorised carer for a person with a severe disability, etc.) do it on your behalf.

Requests for replacement materials will only be accepted between 25 September 2017 and 6pm (local time) on 20 October 2017.

How to complete your survey

The survey asks one question: “Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?”.

Please do the following:

  • Mark one box – Yes or No – on the survey form.
  • Use a dark pen.
  • Put your form (and nothing else) in the enclosed Reply Paid envelope.
  • Put that envelope in the mail (no stamp needed)… straight away, if you can!

How to complete your survey


When a response is deemed invalid

A response may not be valid if:

  • Both boxes are marked.
  • The printed barcode on the form is missing or altered.

Returning your survey form

Only one survey response will be accepted for each eligible Australian.

Please return your form straight away. To ensure your response counts, the ABS strongly encourages you to post your completed survey to the ABS by 27 October 2017.

The ABS cannot accept surveys received at the address after 6pm (local time) on 7 November 2017.

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