Processing your form
Survey responses will be progressively processed during the collection period, and results will be released on 15 November 2017.
Measures are in place to ensure the secrecy of each survey response and the integrity of the process. These measures will detect any attempted multiple responses associated with an individual eligible Australian with only the last valid response counted.
There may be penalties for providing false or misleading information to the ABS.
Release of results
The Australian Statistician will publish the results of the survey on the ABS website on 15 November 2017.
The official statistics will include a count of responses (Yes, No and Response Not Clear) by Commonwealth Electoral Division (CED), State/Territory and National. This will also include a count of eligible Australians who have not participated.
Information from the Commonwealth Electoral Roll will be used independently to produce a participation rate by age and gender for each CED, State/Territory and National.
Participation will be published for each CED, by gender, for each of the following age groups: 18-19 years, 20-24 years, 25-29 years, 30-34 years, 35-39 years, 40-44 years, 45-49 years, 50-54 years, 55-59 years, 60-64 years, 65-69 years, 70-74 years, 75-79 years, 80-84 years, and 85+ years.
The participation characteristics will not be available for Silent Electors and some other participants where Electoral Information is not complete. These will be reported as "age unavailable" or "gender unavailable".
The answer to the survey question is anonymous – the ABS will not be able to provide a count of Yes, No and Response Not Clear by age or gender.
Destruction of survey materials
The completed survey material and envelopes will be securely destroyed within 60 days of the publication of the results.
If you receive survey materials and do not want to participate, please destroy your survey materials.
Assurance, integrity and quality
The Australian Statistician will ensure that statistical information is collected with a high level of transparency and integrity to provide assurance in the accuracy of the data. The Statistician will publish a statement on the quality and integrity of the survey with the results on 15 November 2017.
The ABS has in place robust systems and controls for the processing, interpreting and publishing of statistical data. The ABS will use these systems and controls in the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey.
The survey assurance process will include external observers. Commonwealth Parliamentarians will nominate external observers by mid-September. These individuals will be able to observe the process of recognising marks on a sample of survey forms as yes, no or invalid responses.
The ABS will also engage an independent assurer to monitor a number of processes such as the dispatch of survey forms, and receipt and destruction of forms.