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Elections

Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey

The Australian Government will proceed with the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey of all Australians on the Commonwealth Electoral Roll.

Instructions on survey participation will be published on the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) website (www.marriagesurvey.abs.gov.au). 

To be eligible to participate in the survey you must be enrolled with the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) by 6pm (AEST) on 24 August 2017. Those living overseas need to ensure that they are correctly enrolled as an Overseas Elector. To enrol or to check or update your enrolment visit the AEC website (www.aec.gov.au) or call +61 6160 2600. You cannot enrol or check your details via the High Commission.

Key dates:

Thursday, 24 August 2017 - Electoral Roll closes for new enrolments or changes to enrolments (midnight local time).
Tuesday, 12 September 2017 - Commencement of mailing of forms and collection period.
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 – Requests for replacement material closes (6pm local time).
Friday, 27 October 2017 – The date all eligible Australians will be strongly encouraged to return their form by. 
Tuesday, 7 November (6pm EST) – No responses received after this date will be processed. 
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 – Statistics released.

For further information - including instructions on survey participation and key dates - visit the ABS website.

If you are experiencing difficulties accessing the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey Information Line (1800 572 113), the ABS has provided an alternate number that can be dialled from overseas +61 2 6252 52 62. Open 7 days a week from 8am to 8pm (local time). Charges apply.

 

Elections and Overseas Voting

Voting while overseas

Please visit the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) website for complete information on enrolment procedures and voting in federal elections while overseas.  You may also contact the AEC by e-mail (info@aec.gov.au) or by telephone (+61 2 6160 2600).  Overseas residents may subscribe to the AEC mailing list in order to receive notifications of future federal elections and referendums.

Registering as an overseas voter

If you are already enrolled to vote and are living overseas, you may register as a postal voter.  As a registered postal voter, you will receive a postal vote in the mail after the announcement of a federal election. 

If you are unable to vote

You may complete and submit an overseas notification form if you are unable to vote in an election while overseas.  The form may be completed at any time and provides you with an option to be removed from the electoral roll while you are overseas.

State and Territory Elections

Please contact your state or territory electoral authority for information about registering and voting in a state/territory elections while overseas.

ACT - http://www.elections.act.gov.au/
NSW - http://www.elections.nsw.gov.au/
NT - http://www.ntec.nt.gov.au/
QLD - https://www.ecq.qld.gov.au/
SA - http://www.ecsa.sa.gov.au/
TAS - http://www.tec.tas.gov.au/
VIC - https://www.vec.vic.gov.au/
WA - https://www.elections.wa.gov.au/

 

Note: Registration forms listed on this page should be submitted directly to the AEC or state/territory authority (by mail, fax or electronically) and cannot be forwarded through the Australian High Commission or other Australian offices in Canada.