Check your enrolment - Australian marriage law postal survey

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Defence personnel have only days to ensure they are correctly enrolled to participate in the Australian marriage law survey recently announced by government.

Australians have until 24 August 2017 to register or update their details with the Australian Electoral Commission to participate in the survey, which has been colloquially referred to as a postal plebiscite.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics process for the survey will ensure supporting participation by all eligible Australians including those who are overseas.

Australian Defence Force families are posted to a new location regularly, so its a good time to double-check that your electoral roll details are up to date.

From 12 September, survey forms will be mailed out and personnel will have until 7 November to respond. According to the information line, the cut-off date to request a replacement survey is 18 October. The outcome of the survey will be announced on 15 November.

The ABS advises that arrangements will be made for personnel on deployment, and has released special strategies including guidelines for a paperless response and trusted person responses.

Personnel may also wish to consider changing their postal address with the AEC to the ADF Post Office for their operation if deployed between 12 September and prior to 18 October. Personnel should immediately complete and return the postal survey to increase the likelihood the ABS receiving the return prior to the 7 November cut-off date. Special strategies have been 

Eligible Australians who will not be at their enrolled address during the mailout period should arrange to have their mail forwarded or can contact the Australian Marriage Law Survey Information Line to arrange for a survey form to be dispatched to their nominated address. The Information Line 1800 572 113 is open 7 days a week, 8am - 8pm (local time).

For the most up to date information about survey processes, please visit the ABS website.


To check your enrolment, visit the AEC website here.

If you have recently moved, update your electorol roll details with the AEC.

If you recently became eligible to vote, you can enrol online. If you become eligible to vote after 24 August 2017, the ABS has advised that you will not be eligible to participate.

If you will be overseas or travelling, you may wish to register as an overseas elector if you have an address that survey papers can be sent to. Special strategies will be available for Australians residing overseas and for travellers.

If you are deployed on operations or at sea, special strategies will be available for your participation. You may wish to consider changing your postal address with the AEC to your ADF Post Office if you will be deployed between 12 September and 18 October.

To find out more, please call the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey Information Line, 1800 572 113, which is open 7 days a week, 8am to 8pm (local time),


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, 18 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.

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Author: Brad Harris
Brad is a member of DEFGLIS who specialises in supply chain management and logistics.

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