The postal survey on marriage equality has begun, with the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) starting the progressive delivery of materials to more than 16 million eligible Australians.
Over the next two weeks, packages containing the survey form, a reply paid envelope and survey instructions will be mailed to eligible Australians on the Commonwealth Electoral Roll to collect their views on whether the law should be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry.
ABS Deputy Australian Statistician and taskforce lead, Jonathan Palmer, encouraged people to complete their forms and return them straight away using the Reply Paid envelope provided.
“Look out for your survey form in the mail, complete and return it without delay to make sure your response counts,” he said.
Australia Post acting managing director and group CEO Christine Corbett said they were confident in its capacity to deliver the survey forms to the highest service levels.
“Our posties will continue to do the fantastic job that they do every day – delivering and collecting mail right across the country. We call on the community to respect the job they are doing during this process,” she said.
Detailed information about the survey is available from www.marriagesurvey.abs.gov.au or by calling the Information Line on 1800 572 113 from 8am to 8pm (AEST), seven days a week.
Mail out of Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey materials will take place over a two-week period.
Requests for a replacement form opens on September 25 and will close on Friday, October 20, at 6pm.
Results of the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey will be published on the ABS website on November 15.