Time running out to get replacement marriage survey form
Wednesday 10.35am: TIME was running out for people to obtain a replacement form to participate in the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey with requests for replacement forms closing at 6 pm (local time) on Friday October 20.
So far, more than 16 million survey forms were posted to eligible Australians and an estimated 10 million survey forms had already been returned as at Friday, October 6 2017.
If you still wanted to have your say, and haven't received your forms, ABS Deputy Australian Statistician and Taskforce Lead, Jonathan Palmer, said replacement forms could be sent to eligible Australians if their form had been lost, damaged, or had not arrived.
"If you haven't got your survey materials, you can request a replacement form easily and quickly via the ABS website's online enquiry form.
"You'll be asked to supply personal information such as a driver's licence or Australian passport so we can verify your identity, send a new survey form and invalidate your previous form so only one response is counted.
"Another option is to visit a capital city or regional pick-up location. At each of these locations you can collect a survey form, after verifying your identity. Locations can also accept returned survey forms or provide directions to a nearby Post Office or Red Post Box," Mr Palmer said.
Replacement survey forms are also available via the Information Line on 1800 572 113.
The ABS was providing a paperless option so that eligible Australians travelling or living overseas, people in aged care facilities, or those with an illness, injury or disability, can respond online or by phone.
"This option allows you to obtain a Secure Access Code through the online enquiry form on the ABS website or by calling the Information Line.
"The 16-digit Secure Access Code can be used to provide an anonymous survey response through an automated telephone service, a secure online form or by contacting an ABS Customer Assistance Team. Requests for a Secure Access Code also close on 20 October," he said.
Survey forms must be received at the ABS by 6pm (local time) on November 7 2017 to be included in the count.
Survey results will be published on 15 November 2017.
More information on the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey is available at www.marriagesurvey.abs.gov.au
Monday 5.00pm: LET us know what you think on the issue of same sex marriage in our poll (below).
To date, 170 people have voted and opinions are divided, with 54% supporting a change to same-sex marriage laws.
The poll closes on Friday, so have your say now.
More importantly, don't forget to get your official voting papers in the mail today.
You have four weeks to get your vote in and counted.
Saturday 7am: YOU now have less than a month to get your vote in for the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey.
You should have received your voting form by now. If you haven't, there is still time.
To request a form, call the information line on 1800 572 113 or go online.
It is easy to vote, there is only one question - "Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?"
October 20 - Last date or request new voting forms
October 27 - Postal votes should be mailed to ensure they arrive in time
November 7 - Cut off date for voting, votes must be received by 6pm or they will not be counted
November 15 - Results will be published on the Australian Bureau of Statistics website on November 15.
Have your say in our survey:
Should same-sex couples be allowed to get married?
This poll ended on 13 October 2017.
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.