FACT SHEET: OPTIONS FOR AUSTRALIANS OVERSEAS WHO WISH TO PARTICIPATE IN THE AUSTRALIAN MARRIAGE LAW SURVEY
The Australian Bureau of Statistics has now released a fact sheet (attached) that outlines the options available to Australian nationals overseas who wish participate in the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey. The fact sheet is available from the ABS.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics has revised its website for the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey to marriagesurvey.abs.gov.au
MARRIAGE LAW POSTAL SURVEY 2017
To ensure everyone who is eligible receives a survey form, the ABS urges Australians to enrol or check their details by visiting the AEC website. The roll closes for enrolment on 24 August. Update your electoral roll details at www.aec.gov.au (or get a form from an AEC office or Post Office) to participate in the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey.
· The Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey information line is 1800 572 113, if you are calling from overseas and cannot access this line, please dial +61 2 6252 5262. Open 7 days a week from 8am to 8pm (local time).
· This survey is voluntary and there are no penalties for not participating.
· Responses are kept secret. ABS will keep the identity of all respondents separate from their survey responses at all times. The barcode on the survey form will be used for “mark-in” purposes only and is a single-use, anonymous, code. No person who sees or has any access to any completed forms will know both the name of eligible Australians and the related single-use code.
· The ABS will destroy all information collected after the survey results are published.
· Australians who are enrolled on the Electoral Roll and eligible to participate in a Federal Election, will be included in the Survey. People who become eligible for enrolment after August 24, for example those who turn 18 after 24 August, will not be included in the survey.
· Silent Electors will be sent their survey forms by the AEC. The ABS will, at no time, know the address of silent electors.
· Thursday, 24 August 2017 - Electoral Roll closes for new enrolments or changes to enrolments (midnight local time).
· From Tuesday, 12 September 2017 - Commencement of mailing of forms and collection period with a strong message to "have your say, complete and return it today".
· Wednesday, 11 October 2017 – Requests for replacement material closes (6pm local time).
· Friday, 27 October 2017 – The date the ABS is strongly encouraging all eligible Australians to ensure the ABS address has received their forms by.
· Tuesday, 7 November (6pm EST) – No responses received after this date will be processed.
· Wednesday, 15 November 2017 – Statistics and integrity report released.
Special strategies to support participation
Arrangements will be put in place to allow eligible Australians living in remote areas, those living overseas, those located in the Antarctic, Government personnel on overseas deployment, those unable to self-complete a paper form, or those without access to mail to have an opportunity to participate in the survey. You can find more information on these arrangements HERE.
Where to find further information
Further details on the process and overview of the survey can be found on the on the ABS website: Process for Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey. This information will be updated as needed. It can also be accessed through the ABS website homepage or this ABS Media Release.