How to vote in the survey overseas

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AUSTRALIANS who are overseas during the gay marriage postal survey will be able to vote online or by nominating someone

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Australians overseas will still get to vote in the gay marriage survey.

AUSTRALIANS who are overseas during the gay marriage postal survey will be able to vote online or by nominating someone to vote on their behalf.

The voluntary survey gives all Australians the option to vote “yes” or “no” to the question “Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?”

While Australians overseas will not be posted a survey form like everyone else at home, the Australian Bureau of Statistics has provided a handful of ways to ensure expats’ voices are heard.

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Aussies living, working or travelling overseas won’t miss out on voting in the gay marriage survey. Picture: AAP Image/Lukas Coch Source: AAP


Australians overseas will have the ability to vote via phone or online, a service that is also open to people will an illness or disability.

Voters who have nominated an overseas postal address on the electoral roll will be sent a letter that includes a unique 16-digit code.

Those who haven’t updated their address can also request a code from the

ABS online

between September 25 and October 20.

The codes can be used to vote online or by phone from September 25.


People who are overseas also have the option of authorising a trusted person to vote on their behalf, such as a family member or friend.

If you still have an Australian address on the electoral role and your trusted person has access to your postal survey letter, they can open it, complete it based on your wishes and return it without notifying the ABS.

However, you will need to fill out an

online form

to ensure that your survey reaches your trusted person if they live at a different address.

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This is what the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey form looks like. Picture: AAP Image/Australian Government Source: AAP


If you don’t live overseas and are out of the country for a holiday or business temporarily, it’s likely you can complete the survey before you leave or after you return.

All of the forms will be posted out by September 25 but don’t need to be received by the ABS until 6pm Australian time on November 7.

If that doesn’t time out for you, use one of the options above.

If you’re still unsure, call the ABS on +61 2 6252 5262 or visit

its website


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