How Australians overseas can “vote YES” for marriage equality

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As most Australians would be aware, a survey is taking place which may pave the way for marriage equality to finally exist in Australia. Adult Australian citizens are able to indicate their support (or otherwise) for marriage equality through the surveying process. Survey participants can choose, by replying either “YES” or “No” in response to the question; “Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?”. Should the “YES” responses outnumber the “NO” responses, marriage equality being passed into Australian law will become more likely. Participating in the survey is voluntary, however, should more “YES” responses be received than “NO” responses, there is no obligation on the Australian parliament to change the marriage laws from their existing discriminatory form. The cost of the non-binding survey to the Australian taxpayer will be about $122 million Australian dollars.

Eligible survey participants who are outside of Australia can participate in the survey, and here’s how, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics website ( at 17 September 2017:

How you can participate in the survey if you are overseas

Australians overseas have multiple options to participate in the survey.

Are you temporarily overseas during the survey period?

If you are temporarily overseas, you may be able to complete your survey form before you leave or after you return.

Survey forms will be delivered to your nominated Australian address by 25 September 2017, including for people that have notified the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) that they will be temporarily overseas.

Completed forms need to be received at the ABS by 6pm (local time) on the 7 November 2017.

If you have an overseas address

If you have nominated an overseas postal address on the Commonwealth Electoral Roll, you will be sent a letter including a unique 16-digit Secure Access Code. You can use this code to submit your response online or by phone from 25 September 2017.

Paper survey forms will not be mailed overseas for this survey.

Nominate a trusted person to respond on your behalf

If you are overseas for the entire period, you can ask a trusted person to receive your form on your behalf, open it, complete it based on your instruction and return it to the ABS.

Online or telephone response

You will be able to request a Secure Access Code from the ABS through the Information Line or the online enquiry form, between 25 September and 20 October 2017 to complete the survey online, by using the automated telephone service or ABS Customer Assistance Team.

Australians on deployment in the Antarctic or with the Defence Force will receive advice via their employers on how to participate in the survey.

Fact Sheet

Australians Overseas Fact Sheet


League Cultural Diplomacy supports human rights equality and would urge all eligible participants to “vote YES” for marriage equality.