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Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey

The Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey is being conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

For more information visit the ABS website, email the ABS or call 1800 572 113 (from 8am to 8pm local time seven days a week).

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Electoral Roll for Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey

The AEC provided the electoral roll to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) for the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey at the close of rolls on 24 August 2017. The data provided to the ABS included the enrolled and postal addresses available on the electoral roll at that point of time, except for silent electors whose information is protected by legislation.

The AEC is aware of reports of surveys being delivered to an address for electors no longer residing at that address. The electoral roll is dynamic and constantly changing, with many thousands of Australians moving every week. While the AEC conducts ongoing activities to assist electors to correctly maintain their enrolment, where electors have not maintained their address in a timely fashion their survey may be sent to their old address. It remains the responsibility of every eligible elector to maintain their enrolment for their current address. Read More (+)

If electors have moved, but remain on the electoral roll at a former address, they can contact the ABS hotline on 1800 572 113 to have a Marriage Survey sent to another address. There are further ABS arrangements for enrolled overseas electors.

If you receive a survey pack for someone who no longer lives at your address, you should mark the envelope "Return to Sender" and post to your nearest Post Office or Post Box.

You can check your current enrolment details at: or contact the AEC on 13 23 26 with questions about your enrolment. Read Less (-)

Eligibility of election candidates

There has recently been a range of public commentary regarding the eligibility of federal parliamentarians. Should any matter that results in a vacancy be referred to the High Court, as has been speculated, the AEC will follow the orders of the court as required. Read More (+)

The AEC has no role in determining candidate eligibility, either at the time of the election or afterwards. All candidates for a federal election are required to legally declare that they are eligible to stand at the time of nomination.

FAQ: Why doesn’t the AEC check the eligibility of all candidates at an election? Read Less (-)

Amended electoral authorisation requirements

The Electoral and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 passed the Parliament on 11 September. The Bill extends the application of electoral advertising authorisation requirements to modern communication channels and an increased range of advertising and communication sources as well as replacing the current criminal non-compliance regime with a civil penalty regime. Read More (+)

In addition, the Bill harmonises authorisation requirements across broadcasting, electoral, and referendum legislation. The legislation will come into effect 6 months after it receives Royal Assent in order to give the AEC time to implement the new measures including education and consultation with stakeholders.

This Bill is separate to the Marriage Law Survey (Additional Safeguards) Act 2017. Read Less (-)

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