Last days to get a Marriage Law Postal Survey (Media Release)

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19 October 2017
Embargo: 11:30 am (Canberra Time)
Last days to get a Marriage Law Postal Survey

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is urging Australians who haven’t received a survey form and want to participate in the Marriage Law Postal Survey to act immediately to obtain a form.

ABS Deputy Statistician and Taskforce Lead, Jonathan Palmer, said the deadline of 20 October to get a form was fast approaching.

“You don’t have much time. You must request a survey form by 6pm local time on Friday 20 October or you’ll miss out on the opportunity to have your say.

“So if you haven’t received your survey form because it’s been lost, damaged or hasn’t arrived, you’ve only got today and tomorrow until 6pm to get one.

“The quickest and easiest way to get a survey form is to use the ABS website’s online enquiry form.

“You will be asked to supply personal information, such as a driver’s licence or Australian passport, so the ABS can verify your identity, send you a new survey form and invalidate any previous forms so only one response counts,” Mr Palmer said.

Other options to get a survey form by tomorrow’s deadline are:

    • To call the Information Line on 1800 572 113
    • To visit a capital city or regional pick-up location and collect a survey form after your identity is verified
    • A paperless option, using a Secure Access Code, for people who are travelling, living in an aged care facility or those with an illness, injury or disability so that they can respond online or by phone. Secure Access Codes can be obtained through the online enquiry form on the ABS website or by calling the Information Line.
“Once you receive your form, please complete it and send it back straight away to make sure it counts in the survey, which closes on 7 November.”

As of Friday, 13 October 2017, the ABS estimates it has received 10.8 million (67.5 per cent) of survey forms.