Australians Overseas May Vote If Registered With Overseas Address or Have ‘Trusted Person’

If you are an Australian living abroad, for instance in Ireland, but have registered an overseas address with the Electoral Roll, or can nominate a trusted person to vote on your behalf, or get a secure access code from the ABS, you will still be able to vote in the Australian marriage equality plebiscite, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.  See details below:

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

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