Australian Embassy
Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein

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Voluntary postal plebiscite on same-sex marriage

The Australian Government will proceed with the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey of all Australians on the Commonwealth Electoral Roll. Instructions on survey participation will be published on the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS):

Australians must have been correctly enrolled with the Australian Electoral Commission before 24 August 2017 to participate.  To check your current electoral enrolment:

There are multiple options for participation in the survey for eligible Australians that are overseas. Paper forms will not be posted overseas for this survey.

Australians who are temporarily overseas may be able to complete their survey form before they leave or after they return. Survey forms will be delivered by 25 September and need to be received at the ABS by the 7 November deadline. The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is urging eligible Australians who haven't yet done so to complete and return their Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey by 27 October to ensure that they get through the postal system and arrive in time for processing.

Eligible Australians that are overseas for this entire period could ask a trusted person to receive their form on their behalf, open it, complete it based on their instruction and return it to the ABS.

If neither of the above options are possible, the eligible Australian overseas will be able to request a Secure Access Code from the ABS through the Information Line or the ABS website from 25 September to 20 October 2017 and complete the survey online, via the automated telephony service or via a call centre.

If you have any questions regarding this, please contact the ABS directly: +61 2 6252 52 62. Charges apply.

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Contact details

Australische Botschaft
Wallstraße 76-79
10179 Berlin

Öffnungszeiten: Mo-Do 8.30-17.00 Uhr, Fr 8.30-16.15 Uhr

Australisches Generalkonsulat
Main Tower, 28. Etage
Neue Mainzer Str. 52-58
60311 Frankfurt
Tel: +49-69-90558-0

Öffnungszeiten: Mo-Do 9.00-16.30 Uhr, Fr 9.00-16.00 Uhr



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We encourage use of this online registration service by Australians planning to reside overseas for extended periods, and those travelling to locations where there are security risks.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has released its first State of Play report providing a great level of detail on consular statistics, particular case types and trends in the consular case load.

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There are strict quarantine regulations for taking any food, plant material or animal products into Australia.

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