Postal Survey on Marriage Equality

Following an unsuccessful attempt to gain information from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, BCA has today directed an open letter to Senator Mathias Cormann, Minister for Finance, and several other Australian Government Ministers.

This letter, which you can download here, seeks to clarify arrangements regarding the participation of people who are blind or vision impaired in the forthcoming postal survey, regarding changes to the Marriage Law. 

We will keep you advised of the outcomes of this enquiry. 

As many will know, this matter is being managed as a confidential survey of opinion, to be undertaken by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). In general, survey forms will be distributed by post to all those on the Australian Electoral Roll.   

It is worth noting that the ABS Website includes the following statement about inclusion in the survey process:

“Special Strategies to support participation
Arrangements will be put in place to allow eli
gible Australians living in remote areas, those living overseas, those located in the Antarctic, Government personnel on overseas deployment, those unable to self-complete a paper form, or those without access to mail to have an opportunity to participate in the survey.
Further details of these processes will be released on the ABS website (www.abs.gov.au
) as soon as they are finalised.”

I draw your attention to the phrase “those unable to self-complete a paper form” which hopefully includes people who are blind or vision impaired. 

While we are confident that the ABS is aware of our needs, the level of their response may depend on demonstrated demand. For this reason it will help the outcome if BCA members and others with an interest in this matter make enquiries about access to the ABS “Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey Information Line” on 1800 572 113. 

Please note, as this is an “open letter” please feel free to distribute it to your networks.