Have your say on same sex marriage

A message from Professor Margaret Gardner AO, President and Vice-Chancellor

As you are probably aware, the Government has announced it will hold a postal survey on Australian marriage law. You may have heard this referred to as the ‘same-sex marriage postal vote’.

Unlike federal and state elections, voting in the postal survey is not compulsory. However, I urge each of you who is eligible to vote to do so.

To have your say on marriage equality, your details must be listed correctly on the Australian electoral roll by no later than Thursday, 24 August.

Enrolling to vote is also required under Commonwealth Law.

To enrol to vote, you must be an Australian citizen who turns 18 before 24 August. This is particularly important for students who have turned 18 in the past year and have not yet enrolled. Some British subjects may also be eligible to vote.

Are you already enrolled to vote? Check your enrolment details are up to date and your postal address is correct. If you have recently moved or your details have changed, you can update your enrolment online.

If you are not enrolled, you can do so on the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) website. You will need to meet the conditions listed and provide proof of identity.

The AEC has more information about enrolments on its website. The Australian Bureau of Statistics is conducting the survey and can also be contacted for information.

The Australian Marriage Law Survey Form will be sent to all voters listed on the electoral roll on 12 September. Voters will have until 27 October to return their vote.

If you need help or support from student services in the course of the public discussion in coming weeks and months, I encourage you to contact Monash University’s Counselling Services.


Professor Margaret Gardner AO
President and Vice-Chancellor