Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey
The Australian Government has directed the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) to undertake a survey to collect the views of eligible Australians on whether the law should be changed to allow same sex couples to marry. The ABS will undertake the statistical collection under the authority of the Census and Statistics Act 1905.
The electoral roll closed for enrolment on 24 August.
Mailout of Survey Forms
An Australian Marriage Law Survey Form will be sent by post to every eligible Australian. It will be sent to the address on the Commonwealth Electoral Roll.
Survey forms will be mailed as soon as practical over a two week period from 12 September.
The package containing the survey form will include a reply paid envelope and instructions on how to complete the survey form.
Eligible Australians who will not be at their enrolled address during the mailout period should arrange to have their mail forwarded or can contact the Australian Marriage Law Survey Information Line to arrange for a survey form to be dispatched to their nominated address. The Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey information line can be contacted here and at 1800 572 113. If you are calling from overseas and cannot access this line, please dial +61 2 6252 5262. The line is open 7 days a week from 8am to 8pm (local time in Australia).
Further details on the process and overview of the survey can be found on the ABS website: Process for Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey.
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For Australian citizens calling from within Austria only: 0800 29 18 47
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The Australian Embassy provides the following notarial services:
- Witnessing of Signatures
- Certifying copy of a document
- Certificate of Non-Impediment to Marriage
- Witnessing of Signatures on Driving Licence Kits
- Legalisation of signatures and/or seals on Australian public documents (apostilles and authentications)
Please bring your valid passport or ID card and the original documents to the appointment.
Passport application interviews and notarial services at the Embassy in Vienna are offered by appointment only.
Changes due to passport legislation:
Due to recent changes in passport legislation, the following important changes to Australian passport arrangements will be introduced on 1 January 2016:
- lost and stolen passport fees will be abolished from 1 January 2016
- there will be a discrete application fee for emergency passports
- increased passport fees will apply as of 1 January 2016
- 16 and 17 year old applicants will be issued with ten-year validity passports from 1 January 2016 and must be accompanied by a person with parental responsibility when lodging their passport application
Please note that children and persons aged 75 years and over are no longer eligible for frequent traveller passports. This regulation is already in effect.
Payment for services
Current fees for passport and notarial services are shown in our online appointment system.
Payment can be made in Euros in person at the Embassy. We also accept bank and credit cards (VISA and Mastercard). Alternatively, payment can be transferred into the following bank account:
UniCredit Bank Austria
Jaquingasse 1/Rennweg 20
Bank/swift code: BKAUATWW
IBAN: AT53 1100 0096 5404 3000
Id code: 12000
Account number: 09654043000
Australian Embassy, Official Account
Please ensure that money transferred from other countries is NOT subject to bank charges in Austria.
A copy of the pay form or transfer slip must be enclosed with the application.