When is the vote?
Ballot papers will be mailed from September 12, and you’ll have until November 7, 2017 to mail your postal vote back to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), which is conducting the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey.
What if I’m travelling or living overseas during the vote?
If you are travelling overseas for a holiday or just a short trip and plan to return to your usual address in Australia, you’ll need to submit an overseas notification form on the AEC website. If you live overseas and are registered as an overseas elector, the ABS will post your ballot to you so you can still have your say.
What happens next?
The final result from the postal vote is expected by November 15, 2017. If it’s a ‘yes’ vote, a private member’s bill (or a proposed amendment to the law) will be introduced to the house in the final sitting fortnight of 2017 (the last week of November and the first week of December). Members of Parliament will be allowed a free vote, and the same-sex marriage plebiscite would be passed for amendments to the current marriage act. If it's a ‘no’ vote, then no bill will proceed.