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The Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey is being conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

For more information visit the ABS website, email the ABS or call 1800 572 113 (from 8am to 8pm local time seven days a week).

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Eligibility of election candidates

There has recently been a range of public commentary regarding the eligibility of federal parliamentarians. For matters that have been referred to the High Court, the AEC will follow the orders of the court as required.

The AEC has no role in determining candidate eligibility, either at the time of the election or afterwards. All candidates for a federal election are required to legally declare that they are eligible to stand at the time of nomination.

FAQ: Why doesn’t the AEC check the eligibility of all candidates at an election?

Amended electoral authorisation requirements

The Electoral and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 passed the Parliament on 11 September. The Bill extends the application of electoral advertising authorisation requirements to modern communication channels and an increased range of advertising and communication sources as well as replacing the current criminal non-compliance regime with a civil penalty regime. Read More (+)

In addition, the Bill harmonises authorisation requirements across broadcasting, electoral, and referendum legislation. The legislation will come into effect 6 months after it receives Royal Assent in order to give the AEC time to implement the new measures including education and consultation with stakeholders.

This Bill is separate to the Marriage Law Survey (Additional Safeguards) Act 2017. Read Less (-)

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Local elections

State and local elections are not run by AEC. If you have an enquiry or didn't vote in a state or local election, please contact your state electoral authority.

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