Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey – SMS FAQ

Updated: 26 September 2017

I received an unsolicited text message about the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey

Section 6 of the Marriage Law Survey (Additional Safeguards) Act 2017 (Safeguards Act) recognises that communication can be made by text. Section 6(5)(c) of the Safeguards Act requires that such texts need not include the full authorisation details to enable the sender to be identified but must include a URL link to a website where those details can be accessed.

The AEC does not provide telephone numbers in its possession to any third party. Any enquiry related to privacy of such communication should therefore not be directed to the AEC.

The AEC has responsibility under the Marriage Law Survey (Additional Safeguards) Act 2017 for enquiries or complaints only relating to possible:

  • breaches of authorisation requirements for survey communication (with the exception of radio and television)
  • bribery of people responding to the marriage law survey
  • threats to people responding to the marriage law survey
  • misleading material about how to complete the marriage law survey.

Only enquiries related to these matters should be directed to the AEC via the AEC feedback form. Further information about the safeguards, including FAQs, are available on the ABS website. The Australian Communications and Media Authority also has further information on Unsolicited Communications concerning the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey.