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On 9 August 2017, the Treasurer directed the Australian Statistician to undertake the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey (AMLPS) to determine Australian’s views on whether or not the law should be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry.


The conducting of the survey was a large logistical exercise including IT operations, electoral roll updating, survey design, response collection, high volume printing, mail dispatch, return and scanning, community engagement, stakeholder engagement, advertising, communication and media inquiry handling, public engagement and service delivery, identity verification, fraud management, statistics production and publication, physical and data security.

Deputy Australian Statistician Jonathan Palmer and The Australian Statistician David W. Kalisch

The survey incorporated the largest single mail-out that Australia has ever undertaken, with approximately 29 million items handled by Australia Post. It involved a collaborative, whole of government approach involving 27 departments and agencies.

The entire process was completed in 99 days.

Our role

The Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey

Missing Bits Productions were asked to document the process. This included behind the scenes footage of the taskforce at work as well as interviews with the leads of the various streams.

Footage and interviews were also required from external stakeholders including other government departments and Australia Post.


The Australian Marriage Law Survey - Agile approach and key learnings

5 videos were produced from the collected footage covering different topics concerning the AMLPS.

Behind the Scenes of the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey