The results of the marriage equality postal survey will be announced on 15 November 2017.
This fact sheet, which was compiled prior to results being known, provides information about the survey and resources for students.
Survey results information
- Survey results will be released on Wednesday 15 November 2017. It’s expected they will be announced at a press conference in Canberra at 10am.
- Results will be reported by electorate, by state or territory and nationally. There will also be a breakdown by age and gender.
- In order for ‘Yes’ to win, 50% + 1 of registered voters will need to vote ‘Yes’. Referendum rules (i.e. a majority of states/territories as well as a majority of the population) do not apply.
- In the event of a ‘Yes’ win, the government will allow a free vote in parliament on a bill to legalise same-sex marriage.
- There is no indication yet as to the time frames within which this free vote will happen.
For all your survey information needs, go to http://go.unimelb.edu.au/i586 for an incredibly detailed FAQ by BuzzfeedOz.
LGBTIQ+ Safe Spaces
If you are LGBTIQ+ and are looking for a safe space around the time of survey results, you can go to the following places:
- GSA! We will be converting the Sun Room in the 1888 Building in to an LGBTIQ+ safe space on 15 November. The space will be staffed by members of GSA Council, including our LGBTIQ+ Officers, from 11am–5pm.
- Drummond St Queer Space. This space is close to the Parkville campus. You can find more information at http://go.unimelb.edu.au/q586
- The UMSU Queer Space. You can find this on Level 3 of Union House (Parkville Campus). You can find more information at http://go.unimelb.edu.au/3586
Mental Health Support
Campaigning has been tough on everyone. If you need some help or support, here are a few of the places you can look:
- QLife: counselling for LGBTIQ+ people. http://go.unimelb.edu.au/k586
- Beyond Blue: free phone and online chat support, and resources to support a variety of mental health issues. http://go.unimelb.edu.au/9586 or 1800 22 4636
- GP Mental Health Care Plans: if you’re a domestic student or have a Medicare card, you should be eligible for a Mental Health Care Plan from your GP. Find out more: http://go.unimelb.edu.au/r2j6
- International student health cover: if you’re enrolled in the University’s selected Overseas Student Health Cover, you should be eligible for mental health support. Find out more: http://go.unimelb.edu.au/i2j6
- Counselling and Psychological Support at the University: any enrolled student can book an appointment for individual counselling. http://go.unimelb.edu.au/c57n
And here is a list of free mental health resources for graduate students: http://go.unimelb.edu.au/py66
If you’re looking to celebrate the great work of the Yes campaign, regardless of result, here are some places you can do that:
- Results Rally: State Library of Victoria, 10am, 15 November. http://go.unimelb.edu.au/nu86
- Results Street Party: Trades Hall, 5:30pm, 15 November. http://go.unimelb.edu.au/au86
- Results Day Picnic: Alexandra Gardens, 10am, 15 November. http://go.unimelb.edu.au/6u86
Harassment and discrimination
Any students who have experienced discrimination, sexual harassment or bullying can seek support and advice from the University’s Safer Community Program.
Contact the Safer Community Program at: firstname.lastname@example.org or: 9035 8675.
If at any time you are concerned about your safety, or the safety of others on campus, you should always contact University Security on 8344 6666.
Amy Claire Thompson
Amy is Communications Manager at The University of Melbourne Graduate Student Association.