More than 9 million Australians have already had their say on same-sex marriage, with five weeks to go until the postal survey wraps up.
The Bureau of Statistics, in the first of its weekly updates, says it’s received 57.5 per cent of the ballot papers.
That leaves more than 6 million eligible voters yet to take part in the survey.
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Today’s estimate is based on the bulk containers of returned forms and not a count of individual forms.
ABS Deputy Statistician Jonathan Palmer said weekly updates will be provided until the survey closes on 7 November 2017.
Final figures will be available when all processing is completed and survey results are released on 15 November 2017.
“We hope that this update will serve as a reminder to those who have not submitted their form to do so promptly” he said.
“If you haven’t received your form, or your form is lost or damaged, please contact us via our website and we will send you a new one.
“If you can’t access the internet, call the Information Line on 1800 572 113 (open 8am to 8pm local time seven days a week) or visit a capital city or regional form pick-up location.”
Requests for new survey forms will close 6pm (local time) on Friday, 20 October.