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2017 Bennelong by-election

A by-election for the federal electoral Division of Bennelong in New South Wales will be held on Saturday 16 December 2017.

You can check if you are enrolled in the Division of Bennelong, enrol or update your enrolment details at www.aec.gov.au/enrol. The deadline to enrol is 8pm AEDT Monday 20 November 2017.

In-person voting will not be available outside of Australia for this by-election. If you will be overseas on by-election day, you can apply for a postal vote or you can vote in person in Australia before you go.

You can apply for a postal vote by completing a ‘Postal Vote Application’ on the AEC website. You should ensure that you apply for a postal vote as soon as possible to allow enough time for the ballot papers to reach you overseas before by-election day.

For more information, visit the AEC website at www.aec.gov.au/Bennelong or contact the AEC via email (info@aec.gov.au) or telephone +61 2 6113 4777 or +61 2 6160 2600.

 

2017 New England by-election

A by-election for the federal electoral Division of New England in New South Wales will be held on Saturday 2 December 2017.

You can check if you are enrolled in the Division of New England, enrol or update your enrolment details at www.aec.gov.au/enrol. The deadline to enrol is 8pm AEDT Friday 3 November 2017.

In-person voting will not be available outside of Australia for this by-election. If you will be overseas on by-election day, you can apply for a postal vote or you can vote in person in Australia before you go.

You can apply for a postal vote by completing a ‘Postal Vote Application’ on the AEC website. You should ensure that you apply for a postal vote as soon as possible to allow enough time for the ballot papers to reach you overseas before by-election day.

For more information, visit the AEC website at www.aec.gov.au/new-england or contact the AEC via email (info@aec.gov.au) or telephone +61 2 6113 4777 or +61 2 6160 2600.

 

Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey

The Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey closed on Tuesday, 7 November 2017.

Survey results will be published on 15 November 2017. For more information please visit https://marriagesurvey.abs.gov.au/

 

Notarial service fees to increase from 1 January 2017

Tuesday 6 December - Notarial service fees will increase from 1 January 2017, following a recommendation from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's Functional and Efficiency Review.

Notarial service fees have not increased in 16 years. 

The new fee schedule takes into account the annual rate of inflation in Australia since fees were last increased, the growing cost of delivering notarial services and rising demand.  The new fee schedule (attached) aligns with notarial service fees charged by commercial providers.

From 2018 onwards, notarial service fees will increase annually in line with the Consumer Price Index published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

For some services there are free alternatives available to clients, such as witnessing of documents by medical practitioners or police officers.

Notarial service fees from 1 January 2017 ($AUD)