The Australian Bureau of Statistics has warned that any mail tampering will be taken seriously, following media reports that people are opening the mail of previous tenants and completing their forms.
A representative from the ABS has confirmed that there are measures in place to make sure that duplicated forms do not skew the vote.
“If you receive a survey form not addressed to you, do the right thing and just return it to sender. It’s illegal to open others’ mail, unless you have their express permission as a trusted person,” he said.
“When a replacement form is issued, the previous form will be invalidated and if it has been received its response will not be counted.
“Stealing or tampering with mail is a criminal offence that carries serious penalties."