Under section 34AAB of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901, I have authorised the Finance Minister to act on my behalf with respect to the Australian Bureau of Statistics collecting statistical information related to same sex marriage, that I may perform or exercise under the Census and Statistics Act 1905 and the Australian Bureau of Statistics Act 1975.

This authorisation will end upon the collection and publishing of the statistical information covered by my direction to the Australian Statistician of 9 August 2017.