Results released Wednesday revealed 61% of the population voted to allow same-sex marriage, 38% voted against.
The federal parliamentary debate to legalise same-sex marriage could begin as early as Thursday if the "yes" vote prevails in the postal survey.
On Wednesday next week we get to find out if Australians want their neighbours to have the same right to marry their loved ones as everyone else.
Australia Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said it had been an "overwhelming" response in favor of "yes" and called for same-sex marriage to be legalized before Christmas.
Australians have voted in favour of legalising same-sex marriage in a historic non-binding poll. As many comparable countries such as the USA and Britain allowed or legislated for same-sex marriage, Australia looked increasingly out of step.
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Almost 80 per cent of eligible Australians took part in the voluntary poll, a return rate that compares more than favorably with the 91 per cent who voted at the compulsory 2016 federal election.
Turnbull has long supported same-sex marriage, but his political fortunes are tied to right-wing members of his conservative governing coalition, many of whom are dead-set against it. The "yes" result of the $122 million survey now empowers Turnbull to push a marriage-equality law through parliament, perhaps by year's end.
There are now two prominent proposals for marriage equality that parliament could take up.
"I've never believed that allowing same-sex couples to marry needs to come at the expense of the freedoms of other Australians".
Alex Greenwich, from the Equality Campaign who backed a Yes vote, said: "Our campaign has worked hard to bring Australians together and achieving marriage equality will be a unifying moment for our nation as we include everyone in our marriage laws".