Australia votes yes for same-sex marriage

Australia has learnt whether the public supports same-sex marriage, after results came back from their non-binding vote.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reported the count on Wednesday at midday (NZ time).

More than 16 million surveys were sent out across Australia by the ABS, allowing people to have their say in the postal plebiscite. Around three-quarters of the electorate - more than 12.6 million people - took part.

It was a controversial process, with accusations of ballot-stuffing, homophobic slurs and violence against MPs.

Ultimately, the vote was a victory for the yes campaign.

Please read the live updates to see the reaction as the results were announced.

12:25pm - Malcolm Turnbull addresses Australia

The Prime Minister says the people have "voted yes for fairness, they voted yes for commitment, they voted yes for love".

"We asked the Australian public for their view. This was an unprecedented exercise in democracy. A voluntary survey in which 80 percent participated and 61.6 percent have said yes," he says.

"That is an overwhelming participation rate and an overwhelming yes vote. I know many people - a minority obviously - voted no. But we are a fair nation. There is nothing more Australian than a fair go... equality and mutual respect, and everyone has had their say."

12:20pm - Prime Minister's electorate result announced

Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott's electorate of Warringah voted 75 percent yes in favour.

Current Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's electorate of Wentworth voted 80 percent in favour.

12:15pm - ABS releases state and territory breakdown

12:13pm - Yes supporters break out in celebration

Jubilant same-sex marriage supporters are celebrating their victory. Large dance parties have broken out in the streets of Australia's major cities, while onlookers cheer and wave rainbow flags.

12:08pm - Voting breakdown revealed

The breakdown of the vote has been revealed by the ABS. 79.5 percent of people voted, with all age groups' participation rates above 70 percent.

The ABS says 7,817,247 people voted yes - a clear majority over the 4,873,987 who voted no.

12:05pm - Result announced

The result has been announced - and it's a resounding yes.

12:00pm - Crowds wait anxiously

With only minutes to go, crowds of supporters are waiting anxiously for the result.

11:55am - Yes supporters rally

Victoria's commissioner for gender and sexuality Rowena Allen has addressed a yes rally in Melbourne.

"This campaign has been extremely hard on us. Don't underestimate that. We see you rainbow families," she said.

"We support you, we are stronger when we stand together and we will leave no one behind. I want us to hold hands or link arms now. We are stronger together. Look at us Australia. We stand united."

11:50am - Supporters gather

Groups of same sex marriage supporters are gathering across Australia as they wait on the result of the vote.