Electoral Newsfile 95: 2000 Redistribution of Federal Electoral Boundaries - Final Boundaries for Western Australia

Updated: 5 December 2007

The new boundaries and names for the 15 Federal Electoral Divisions in Western Australia have been finalised by the augmented Electoral Commission for Western Australia. The determination of boundaries and names was gazetted on 20 November 2000. Further information regarding the redistribution of Western Australia was included in Electoral Newsfile numbers 88 and 94.

Redistribution Process

On 23 December 1999, the Australian Electoral Commission directed the commencement of a Redistribution of electoral boundaries in Western Australia. This followed a determination by the Electoral Commissioner of an increased entitlement to representation in the House of Representatives for Western Australia because of population changes. Western Australia will elect 15 members to the House of Representatives at the next election. The redistribution process was outlined in Electoral Newsfile No. 88.

Following a public consultation process, the Redistribution Committee for Western Australia published its proposal for the names and boundaries of the 15 Federal Electoral Divisions on 26 May 2000. The Redistribution Committee's proposal was outlined in Electoral Newsfile No. 94.

The augmented Electoral Commission held a public inquiry into four objections to the proposed redistribution, and on 14 August announced its decision on the new boundaries and names for Western Australia.

Names of Divisions

The final determination has resulted in the names of 14 of the 15 Divisions being retained as they are readily identified with the existing Divisions. The Redistribution Committee's proposal to name the new (15th) division Hasluck, to recognise the service rendered to Australia by Sir Paul Meernaa Caedwalla Hasluck and Dame Alexandra Margaret Martin Hasluck, was adopted by the augmented Electoral Commission.

Conclusion of redistribution process

The augmented Electoral Commission substantially adopted the Redistribution Committee's proposal, except for minor changes to adjust the boundaries between the Divisions of Pearce and Hasluck, and to unite Beechboro in the Division of Perth. Outline maps of the final boundaries are included in this Newsfile.

Copies can be obtained from the Australian Electoral Commission State Head Office in Burswood WA, or from Central Office in Canberra. Contact details are shown below.

Previous Western Australian redistributions

Western Australia was last redistributed in 1997 (commenced in 1996), as 7 years had elapsed since the previous redistribution in 1989.

What is a redistribution?

A redistribution is a redrawing of electoral boundaries to ensure that, as nearly as is practicable, there are the same number of electors in each Division within a State or Territory.

A quota is used to determine the number of Divisions to which each State and Territory is entitled. At the time of a redistribution, the number of people enrolled in each new electoral Division may not vary from the State average by more than 10%. The boundaries are drawn so that after 3.5 years (31 March 2004 in Western Australia), the projected number of people enrolled in each Division should not vary from the State average by more than 3.5 percent.

SUMMARY OF MOVEMENT OF ELECTORS BETWEEN DIVISIONS
Number of Electors remaining in their existing Division 995 167 84.05%
Number of Electors transferred to another Division 188 891 15.95%
TOTAL 1 184 058  
DETERMINATION OF QUOTA AT 23 DECEMBER 1999
Number of Divisions into which WA is to be redistributed 15
Number of Electors in WA as at 23/12/1999 1 184 058
Quota for WA 78 937
Permissible maximum number of electors (+10%) in a Division 86 830
Permissible minimum number of electors ( -10%) in a Division 71 044
ENROLMENT PROJECTIONS FOR 31 MARCH 2004
Projected number of electors in WA as at 31/03/2004 1 311 002
Average projected enrolment for 15 Divisions at 31/03/2004 87 400
*103.5% of average enrolment projected at 31/03/2004 90 459
*96.5% of average enrolment projected at 31/03/2004 84 341
*At the mid-point of the expected life of the redistribution, the number of people enrolled in each Division should be within plus or minus 3.5% of the projected average enrolment.
STATISTICAL SUMMARY OF THE PROPOSED DIVISIONS
  Division No. of electors Variation from Quota(%) Projectednumber of electors Variation from average Divisional enrolment % Area(square kilometres)
1 Brand 74 528 -5.59 88 665 1.45 429.51
2 Canning 72 045 -8.73 86 896 -0.58 4 174.42
3 Cowan 77 235 -2.16 88 638 1.42 195.28
4 Curtin 83 424 5.68 85 898 -1.72 89.48
5 Forrest 79 009 0.09 90 070 3.05 21 142.62
6 Fremantle 78 079 -1.09 86 479 -1.05 199.33
7 Hasluck 78 596 -0.43 86 772 -0.72 226.99
8 Kalgoorlie 82 701 4.77 89 775 2.72 2 295 354.21
9 Moore 72 538 -8.11 84 988 -2.76 78.49
10 O'Connor 82 894 5.01 86 790 -0.7 179 047
11 Pearce 73 868 -6.42 87 148 -0.29 26 251.14
12 Perth 81 391 3.11 87 859 0.53 73.59
13 Stirling 86 076 9.04 88 758 1.55 76.33
14 Swan 78 145 -1.00 84 956 -2.8 108.55
15 Tangney 83 529 5.82 87 310 -0.1 69.97
Average 78 937 0 87 400 0 168 501.15
  WA 1 184 058 0 1 311 002 0 2 527 517.2
AUGMENTED ELECTORAL COMMISSION FOR WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Chairman of the Australian Electoral Commission Hon Trevor Morling QC
Electoral Commissioner Mr Andy Becker
Australian Statistician Dennis Trewin
Australian Electoral Officer for Western Australia Andrew Moyes
Auditor-General for Western Australia Des Pearson
Surveyor-General for Western Australia Henry Houghton

Australian Electoral Commission Contacts

Central Office

Electoral Commissioner (02) 6271 4400 Andy Becker

Director, Information Anthea Wilson (acting) (02) 6271 4415

Editor, Newsfile Shirley Weber (02) 6271 4720

Redistribution Secretariat Wayne Seymour (02) 6271 4688

Head Office Australian Electoral Officer Western Australia (08) 9470 7299

STEPS IN THE WESTERN AUSTRALIAN 2000 REDISTRIBUTION PROCESS
9 December 1999 Electoral Commissioner determined that WA was entitled to an increased representation in the House of Representatives at the next election.
23 December 1999 Redistribution directed and quota determined
  • The Electoral Commission directed the commencement of a redistribution in Western Australia
  • The Electoral Commissioner determined the quota of electors for each Division in Western Australia to be 78 937
23 February 2000 Redistribution Committee appointed.
Public suggestions and comments invited by Electoral Commissioner.
24 March 2000 Period for suggestions closed
The Redistribution Committee received 11 written suggestions from the public.
7 April 2000 Period for comments on suggestions closed
The Redistribution Committee received 6 written comments on suggestions.
26 May 2000 Proposed Redistribution published by Redistribution Committee, and Objections invited Notice of the proposed redistribution was published in the Commonwealth Gazette, and in The Australian and The West Australian newspapers.
23 June 2000 Period for Objections to proposal closed
The Electoral Commission received 4 written objections.
7 July 2000 Period for Comments on Objections closed
The Electoral Commission received 2 written comments on objections.
7 August 2000 Public inquiry into Objections held in Perth by the augmented Electoral Commission for WA.
14 August 2000 Augmented Electoral Commission announces its decision on final boundaries and names.
20 November 2000 Redistribution determined
The determination by the augmented Electoral Commission of final boundaries and names is gazetted.
28 November 2000 Report of the augmented Electoral Commission for WA tabled in both Houses of Parliament.

Map showing the proposed divisions in the Perth area

Map showing proposed divisions in the southwest of Western Australia with a Western Australia inset map