Electoral Newsfile 96: 2000 Redistribution of Federal Electoral Boundaries - Final Boundaries for Northern Territory

Updated: 23 March 2011

The new boundaries and names for the two Federal Electoral Divisions in the Northern Territory have been finalised by the augmented Electoral Commission for the Northern Territory. The determination of boundaries and names was gazetted on 21 December 2000. Further information regarding the redistribution of the Northern Territory was included in Electoral Newsfile numbers 88 and 92.

Redistribution Process

On 23 December 1999, the Australian Electoral Commission directed the commencement of a Redistribution of electoral boundaries in the Northern Territory. This followed a determination by the Electoral Commissioner of an increased entitlement to representation in the House of Representatives for the Northern Territory because of population changes. The Northern Territory will elect two 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 the Northern Territory published its proposal for the names and boundaries of the two Federal Electoral Divisions on 28 April 2000. The Redistribution Committee's proposal was outlined in Electoral Newsfile No. 92.

The augmented Electoral Commission held a public inquiry into 13 objections to the proposed redistribution, and on 14 August 2000 announced its decision on the new boundaries and names for the Northern Territory.

Names of Divisions

The two divisions were named Solomon and Lingiari in the Redistribution Committee's proposal in honour of Vaiben Louis Solomon (1853–1908) and Vincent Lingiari OAM (1908–1988). The selection of the names for the two divisions was the subject of significant debate throughout the redistribution process.

Conclusion of redistribution process

As no changes were made after consideration of all objections to the Redistribution Committee's proposal, the augmented Electoral Commission determined that no further inquiry was required. Outline maps of the final boundaries are included in this Newsfile.

The full report of the augmented Electoral Commission for the NT is available on the AEC's web site at www.aec.gov.au. Copies can also be obtained from the Australian Electoral Commission Head Office in Darwin NT, or from Central Office in Canberra.

Information about the 2000 redistributions is available on the AEC's web site at www.aec.gov.au. This material includes media releases, enrolment statistics and reports of the Redistribution Committees and the augmented Electoral Commission.

Previous redistributions

This is the first time that the Northern Territory has been redistributed for federal election purposes.

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 the Northern Territory), the projected number of people enrolled in each Division should not vary from the Territory average by more than 3.5 percent.

STATISTICAL SUMMARY OF THE REDISTRIBUTION
23 December 1999 31 March 2004
Division No. of electors Quota Variation from (%) Projected number of electors Variation from average Divisional enrolment % Area (square kilometres)
Solomon 52 455 -4.61 60 369 -2.37 325.85
Lingiari 57 522 4.61 63 304 2.37 1 347 849.48
Average 54 989   61 837   674 087.67
NT 109 977   123 673   1 348 175.33
DETERMINATION OF QUOTA AT 23 DECEMBER 1999
Number of Divisions into which the NT is to be redistributed 2
Number of Electors in the NT 109 977
Quota for the NT 54 989
Permissible maximum number of electors (+10%) in a Division 60 487
Permissible minimum number of electors ( -10%) in a Division 49 491
SUMMARY OF MOVEMENT OF ELECTORS BETWEEN DIVISIONS
Number of Electors remaining in their existing Division nil nil
Number of Electors transferred to another Division 109 977 100%
TOTAL 109 977  
ENROLMENT PROJECTIONS FOR 31 MARCH 2004
Projected number of electors in the NT as at 31/03/2004 123 673
Average projected enrolment for the two divisions at 31/03/2004 61 837
*103.5% of average enrolment projected at 31/03/2004 64 001
*96.5% of average enrolment projected at 31/03/2004 59 673

*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.

AUGMENTED ELECTORAL COMMISSION FOR THE NORTHERN TERRITORY
Chairman of the Australian Electoral Commission Hon Trevor Morling QC
Electoral Commissioner Andy Becker
Australian Statistician Dennis Trewin
Australian Electoral Officer for the Northern Territory Bill Shepheard
Auditor-General for the Northern Territory Iain Summers
Surveyor-General for the Northern Territory Garry West

AEC CONTACTS

Central Office

Electoral Commissioner

Andy Becker Ph. (02) 6271 4400

Director, Information

Anthea Wilson (acting) Ph. (02) 6271 4415

Editor, Newsfile

Shirley Weber Ph. (02) 6271 4720

Redistribution Secretariat

Wayne Seymour Ph. (02) 6271 4688

Head Office

Australian Electoral Officer for the Northern Territory

Bill Shepheard Ph. (08) 8982 8000

STEPS IN THE NORTHERN TERRITORY 2000 REDISTRIBUTION PROCESS
9 December 1999 Electoral Commissioner determined that NT 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 the Northern Territory
  • The Electoral Commissioner determined the quota of electors for each Division in the NT to be 54 989
2 February 2000 Public suggestions and comments invited by Electoral Commissioner.
3 February 2000 Redistribution Committee appointed.
3 March 2000 Period for suggestions closed
  • The Redistribution Committee received 5 suggestions.
17 March 2000 Period for comments on suggestions closed
  • The Redistribution Committee received 4 written comments on suggestions.
28 April 2000 Proposed Redistribution published by Redistribution Committee, and Objections invited
  • Notice of the proposed redistribution was published in the Commonwealth Gazette, and in the Northern Territory News, the Centralian Advocate and the Tennant & District Times.
26 May 2000 Period for Objections to proposal closed
  • The augmented Electoral Commission received 13 written objections to the proposed redistribution.
9 June 2000 Period for Comments on Objections closed
  • The augmented Electoral Commission received 4 written comments on objections.
27 July 2000 Public inquiry into Objections held in Darwin by the augmented Electoral Commission for Northern Territory.
14 August 2000 Augmented Electoral Commission announces its decision on final boundaries and names.
21 December 2000 Redistribution determined
  • The determination by the augmented Electoral Commission of final boundaries and names is gazetted.
27 February 2001 Report of the augmented Electoral Commission for the Northern Territory tabled in both Houses of Parliament.

Map of Northern Territory showing detailed view of the division of Solomon

Map of Northern Territory

Map of Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Christmas Island