Electoral Newsfile 109: 2002-03 Redistribution of Federal Electoral Boundaries

Updated: 7 February 2011

Final Boundaries for Victoria

April 2003

Redistribution Process

On 18 January 2002, the Australian Electoral Commission directed the commencement of a Redistribution of electoral boundaries in Victoria as seven years had elapsed since the previous redistribution. The redistribution process was outlined in Electoral Newsfile No. 106.

Following a public consultation process, the Redistribution Committee for Victoria published its proposal for the names and boundaries of the 37 Federal Electoral Divisions on 30 August 2002. The Redistribution Committee's proposal was outlined in Electoral Newsfile No. 107.

The augmented Electoral Commission held a public inquiry into objections to the proposed redistribution and, on 19 December 2002, announced its decision on the new boundaries and names for Victoria.

Names of Divisions

The final determination has resulted in the names of 36 of the 37 Divisions being retained as they are readily identified with the existing Divisions. The Redistribution Committee's proposal to abolish the Division of Burke and create a new outer metropolitan Division to the west of Melbourne was supported by the augmented Electoral Commission. In naming the new Division Gorton, the Committee recognised the service rendered to Australia by The Rt. Hon Sir John Grey Gorton GCMG AC CH MA (Oxon).

Conclusion of Redistribution Process

The augmented Electoral Commission in most cases substantially adopted the Redistribution Committee's proposal except for minor changes to some metropolitan Divisions. The most detailed change determined by the augmented Electoral Commission related to the Divisions of Gippsland and McMillan in which the entire Shire of South Gippsland was transferred into the Division of McMillan. A small number of electors from the Division of Flinders, near Nyora, were also transferred into the Division of McMillan so as to align that boundary to the municipal boundary.

The augmented Electoral Commission also adopted to keep the larger towns of Morwell and Traralgon, and the towns they serve, together in the one Division by transferring them to the Division of Gippsland and drawing the electoral boundary between the Divisions of McMillan and Gippsland to the east of Moe – thereby retaining the majority of the City of La Trobe in the one Division.

Outline maps of the final boundaries are included in this Newsfile. The full report of the augmented Electoral Commission for Victoria is available on the AEC's website at www.aec.gov.au. Copies can also be obtained from the Australian Electoral Commission State Head Office in Victoria or from Central Office in Canberra. Contact details are shown below.

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 re distribution, 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 and a half years (31 March 2006 in Victoria), the projected number of people enrolled in each Division should not vary from the State average by more than 3.5 per cent.

Augmented Electoral Commission Members
Chairperson of the Australian Electoral Commission Hon Trevor Morling QC
Electoral Commissioner Mr Andy Becker
Non-judicial Commissioner (and Australian Statistician) Mr Dennis Trewin
Australian Electoral Officer for Victoria Mr Daryl Wight
Surveyor-General of Victoria Mr Keith C Bell RFD
Auditor-General of Victoria Mr Wayne Cameron
Summary of Movement of Electors between Divisions
Number of Electors remaining in their Existing Division 2 825 655
Number of Electors transferred to another Division 433 799
TOTAL 3 259 454
Determination of Quota at 18 January 2002
Number of Divisions into which Victoria is to be redistributed 37
Number of Electors in Victoria as at 18 January 2002 3 259 454
Quota for Victoria 88 093
Permissible maximum number of Electors (+10%) in a Division 96 902
Permissible minimum number of Electors (-10%) in a Division 79 284
Enrolment Projections for 31 March 2006
Projected number of Electors in Victoria as at 31 March 2006 3 473 637
Average projected enrolment for 37 Divisions at 31 March 2006 93 882
Average projected enrolment for 37 Divisions at 31 March 2006 97 168
*96.5% of average enrolment projected at 31 March 2006 90 596

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.

Contacts
AEC contacts Media liaison
Electoral Commissioner
Andy Becker
(02) 6271) 4400 Members of the media are asked to use the AEC contact numbers listed rather than the general enquiry number 13 23 26 which appears on AEC advertising.

National Enquiry Service 13) 23) 26

AEC WEBSITE www.aec.gov.au
Assistant Commissioner Information, Education & Research
Brien Hallett
(02)) 6271) 4477
Director, Information
Phil Diak
(02) 6271 4415
Editor, Newsfile
Shirley Weber
(02)) 6271) 4720
Redistribution Secretariat
Terry Rushton (02)) 6271) 4468
Victorian Head Office
Daryl Wight
Australian Electoral Officer
Victoria
(03)) 9285) 7171
Statistical Summary of the Redistribution
No. Division Actual Var%(A) Projected Var% (P) Area (sq km)
1 Aston 86 347 -1.98 91 807 -2.21 95.87
2 Ballarat 88 009 -0.1 91 985 -2.02 4 651.88
3 Batman 87 577 -0.59 91 402 -2.64 53.47
4 Bendigo 91 839 4.25 95 428 1.65 7 286.14
5 Bruce 90 498 2.73 92 528 -1.44 67.81
6 Calwell 83 636 -5.06 96 959 3.28 503.83
7 Casey 86 119 -2.24 91 121 -2.94 409.41
8 Chisholm 87 220 -0.99 91 576 -2.46 60.97
9 Corangamite 87 219 -0.99 92 107 -1.89 7 723.64
10 Corio 86 912 -1.34 90 768 -3.32 814.64
11 Deakin 89 354 1.43 92 753 -1.2 61.37
12 Dunkley 91 055 3.36 95 470 1.69 137.58
13 Flinders 88 063 -0.03 95 318 1.53 1 955.35
14 Gellibrand 92 659 5.18 96 880 3.19 91.33
15 Gippsland 91 713 4.11 93 071 -0.86 33 263.72
16 Goldstein 90 353 2.57 95 014 1.21 48.63
17 Gorton 82 451 -6.4 94 736 0.91 165.63
18 Higgins 87 951 -0.16 92 065 -1.94 38.80
19 Holt 81 227 -7.79 96 848 3.16 144.83
20 Hotham 89 815 1.95 92 983 -0.96 71.59
21 Indi 87 350 -0.84 90 722 -3.37 28 007.66
22 Isaacs 89 978 2.14 97 087 3.41 171.44
23 Jagajaga 93 948 6.65 96 703 3.00 87.38
24 Kooyong 88 343 0.28 92 572 -1.4 49.49
25 Lalor 82 378 -6.49 94 146 0.28 990.77
26 La Trobe 81 412 -7.58 93 122 -0.81 588.08
27 McEwen 89 526 1.63 97 089 3.42 10 675.29
28 McMillan 79 517 -9.74 94 344 0.49 8 327.90
29 Mallee 91 145 3.46 93 155 -0.77 70 693.64
30 Maribyrnong 90 937 3.23 93 543 -0.36 71.22
31 Melbourne 88 786 0.79 96 551 2.84 53.45
32 Melbourne Ports 90 331 2.54 96 081 2.34 43.71
33 Menzies 88 762 0.76 93 040 -0.9 119.46
34 Murray 86 834 -1.43 90 680 -3.41 16 228.86
35 Scullin 85 018 -3.49 96 405 2.69 100.95
36 Wannon 90 743 3.01 90 710 -3.38 33 854.16
37 Wills 94 429 7.19 96 868 3.18 57.04
  Victoria 3 259 454   3 473 637   227 766.99

Maps

Steps in the Victorian 2002 Redistribution Process
18 January 2002 Redistribution directed and quota determined. The Electoral Commission directed the commencement of a redistribution in Victoria. The Electoral Commissioner determined the quota of Electors for each Division in Victoria to be 88 093.
10 March 2002 Public suggestions and comments invited by Electoral Commissioner.
15 April 2002 Redistribution Committee appointed
9 April 2002 Period for suggestions closed. The Redistribution Committee received 14 written suggestions from organisations and individuals.
3 May 2002 Period for comments on suggestions closed. The Redistribution Committee received 9 written comments on suggestions.
28 August 2002 Proposed Redistribution published by Redistribution Committee and objections invited. Notice of the proposed redistribution was published in the Commonwealth Gazette and advertisements in The Age and Herald Sun newspapers on 30 August 2002.
27 September 2002 Period for Objections to proposal closed. The Electoral Commission received 46 written objections to the redistribution proposal from organisations and individuals.
11 October 2002 Period for Comments on Objections closed. The Electoral Commission received 6 written comments on objections.
14 November 2002 Public inquiry into Objections held in Melbourne by the augmented Electoral Commission for Victoria.
19 December 2002 Augmented Electoral Commission announces its decision on final boundaries and names.
29 January 2003 Redistribution determined. The determination by the augmented Electoral Commission of final boundaries and names is gazetted.
6 February 2003 Report of the augmented Electoral Commission for Victoria tabled in Commonwealth Parliament.