Electoral Newsfile 113: 2003 Redistribution of Federal Electoral Boundaries

Updated: 23 August 2011

Final Boundaries for South Australia

January 2004

The new boundaries and names for the 11 Federal Electoral Divisions in South Australia have been finalised by the augmented Electoral Commission for South Australia. The determination of boundaries and names was gazetted on 17 December 2003.

Redistribution Process

On 12 March 2003, the Australian Electoral Commission directed the commencement of a Redistribution of electoral boundaries in South Australia as its entitlement to representation in the House of Representatives had been reduced by one. The redistribution process was outlined in Electoral Newsfile No. 110.

Following a public consultation process, the Redistribution Committee for South Australia published its proposal for the names and boundaries of the 11 Federal Electoral Divisions on 5 September 2003.

The augmented Electoral Commission for South Australia held a public inquiry into objections to the proposed redistribution and, on 28 November 2003, announced its decision on the new boundaries and Division names for South Australia.

Names of Divisions

The final determination has resulted in the names of all the Divisions being retained, except for the Division of Bonython which was abolished.

Conclusion of Redistribution Process

The augmented Electoral Commission adopted all of the Redistribution Committee's proposal without change. As the augmented Commission's proposal did not differ from that of the Redistribution Committee it was not open to further objection.

Outline maps of the final boundaries are included in this Newsfile. The full report of the augmented Electoral Commission for South Australia 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 South Australia 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.

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 and a half years (31 July 2007 in South Australia), the projected number of people enrolled in each Division does 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 807 313
Number of Electors transferred to another Division 235 864
TOTAL 1 043 177
Determination of Quota at 12 March 2003
Number of Divisions into which South Australia is to be distributed 11
Number of Electors in South Australia as at 12 March 2003 1 043 177
Quota for South Australia 94 834
Permissible maximum number of Electors (+10%) in a Division 104 317
Permissible minimum number of Electors (-10%) in a Division 85 351
Enrolment Projections for 31 July 2007
Projected number of Electors in South Australia as at 31 July 2007 2 621 489
Average projected enrolment for 11 Divisions at 31 July 2007 98 909
103.5% of average enrolment projected at 31 July 2007 102 370
96.5% of average enrolment projected at 31 July 2007 95 448

Maps

Statistical Summary of the Redistribution
Division Actual Var% Projected Var% Area
(A) (P) (sq km)
1 Adelaide 94 342 -0.52 98 204 -0.71 75
2 Barker 100 231 5.69 102 000 3.13 64 015
3 Boothby 94 981 0.16 97 016 -1.91 123
4 Grey 97 415 2.72 99 491 0.59 904 881
5 Hindmarsh 98 621 3.99 101 469 2.59 73
6 Kingston 92 537 -2.42 98 446 -0.47 377
7 Makin 92 774 -2.17 97 315 -1.61 115
8 Mayo 88 426 -6.76 96 761 -2.17 9 190
9 Port Adelaide 97 207 2.50 100 546 1.66 253
10 Sturt 96 928 2.21 100 126 1.23 84
11 Wakefield 89 715 -5.40 96 628 -2.31 6 155
South Australia 1 043 177   1 088 002   985 341
Steps in the South Australian 2003 Redistribution Process
12 March 2003 Direction for South Australia to be redistributed.

Quota of electors determined. The Electoral Commissioner determined the quota of Electors for each Division in South Australia to be 94 834.
2 June 2003 Redistribution Committee for South Australia appointed.
4 June 2003 Public Suggestions and Comments on Public Suggestions invited.
4 July 2003 Public Suggestions closed.

The Redistribution Committee received 24 written suggestions from organisations and individuals.
18 July 2003 Comments on Public Suggestions closed.

The Redistribution Committee received 16 written comments on suggestions.
5 September 2003 Redistribution Committee for South Australia published its proposal and objections invited. Notice of the proposed redistribution was published in the Commonwealth Gazette on 5 September 2003 and by advertisements in The Advertiser and The Weekend Australian newspapers on 6 September 2003.
3 October 2003 Public Objections closed.

The Electoral Commission received 12 written objections to the redistribution proposal from organisations and individuals.
17 October 2003 Comments on Public Objections closed.

The Electoral Commission received 4 written comments on objections.
12 November 2003 Public inquiry into Public Objections to the proposal of the Redistribution Committee for South Australia.
28 November 2003 Public announcement of the proposal of the augmented Electoral Commission for South Australia.
17 December 2003 Determination of Division names and boundaries.
16 January 2004 Report of the augmented Electoral Commission for South Australia tabled in Commonwealth Parliament.

AEC CONTACTS

Central Office

Electoral Commissioner

Andy Becker (02) 6271 4400

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 South Australian Head Office

Australian Electoral Officer for South Australia

Christopher Drury (08) 8237 6555

Media Liaison

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