Research Report 4 - Australian Federal Redistributions 1901-2003: Part Two

Updated: 30 May 2013

Part Two: Electoral Redistributions 1901–2003

The following individual redistribution reports are a snap shot of information pertinent to the process of conducting a redistribution. The format for these reports changes for redistributions conducted after the 1984 amendments and includes projected figures.

The layout is based upon the usual AEC convention of the largest state to the smallest, i.e. New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania, Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory.

It should also be pointed out that some of the information required has not been readily available due to the differences in records, for example some redistribution reports clearly identified the area of the divisions, others have not.

Brief History

This section contains a very brief overview for the reasons for the redistribution and identifies the members of the various Committees.

Redistribution Timetable

This table provides a ready reference for the key dates concerning the redistribution.

Enrolment Data

This section provides the key enrolment data, such as the quota and maximum and minimum variations allowable for each particular redistribution.

Divisional Snapshot

Lists the largest and smallest division by enrolment as well as those divisions created and abolished. The figures cited are those at the time of the redistribution.

Elections held based on the redistribution

Provides a list of federal elections, by-elections and referenda held based on the boundaries of the redistribution. Unless otherwise described references to Senate elections are for half-senate elections. On three separate occasions the cycle of the Senate and the House of Representatives has aligned which resulted in simultaneous elections, as opposed to the Government of the day calling a double dissolution.

Measures of Malapportionment

These are the key indicators of whether or not the redistribution has been a success from a numerical perspective. Volume two will contain the statistical analysis, which resulted in these calculations.

Division Summary

This table provides a ready reference for comparing individual divisions with current enrolment and the actual variation relevant to the determination of the quota and the acceptable margin of difference.

Individual Redistribution Reports

New South Wales
Year Date of Final Determination
1900 11 December
1906 13 July
1913 27 February
1922 13 September
1934 01 August
1949 11 May
1955 30 August
1968 21 November
1977 31 October
1984 11 October
1992 31 January
2000 11 February
Victoria
Year Date of Final Determination
1900 26 September
1906 13 July
1913 01 February
1922 04 October
1937 21 July
1949 11 May
1955 10 August
1968 21 November
1977 31 October
1984 14 September
1989 05 June
1994 20 December
2003 29 January
Queensland
Year Date of Final Determination
1900 04 December
1906 13 July
1913 01 February
1922 13 September
1934 01 August
1949 11 May
1955 10 August
1969 27 February
1977 31 October
1984 13 September
1992 28 January
1994 01 December
1997 10 December
2003 25 November
Western Australia
Year Date of Final Determination
1900 05 December
1906 13 July
1913 01 February
1922 13 September
1937 28 July
1949 11 May
1955 10 August
1968 21 November
1974 19 April
1977 07 November
1980 28 February
1984 31 August
1989 31 March
1997 06 March
2000 20 November
South Australia
Year Date of Final Determination
1903 02 October
1922 13 September
1934 01 August
1949 11 May
1955 19 October
1968 21 November
1977 31 October
1984 03 September
1992 17 January
1999 13 August
2003 17 December
Tasmania
Year Date of Final Determination
1903 02 October
1922 13 September
1949 11 May
1955 30 August
1968 21 November
1977 31 October
1984 12 September
1992 01 April
2000 11 February
Australian Capital Territory
Year Date of Final Determination
1974 19 April
1984 23 August
1992 23 March
1994 30 September
1997 10 December
Northern Territory
Year Date of Final Determination
2003 19 February