A redistribution of federal electoral boundaries commenced in Victoria on 18 January 2002.
The redistribution was triggered as seven years had elapsed since the State's previous redistribution. Currently Victoria has 37 seats in the House of Representatives.
In the House of Representatives each State and Territory is divided into electoral divisions. A redistribution is the redrawing of federal electoral boundaries to ensure that there are, as near as possible, the same number of people in each electoral division in any one State or Territory. For further detailed information on the redistribution process visit the AEC website at www.aec.gov.au.
There are three factors as defined in the Commonwealth Electoral Act (CEA) that cause a redistribution to be held:
A redistribution is occurring in Victoria under the third criterion, as it has been seven years since the State's federal electoral boundaries were last redistributed on 20 December 1994.
The CEA requires a redistribution to commence within 30 days after the expiration of the seven year period. The Victorian redistribution commenced on 18 January 2002.
The redistribution will be undertaken by a committee consisting of the Electoral Commissioner, the Australian Electoral Officer for Victoria, and two senior State Government officials, as provided by the Commonwealth Electoral Act.
No. Victoria's current entitlement of 37 electoral divisions will remain unchanged by this redistribution process. This redistribution will involve a redrawing of divisional boundaries based on the current number of seats.
The Victorian redistribution is expected to be completed later this year.
The new boundaries come into effect at the next election for the House of Representatives. Any by-election held prior to the next general election will be conducted on the existing Victorian boundaries – not any redistributed boundaries as determined by this process.