Proposed redistribution of the Australian Capital Territory into electoral divisions

Updated: 11 September 2015

Chapter 3 – What next?

This chapter outlines the legislative requirements following the release of the proposed redistribution, through to the final determination of the names and boundaries of electoral divisions in the Australian Capital Territory.

  1. This report sets out the Redistribution Committee's proposed boundaries and names of electoral divisions for the Australian Capital Territory, together with the Redistribution Committee's reasons for this proposed redistribution. Interested individuals and organisations are able to consider this proposal and provide their thoughts prior to the final determination of electoral division boundaries and names by the augmented Electoral Commission for the Australian Capital Territory on Thursday 28 January 2016.
  2. Appendix I sets out the timetable for the remainder of this redistribution.

Invitation for objections

  1. Written objections to any aspect of the proposed redistribution must be lodged with the Electoral Commission by 6pm (AEDT) on Friday 9 October 2015. Any objections received after this time will not be able to be considered.

Invitation to provide comments on objections

  1. All objections received will be made available for public inspection from Monday 12 October 2015 on the AEC website and at the office of the senior Divisional Returning Officer for the Australian Capital Territory.
  2. Interested individuals and organisations can then lodge written comments on the objections with the Electoral Commission up until 6pm (AEDT) on Friday 23 October 2015. Comments received after this time will not be able to be considered.
  3. All comments received will be made available for public inspection from Monday 26 October 2015 on the AEC website and at the office of the senior Divisional Returning Officer for the Australian Capital Territory.

What happens with objections and comments on objections?

  1. Written objections and comments on objections are considered by the augmented Electoral Commission. The augmented Electoral Commission is comprised of the:
    • members of the Electoral Commission – the Chairperson, the Electoral Commissioner and a non-judicial member, currently the Australian Statistician, and
    • members of the Redistribution Committee.
  2. As part of its considerations, the augmented Electoral Commission may hold an inquiry into any objection or comment on objection.

The second redistribution proposal

  1. At the conclusion of its considerations, the augmented Electoral Commission will announce its own proposed redistribution. If the augmented Electoral Commission considers that this proposal is significantly different from the Redistribution Committee's proposal, the augmented Electoral Commission will invite further objections. Advice will be provided should this prove necessary.

Final determination of boundaries and names for electoral divisions

  1. The augmented Electoral Commission will make a final determination of boundaries and names of the electoral divisions for the Australian Capital Territory by notice published in the Gazette on Thursday 28 January 2016.
  2. Copies of the augmented Electoral Commission’s determination and reasons for that determination, together with the work of the Redistribution Committee, will be tabled in both houses of the Parliament of Australia. Once this has occurred, this material will be made available to the public via the AEC website.

How to lodge an objection or comment on an objection

  1. Objections and comments on objections should be lodged via the AEC website. Objections and comments on objections can also be submitted:
    • by email to: Fedredistribution-ACT@aec.gov.au
    • in person during business hours to: The Australian Electoral Commission (Att: Redistribution Secretariat), 50 Marcus Clarke Street, Canberra
    • by mail to: The Australian Electoral Commission (Att: Redistribution Secretariat), PO Box 6172, Kingston ACT 2604
    • by fax to: 02 6293 7660

Further information

  1. A wide range of information is available on the AEC’s website, including: