Step 6 - Announcement of names and boundaries of federal electoral divisions in Western Australia

Updated: 5 November 2015

Steps in the redistribution

Overview maps will be available on the website on 19 January 2016. Detailed maps and a report outlining the augmented Electoral Commission's reasons for the formal determination will be tabled in the Federal Parliament and will subsequently be made publicly available.

The augmented Electoral Commission for Western Australia's public announcement of final names and boundaries of federal electoral divisions in Western Australia was made on 5 November 2015. Read the augmented Electoral Commission's public announcement.

The augmented Electoral Commission's reasons for deciding the names and boundaries of electoral divisions will be contained in its report.

The numerical constraints of the redistribution process

The augmented Electoral Commission was required to consider all objections made to the Redistribution Committee's proposal in the context of the requirements of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (the Electoral Act). For the augmented Electoral Commission, the primary requirements contained within sub-section 73(4) are:

  • the number of electors in each electoral division shall, as far as practicable, not deviate from the projected enrolment quota at the projection time of 8 February 2017 by more than plus or minus 3.5 per cent, and
  • the number of electors in each electoral division shall not deviate from the current enrolment quota by more than plus or minus 10 per cent.

Objections that resulted in the number of electors in an electoral division or divisions being outside either of these ranges could not be considered for implementation.

Augmented Electoral Commission's proposed electoral divisions

Proposed electoral divisions
Name of proposed electoral division Boundaries of proposed electoral division
Brand As proposed by the Redistribution Committee for Western Australia
Burt As proposed by the Redistribution Committee for Western Australia, with some minor boundary changes involving no elector movement
Canning As proposed by the Redistribution Committee for Western Australia with the following changes:

  • the Shire of Wandering will be placed in the Division of O'Connor
  • some minor boundary changes involving no elector movement
Cowan As proposed by the Redistribution Committee for Western Australia
Curtin As proposed by the Redistribution Committee for Western Australia with the following changes:
  • the locality of North Fremantle will be placed in the proposed Division of Fremantle
  • the entire locality of Crawley will be placed in the proposed Division of Curtin
  • some minor boundary changes involving no elector movement
Durack As proposed by the Redistribution Committee for Western Australia, with some minor boundary changes involving no elector movement
Forrest As proposed by the Redistribution Committee for Western Australia, with some minor boundary changes made involving no elector movement
Fremantle As proposed by the Redistribution Committee for Western Australia with the following changes:
  • the locality of North Fremantle will be placed in the proposed Division of Fremantle
  • some minor boundary changes involving no elector movement
Hasluck As proposed by the Redistribution Committee for Western Australia, with some minor boundary changes involving no elector movement
Moore As proposed by the Redistribution Committee for Western Australia, with some minor boundary changes involving no elector movement
O'Connor As proposed by the Redistribution Committee for Western Australia with the following changes:
  • the Shire of Wandering will be placed in the proposed Division of O'Connor
  • some minor boundary changes involving no elector movement
Pearce As proposed by the Redistribution Committee for Western Australia, with some minor boundary changes made involving no elector movement
Perth As proposed by the Redistribution Committee for Western Australia with the following changes:
  • the entire locality of Crawley will be placed in the proposed Division of Curtin
  • some minor boundary changes involving no elector movement
Stirling As proposed by the Redistribution Committee for Western Australia
Swan As proposed by the Redistribution Committee for Western Australia, with some minor boundary changes involving no elector movement
Tangney As proposed by the Redistribution Committee for Western Australia, with some minor boundary changes involving no elector movement

Note: Minor boundary changes refer to changes to allow for the electoral division boundary to align with, for example, a local government authority boundary or a road.

Augmented Electoral Commission's conclusion on objections

The locality of North Fremantle

Objections referring to this matter: O5 – Martin Gordon, O6 – Harry Pickett, O12 – Darren McSweeney, O13 – David Weber, O19 – The Greens (WA), O20 – Liberal Party of Australia (WA Division) Inc, O22 – The Hon. Alannah MacTiernan MP and The Hon. Melissa Parke MP.

Comments on objections referring to this matter: COB1 – Andrew Owens, COB3 – The Hon Melissa Parke MP, COB5 – Dr Mark Mulcair, COB6 – The Greens (WA), COB7 – Liberal Party of Australia (WA Division) Inc, COB10 – WA Labor.

Augmented Electoral Commission's conclusions: The Redistribution Committee proposed moving North Fremantle from the existing Division of Fremantle to the proposed Division of Curtin. Objections concerned whether North Fremantle shares a greater community of interest with the proposed Division of Curtin or the proposed Division of Fremantle. Noting that a decision to place North Fremantle in the proposed Division of Fremantle can be accommodated within numerical requirements, the augmented Electoral Commission considered the Redistribution Committee's proposal could be improved and has proposed moving North Fremantle into the proposed Division of Fremantle.

The localities of Kingsley and Woodvale

Objections referring to this matter: O5 – Martin Gordon, O10 – John Chester, O11 – Returned Services League of Australia Wanneroo-Joondalup Sub-Branch, O14 – Hon Cheryl Edwardes, O20 – Liberal Party of Australia (WA Division) Inc.

Comments on objections referring to this matter: COB4 – Martin Gordon, COB5 – Dr Mark Mulcair, COB8 – Donald Ian and Joyce Marion Bulloch, COB10 – WA Labor.

Augmented Electoral Commission's conclusions: The Redistribution Committee proposed moving Woodvale and Kingsley from the existing Division of Cowan to the proposed Division of Moore. Objections concerned whether Woodvale and Kingsley share a greater community of interest with the proposed Division of Cowan or the proposed Division of Moore.  Noting that the adoption of alternative proposals could result in similar community of interests concerns, the augmented Electoral Commission concluded that:

  • the Redistribution Committee's proposal was sound,
  • any alternatives proposed or other adjustments necessary to accommodate these changes within the requirements of the Electoral Act would not result in an improved outcome, and
  • the Redistribution Committee's proposal should stand unchanged.

The Shire of Collie

Objections referring to this matter: O8 – David Smith, O12 – Darren McSweeney, O16 – Bunbury Wellington Economic Alliance, O17 – Dr Mark Mulcair, O18 – Shire of Collie, O21 – WA Labor, O23 – Hon Dr Sally Talbot MLC, O24 – Ed Riley, O25 – Mick Murray MLA, O26 – John Borlini, O27 – Hon Adele Farina MLC.

Comments on objections referring to this matter: COB1 – Andrew Owens, COB4 – Martin Gordon, COB5 – Dr Mark Mulcair, COB7 – Liberal Party of Australia (WA Division) Inc.

Augmented Electoral Commission's conclusions: The Redistribution Committee proposed moving the Shire of Collie from the existing Division of Forrest to the proposed Division of O'Connor. Objections concerned whether the Shire of Collie shares a greater community of interest with the proposed Division of O'Connor or the proposed Division of Forrest and recommended alternative transfers of other areas from the proposed Division of Forrest into the proposed Division of O'Connor. Noting the depth of concern evident in relation to the proposed move of the Shire of Collie, the augmented Electoral Commission was also conscious that the proposal to retain the Shire in the proposed Division of Forrest could not be accommodated within numerical requirements, and the adoption of alternative proposals could result in similar community of interests concerns. The augmented Electoral Commission concluded that:

  • the Redistribution Committee's proposal was sound,
  • any alternatives proposed or other adjustments necessary to accommodate these changes within the requirements of the Electoral Act would not result in an improved outcome, and
  • the Redistribution Committee's proposal should stand unchanged.

The boundaries of proposed Divisions in the Perth metropolitan area

Objections referring to this matter: O5 – Martin Gordon, O9 – Dean Ashley, O17 – Dr Mark Mulcair, O20 – Liberal Party of Australia (WA Division) Inc., O22 – The Hon. Alannah MacTiernan MP and The Hon. Melissa Parke MP, O28 – Andrew Owens.

Comments on objections referring to this matter: COB4 – Martin Gordon, COB5 – Dr Mark Mulcair, COB6 – The Greens (WA), COB7 – Liberal Party of Australia (WA Division) Inc., COB10 – WA Labor.

Augmented Electoral Commission's conclusions: The Redistribution Committee proposed a series of alterations to boundaries across the Perth metropolitan area, impacting to varying degrees the proposed Divisions of Cowan, Curtin, Moore, Pearce, Perth and Stirling. The Redistribution Committee's proposed changes followed on from its proposal to locate the proposed Division of Burt in the Armadale/Gosnells area and the need to progressively restore equality of enrolment for surrounding electoral divisions. Objections concerned whether the number of changes made were necessary and several alternative recommendations were provided. Noting that the adoption of alternative recommendations could result in similar community of interests concerns, the augmented Electoral Commission concluded that:

  • the Redistribution Committee's proposal was sound,
  • any alternatives proposed or other adjustments necessary to accommodate these changes within the requirements of the Electoral Act would not result in an improved outcome, and
  • the Redistribution Committee's proposal should largely stand unchanged.

The augmented Electoral Commission considers that one aspect of the Redistribution Committee's proposal could be improved and has proposed moving the entire locality of Crawley into the proposed Division of Curtin.

The boundary of the proposed Divisions of Hasluck and Pearce

Objections referring to this matter: O5 – Martin Gordon, O21 – WA Labor.

Comments on objections referring to this matter: COB5 – Dr Mark Mulcair, COB7 – Liberal Party of Australia (WA Division) Inc.

Augmented Electoral Commission's conclusions: The Redistribution Committee proposed various boundary adjustments between the proposed Divisions of Hasluck and Pearce. Objections concerned whether the proposed changes were necessary, particularly given the increased geographical area of the proposed Division of Hasluck. The augmented Electoral Commission concluded that:

  • the Redistribution Committee's proposal was sound,
  • any alternatives proposed or other adjustments necessary to accommodate these changes within the requirements of the Electoral Act would not result in an improved outcome, and
  • the Redistribution Committee's proposal should stand unchanged.

The Shire of Wandering

Objections referring to this matter: O12 – Darren McSweeney, O17 – Dr Mark Mulcair, O21 – WA Labor.

Comments on objections referring to this matter: COB10 – WA Labor.

Augmented Electoral Commission's conclusions: The Redistribution Committee proposed moving the Shire of Wandering from the existing Division of O'Connor to the proposed Division of Canning. Objections concerned whether the Shire of Wandering shares a greater community of interest with the proposed Division of Canning or the proposed Division of O'Connor. Noting that a decision to place the Shire of Wandering in the proposed Division of O'Connor can be accommodated within numerical requirements, the augmented Electoral Commission considered the Redistribution Committee's proposal could be improved and has proposed moving the Shire of Wandering into the proposed Division of O'Connor.

The Shire of Kalamunda

Objections referring to this matter: O12 – Darren McSweeney, O17 – Dr Mark Mulcair.

Comments on objections referring to this matter: COB5 – Dr Mark Mulcair, COB7 – Liberal Party of Australia (WA Division) Inc.

Augmented Electoral Commission's conclusions: The Redistribution Committee proposed allocating the Shire of Kalamunda across the proposed Divisions of Canning and Hasluck. Objections concerned whether the Shire of Kalamunda should be split across electoral divisions or contained within one electoral division. The augmented Electoral Commission concluded that:

  • the Redistribution Committee's proposal was sound,
  • any alternatives proposed or other adjustments necessary to accommodate these changes within the requirements of the Electoral Act would not result in an improved outcome, and
  • the Redistribution Committee's proposal should stand unchanged.

The localities of Carramar and Mindarie

Objection referring to this matter: O2 – David Anson.

Comments on objections referring to this matter: COB2 – David Anson, COB10 – WA Labor.

Augmented Electoral Commission's conclusions: The Redistribution Committee proposed moving Carramar and Mindarie from the existing Division of Moore to the proposed Division of Pearce. One objection was received advocating that this change not be made. The augmented Electoral Commission concluded that:

  • the Redistribution Committee's proposal was sound,
  • any alternatives proposed or other adjustments necessary to accommodate these changes within the requirements of the Electoral Act would not result in an improved outcome, and
  • the Redistribution Committee's proposal should stand unchanged.

The City of Armadale

Objection referring to this matter: O4 – Bret Busby.

Augmented Electoral Commission's conclusions: The Redistribution Committee proposed splitting the City of Armadale between the proposed Divisions of Burt and Canning. One objection was received advocating that this change not be made. The augmented Electoral Commission concluded that:

  • the Redistribution Committee's proposal was sound,
  • any alternatives proposed or other adjustments necessary to accommodate these changes within the requirements of the Electoral Act would not result in an improved outcome, and
  • the Redistribution Committee's proposal should stand unchanged.

The proposed Divisions of O'Connor and Durack

Objections referring to this matter: O15 – PA and JW Sambell, O17 – Dr Mark Mulcair.

Augmented Electoral Commission's conclusions: The Redistribution Committee proposed transferring electors into and out of the proposed Division of O'Connor and decreasing its geographic size to 866 672 sq km. The Redistribution Committee proposed transferring electors into the proposed Division of Durack and increasing its geographic area to 1 629 858 sq km. Two objections were received advocating that these changes not be made.  The augmented Electoral Commission concluded that:

  • the Redistribution Committee's proposal relating to the Division of Durack was sound,
  • this aspect of the Redistribution Committee's proposal relating to the Division of O'Connor was sound,
  • any alternatives proposed or other adjustments necessary to accommodate these changes within the requirements of the Electoral Act would not result in an improved outcome, and
  • the Redistribution Committee's proposal should stand unchanged.

Naming of federal electoral divisions in Western Australia

Objections referring to this matter: O1 – Richard Wyndham, O3 – Stephen David John Marshall, O5 – Martin Gordon, O7 – City of Armadale, O8 – David Smith, O12 – Darren McSweeney, O13 – David Weber, O19 – The Greens (WA), O20 – Liberal Party of Australia (WA Division) Inc., O28 – Andrew Owens.

Comments on objections referring to this matter: COB1 – Andrew Owens, COB4 – Martin Gordon, COB5 – Dr Mark Mulcair, COB7 – Liberal Party of Australia (WA Division) Inc.

Augmented Electoral Commission's conclusions: The Redistribution Committee proposed to retain the 15 existing division names and to name the 16th division as the Division of Burt. Objections to the proposed new division name concerned the potential for confusion when state and federal electoral divisions share the same names and suggested alternative names. The augmented Electoral Commission concluded that:

  • the Redistribution Committee's proposal was sound,
  • any alternative names proposed would not result in an improved outcome within the requirements of the Electoral Act, and
  • the Redistribution Committee's proposal should stand unchanged.

Further the augmented Electoral Commission noted that three existing electoral divisions, namely the Divisions of Fremantle, Perth and Moore, also share their name with existing WA state electoral districts and that all state electoral district names are themselves currently under review.