Australian Electoral Commission

Augmented Electoral Commission decides names and boundaries of federal electoral divisions in New South Wales

Updated: 14 January 2016

The augmented Electoral Commission for New South Wales today announced the outcome of its deliberations on the names and boundaries of the 47 federal electoral divisions in New South Wales.

The Hon. Dennis Cowdroy OAM QC, the presiding member, thanked the individuals and organisations who contributed to the redistribution of New South Wales by providing written submissions throughout the redistribution process or participating in the inquiries on 16 and 18 December 2015. All submissions were carefully considered by the augmented Electoral Commission.

Mr Cowdroy said that, with respect to the boundaries of electoral divisions, the augmented Electoral Commission had adopted the majority of the redistribution proposed by the Redistribution Committee for New South Wales, which was detailed in its report of 16 October 2015: Proposed redistribution of New South Wales into electoral divisions, subject to the following alterations:

  • all of the former Shire of Yallaroi, and a small part of the former Shire of Bingara, both now within the Shire of Gwydir, will be located in the proposed Division of Parkes
    • the Redistribution Committee had proposed locating all of the Shire of Gwydir in the proposed Division of New England
  • the entirety of the Shire of Carrathool will be located in the proposed Division of Farrer
    • the Redistribution Committee had proposed locating that portion of the Shire of Carrathool mainly north of the Mid Western Highway in the proposed Division of Parkes
  • the Shire of Lockhart will be located in the proposed Division of Riverina
    • the Redistribution Committee had proposed locating this Shire in the proposed Division of Farrer
  • Bundanoon, Exeter, Meryla, Penrose, part of Werai and Wingello will be located in the proposed Division of Hume
    • the Redistribution Committee had proposed locating Bundanoon, Exeter, Meryla, Penrose, part of Werai and Wingello in the proposed Division of Whitlam
  • the entire locality of Paddington will be located in the proposed Division of Wentworth
    • the Redistribution Committee had proposed dividing Paddington at Oxford Street, with that part south of Oxford Street located in the proposed Division of Sydney
  • Darlinghurst (except for the area bounded by South Dowling, Oxford and Flinders Streets) and Potts Point will be located in the proposed Division of Sydney
    • the Redistribution Committee had proposed locating Potts Point and that area of Darlinghurst west of Darlinghurst Road in the proposed Division of Wentworth
  • that part of Moore Park to the north of Dacey Avenue will be located in the proposed Division of Wentworth
    • the Redistribution Committee had proposed locating Moore Park in the proposed Division of Sydney
  • the entirety of the Drummoyne Peninsula will be located in the proposed Division of Reid
    • the Redistribution Committee had proposed locating part of the Drummoyne Peninsula in the proposed Division of Grayndler
  • parts of Canterbury, Hurlstone Park, Dulwich Hill and Marrickville (north of the Sydenham Bankstown railway line) will be located in the proposed Division of Grayndler
    • the Redistribution Committee had proposed locating each of these areas in the proposed Division of Barton
  • the locality of Sydenham will be located in the proposed Division of Grayndler
    • the Redistribution Committee had proposed locating Sydenham in the proposed Division of Barton
  • part of Beverly Hills (east of King Georges Road and south of the M5 East Motorway), part of Hurstville (north of the Illawarra railway line) and part of Kingsgrove (west of Kingsgrove Road and south of the M5 East Motorway) will be located in the proposed Division of Barton
    • the Redistribution Committee had proposed locating these parts of Beverly Hills, Hurstville and Kingsgrove in the proposed Division of Banks
  • the area bounded by the Princes Highway, Jubilee Avenue, the Illawarra railway line, Andover and Francis Streets at Carlton will be located in the proposed Division of Banks
    • the Redistribution Committee had proposed locating this area in the proposed Division of Barton
  • part of Auburn (to the south of the M4 Western Motorway and to the west of St Hilliers Road) and part of Lidcombe (to the west of Olympic Drive) will be located in the proposed Division of Blaxland
    • the Redistribution Committee had proposed locating part of Auburn and part of Lidcombe in the proposed Division of Reid
  • the area bounded by King and Smithfield Roads and Prospect and Orphan School Creeks at Fairfield and Fairfield West will be located in the proposed Division of McMahon
    • the Redistribution Committee had proposed locating this area in the proposed Division of Fowler
  • the localities of Edensor Park (to Smithfield Road), Bossley Park (except for the area east of Mimosa Road and north of Polding Street), Prairiewood (to King Road), Greenfield Park (to Smithfield Road) and the built-up area of Abbotsbury will be located in the proposed Division of Fowler
    • the Redistribution Committee had proposed locating these localities, or parts thereof, in the proposed Division of McMahon
  • parts of Badgerys Creek and Kemps Creek south of Elizabeth Drive, that part of Bringelly to the east of The Northern Road and north of Bringelly Road, and that part of Rossmore to the north of Bringelly Road will be located in the proposed Division of Werriwa
    • the Redistribution Committee had proposed locating this part of Badgerys Creek in the proposed Division of Hume
  • those parts of East Hills, Panania, Revesby and Padstow between the South Western Motorway and the East Hills Railway line will be located in the proposed Division of Banks
    • the Redistribution Committee had proposed locating this area in the proposed Division of Blaxland

Mr Cowdroy said that, with respect to the names of electoral divisions, the augmented Electoral Commission had adopted without change the names of electoral divisions proposed by the Redistribution Committee for New South Wales as detailed in its report of 16 October 2015: Proposed redistribution of New South Wales into electoral divisions.

The Division of Throsby will become the Division of Whitlam in honour of the former Prime Minister, the Hon. Edward Gough Whitlam AC QC (1916–2014). 

An overview of the augmented Electoral Commission’s conclusions on objections to the Redistribution Committee’s proposed redistribution is available.

In the opinion of the augmented Electoral Commission, its proposal is not significantly different from the proposal of the Redistribution Committee, and therefore no further input from members of the public will be sought.

The names and boundaries of the federal electoral divisions for New South Wales will apply from 25 February 2016 when a notice of determination is published in the Commonwealth Government Notices Gazette. Federal general elections for which the writ is issued after this date will be contested on the new electoral divisions.

Overview maps will be available on the AEC website on 25 February 2016. Detailed maps and a report outlining the augmented Electoral Commission’s reasons for its formal determination will be tabled in the Federal Parliament and will subsequently be made publicly available.

Editors’ notes

A Redistribution Committee is appointed for the state or territory in which a redistribution has commenced.

The Redistribution Committee for New South Wales consisted of:

  • the Electoral Commissioner,
  • the Australian Electoral Officer for New South Wales,
  • the Surveyor General for New South Wales, and
  • the acting Auditor-General of New South Wales.

The Redistribution Committee is responsible for considering inputs from the public and making a proposed redistribution.

The augmented Electoral Commission considers any objections to a proposed redistribution and makes a final determination of the names and boundaries of the redistributed divisions. The augmented Electoral Commission for New South Wales consists of:

  • the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission,
  • the non-judicial member of the Electoral Commission, currently the Australian Statistician,
  • the Electoral Commissioner,
  • the Australian Electoral Officer for New South Wales,
  • the Surveyor General for New South Wales, and
  • the acting Auditor-General of New South Wales.