Suggestions open for the ACT federal redistribution

Updated: 25 October 2017

The AEC today invited members of the public to submit written suggestions about the redistribution of federal electoral divisions in the ACT.

The Chair of the Redistribution Committee for the ACT (the Committee) and Australian Electoral Commissioner, Tom Rogers said recent population and enrolment growth in areas of the ACT would see significant changes to existing boundaries.

“The increase in the ACT’s entitlement from two to three members of parliament means there will be significant boundary changes to ensure all divisions meet strict numerical criteria,” Mr Rogers said.

"In addition to numerical requirements, the Committee will consider communities of interest, means of travel and physical features of proposed divisions.”

Suggestions may refer to the names of electoral divisions, their geographical boundaries or a combination of both these elements.

Submitting a suggestion

  • Online: www.aec.gov.au/act-redistribution
  • Email: FedRedistribution-ACT@aec.gov.au
  • In person: Redistribution Committee for the ACT, Australian Electoral Commission, 50 Marcus Clarke Street, Canberra
  • Mail: Redistribution Committee for the ACT, Australian Electoral Commission, Locked Bag 4007, Canberra ACT 2601
  • Fax: 02 6293 7660

Suggestions must be received by the Committee by 6pm AEDT Friday 24 November

The Committee will continue its consultation process by making all suggestions received available for public inspection from Monday 27 November. The public will then have until 6pm AEDT on Friday 8 December 2017 to lodge written comments on suggestions.

Editor’s notes:

  • Further information about the redistribution process
  • Guidance on making submissions
  • Under section 56AA of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918:
    • the whole of the Jervis Bay Territory is included in one federal electoral division in the ACT,
    • until such time as Norfolk Island is entitled to a member of the House of Representatives, Norfolk Island is to be included in one federal electoral division in the ACT.
    • if there is more than one electoral division in the ACT, the Jervis Bay Territory and Norfolk Island are to be located in different electoral divisions.  Norfolk Island is currently located in the Division of Canberra and the Jervis Bay Territory is currently located in the Division of Fenner.