Australian Electoral Commission

Profile of the electoral division of Newcastle (NSW)

Updated: 11 August 2015
New South Wales
Current, boundary gazetted 22 December 2009
Currently under redistribution, new boundaries will apply for next federal election held after 25 February 2016. If an election was called and the writs issued before this date, a mini-redistribution would be required.
AEC Divisional Office:
Divisional Office contact details
Maps & GIS data:
A4 map of the Division of Newcastle (2009) [PDF 124KB]
Map of the Division of Newcastle (2009) [PDF 2.3MB]
Download GIS data
Name derivation:
Named after the city of Newcastle which was named by Governor King in 1804.
Area and Location Description:
Newcastle covers an area of approximately 354 sq km from Williamtown, Heatherbrae and Thornton in the north, Lenaghan in the west to Kotara and Adamstown Heights in the south. The main suburbs include Adamstown, Birmingham Gardens, Broadmeadow, Carrington, Cooks Hill, Hamilton, Heatherbrae, Islington, Mayfield, Merewether, Newcastle, New Lambton, Sandgate, Shortland, Stockton, The Junction, Tighes Hill, Waratah, Wickham, Williamtown and parts of Adamstown Heights, Lambton, Jesmond, Kotara, Salt Ash, Thornton and Wallsend.
Products/industries of the area:
Ship-building and repairs, transport equipment, tourism, tertiary education, food-processing, railway goods, chemicals and heavy engineering. Newcastle is the second largest city in NSW and is a busy port, handling imports and exports.
First proclaimed/election:
Demographic rating:
Claydon, S (ALP) 2013–
Grierson, S (ALP) 2001–2013
Morris, A (ALP) 1983–2001
Jones, C K (ALP) 1958–1983
Watkins, D O (FLP/ALP) 1935–1958
Watkins, D (ALP/FLP) 1901–1935
Current member details:
Please refer to the Parliament of Australia website
Further information:
2013 federal election – House of Representatives results for Newcastle
2010 federal election – House of Representatives results for Newcastle
2007 federal election – House of Representatives results for Newcastle
2004 federal election – House of Representatives results for Newcastle
2013 divisional profile
For supporting information, see Party codes, demographic ratings and seat status.