Electoral Newsfile 83: 1999 Redistribution of Federal Electoral Boundaries - Proposal for Tasmania Announced

Updated: 7 February 2011

On 14 April 1999, the Electoral Commission directed that a Redistribution of electoral boundaries commence in Tasmania, as a period of seven years after the day on which the State was last distributed had expired. The redistribution process was outlined in Electoral Newsfile number 80. Following a public consultation process, which resulted in the receipt of seven suggestions and one comment, the Redistribution Committee for Tasmania has announced its proposals for the names and boundaries of the five redistributed federal Electoral Divisions in the State.

In the formation of its proposals the Redistribution Committee was mindful of its obligations to address the criteria in Section 66(3)(a) and (b) of the

Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918. These require that each proposed Division is kept as close as practicable to projected average enrolment and that the Committee takes into account communities of interest, communication and transport links, natural features and current boundaries.

The proposed Divisions

Tasmania is experiencing moderate to low levels of growth with the existing Divisions of Braddon (lowest) and Lyons (highest) appearing at the opposite extremes of the growth ranges. As these two Divisions adjoin one another, with Braddon not sharing any of its existing boundaries with any other Division, the Redistribution Committee was able to address their numerical imbalances by transferring the entire Latrobe Local Government Area from the Division of Lyons into the Division of Braddon. This transfer not only fulfils the Section 66(3)(a) numerical objectives but it also clearly addresses each of the criteria in Section 66(3)(b).

The other three existing Divisions in the State (Bass, Denison and Franklin) comfortably conform with all the Section 66(3)(a) and (b) criteria and the Redistribution Committee was persuaded that there was no necessity to make significant changes to their existing boundaries. A map outlining the proposed Divisions, and a statistical summary for each Division, are included in this Newsfile.

Names of proposed Divisions

The Redistribution Committee believes that the proposed Divisions are readily identifiable with existing Divisions and it has therefore also proposed that current Divisional names be retained.


Electoral Commissioner Mr Bill Gray AM

Australian Electoral Officer for Tasmania (A/g) Mr Alex Stanelos

Surveyor General of Tasmania Mr Christopher Rowe

Auditor-General of Tasmania Dr Arthur McHugh

Further Information The proposed Redistribution was advertised in the Commonwealth Gazette, the Advocate, the Examiner and the Mercury on Friday 20 August 1999.

The Redistribution Committee's report, including a detailed map, was also published on Friday 20 August 1999. The Report is available for inspection at all Divisional Offices of the Australian Electoral Commission in Tasmania, at the Commission's Head Office in each capital city and its Central Office in Canberra, and at each Service Tasmania shopfront.

For the address of the nearest Australian Electoral Commission office, please ring 13 23 26 (cost of a local call).

Copies of the report are available from the office of the:

Australian Electoral Officer for Tasmania
8th Floor, AMP Building 86 Collins Street
Hobart TAS 7001

PH: (03) 6235 0500

FAX: (03) 6234 4268

The report and outline maps can also be viewed at the Australian Electoral Commission's website, www.aec.gov.au.

Further Public Consultation Objections to the Redistribution Committee's proposed boundaries and names must be lodged with the Australian Electoral Commission at the address shown above by 6pm on Friday 17 September 1999.

These objections will be available for public inspection at the office of the Australian Electoral Officer for Tasmania from 9am on Monday 20 September 1999. Comments on any objections must be received at the office of the Australian Electoral Officer for Tasmania by 6pm on Friday 1 October 1999.

All objections and comments will be considered by the augmented Electoral Commission, which consists of the Chairman of the Electoral Commission, The Hon Trevor Morling QC; the non-judicial Commissioner, Mr Bill McLennan AM, Australian Statistician, and the Redistribution Committee for Tasmania. The augmented Electoral Commission may hold public hearings and, if necessary, will make a revised proposal. The augmented Commission will also consider any further objections lodged in response to a revised proposal, and will then make a final determination of Divisional boundaries and names.

Details of the determination will be published and tabled in Federal Parliament. The final determination is not subject to appeal. The new boundaries will come into effect at the next General Election.

What is a redistribution? A redistribution is a redrawing of electoral boundaries to ensure that, as nearly as is practicable, there are the same number of electors in each Division within a State or Territory.

A quota is used to determine the number of Divisions to which each State and Territory is entitled. At the time of a Redistribution, the number of people enrolled in each new electoral Division may not vary from the State average by more than 10%. The boundaries are drawn so that after 3.5 years (30 June 2003 for Tasmania), the number of people enrolled in each Division should not vary from the State average by more than 3.5%.

What causes a redistribution? The Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 defines three triggers that can cause a redistribution. A redistribution is held when:

  1. there is a change in the State or Territory's entitlement to Members of the House of Representatives; or
  2. the number of electors in more than one-third of the Divisions in a State or in one of the ACT Divisions deviates from the average Divisional enrolment by more than 10 per cent in three consecutive months; or
  3. seven years has elapsed since the State or Territory was last redistributed.

Previous Tasmanian redistributions Tasmania was last redistributed in 1992.

Proposed name of Division Number of electors at 14 April 1999 % above or below quota Projected enrolment at 30 June 2003 % above or below average enrolment at 30 June 2003 Area (sq km)
Bass 64985 -0.45 56751 -0.97 7229
Braddon 67360 3.19 68640 1.83 11760
Denison 66267 1.51 67936 0.78 221
Franklin 65285 0.01 68084 1.00 7933
Lyons 62499 -4.26 65623 -2.65 40717
Average 65279   67407   13572
Totals 326396   337034   67860
  Actual at 14 April 1999 Projected for 30 June 2003
Number of Members of the House of Representatives to which Tasmania is entitled 5 5
Number of electors in Tasmania 326 396 337 034
Average Divisional enrolment 65 279 67 407
Maximum number of electors in a Division 71 806 69 766
Minimum number of electors in a Division 58 752 65 048

AEC Contacts

Central Office

Electoral Commissioner (02) 6271 4400
Bill Gray

Deputy Electoral Commissioner (02) 6271 4410
Andy Becker

Director, Information (02) 6271 4415
Brien Hallett

Assistant Director, Information (02) 6271 4431
Silvana Puizina

Editor, Newsfile (02) 6271 4505
Margaret Meneghel

State/Territory Head Offices

The administration of federal elections in each State and Territory is under the control of the Australian Electoral Officer (AEO) for that State or Territory.

AEOs may be contacted on the following numbers.

New South Wales
Frances Howat Ph. (02) 9375 6333 Fx. (02) 9281 9384

David Muffet Ph. (03) 9285 7171 Fx. (03) 9285 7178

Bob Longland Ph. (07) 3834 3400 Fx. (07) 3831 7223

Western Australia
Andrew Moyes Ph. (08) 9470 7299 Fx. (08) 9472 3551

South Australia
Geoff Halsey Ph. (08) 8237 6555 Fx. (08) 8231 2664

Alex Stanelos (Acting) Ph. (03) 6235 0500 Fx. (03) 6234 4268

Northern Territory
Kathy Mitchell (Acting) Ph. (08) 8981 1477 Fx. (08) 8981 7964

Redistribution Secretariat contacts

Wayne Seymour Ph. (02) 6271 4688

National Enquiry Sevice 13 23 26 from anywhere in Australia for the cost of a local call.

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