Electoral Newsfile 115: Two Electoral Divisions in the Northern Territory

Updated: 7 February 2011

Electors in the Northern Territory will elect two members to the House of Representatives at the next federal election, following a Commonwealth Electoral Amendment Bill receiving Royal Assent on 20 April 2004.

Two Electoral Divisions in the Northern Territory

The Commonwealth Electoral Amendment Act 2004 sets aside the determination made in 2003, which saw the Northern Territory revert from two electoral divisions (Divisions of Lingiari and Solomon) to one (The Division of the Northern Territory). The amendment now replaces the Division of Northern Territory with the Divisions of Lingiari and Solomon.

As a result of this amendment, at the next federal election, Northern Territory electors will elect members to the House of Representatives for the Divisions of Lingiari and Solomon. The electoral boundaries for these Divisions remain the same as those in place for the 2001 election. Maps are available below.

The new Act amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918, and gives effect to the Government Response to the recommendations of the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters (JSCEM) in its report: Territory Representation (Report of the Inquiry into Increasing the Minimum Representation for the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory in the House of Representatives).

As at 30 April 2004 there were 56 747 people enrolled to vote in the Division of Lingiari and 52 723 people enrolled in the Division of Solomon.

The Australian Electoral Commission will inform people in the Northern Territory of the polling arrangements for the two divisions in the lead up to the next election.


Media Liaison

Members of the media are asked to use the Media Liaison and Head Office contact numbers listed rather than the general enquiry number 13 23 26 which appears on AEC advertising.

Central Office
Electoral Commissioner
Andy Becker
(02) 6271 4400
Assistant Commissioner
Public Awareness, Media & Research
Brien Hallett
(02) 6271 4477
Media & Communication
Phil Diak
(02) 6271 4415
Assistant Directors
Media & Communication
Margaret Meneghel
Roger Wills
Bernadette O'Meara
(02) 6271 4721
(02) 6271 4431
(02) 6271 4529
Editor, Newsfile
Shirley Weber
(02) 6271 4720

Redistribution Secretariat

Terry Rushton (02) 6271 4468

State/Territory Head Offices

The administration of a Federal Election in each State and Territory is under the control of the Australian Electoral Officer (AEO) for that State or Territory. An AEO for the ACT is temporarily appointed for each election.

AEOs may be contacted on the following numbers.
New South Wales
David Farrell Ph. (02) 9375 6333 Fx. (02) 9281 9384
Daryl Wight Ph. (03) 9285 7171 Fx. (03) 9285 7178
Anne Bright Ph. (07) 3834 3400Fx. (07) 3831 7223
Western Australia
Jennie Gzik Ph. (08) 6363 8080 Fx. (08) 6363 8051
South Australia
Chris Drury Ph. (08) 8237 6555 Fx. (08) 8231 2664
Alex Stanelos Ph. (03) 6235 0500 Fx. (03) 6234 4268
Northern Territory
Bill Shepheard Ph. (08) 8982 8000 Fx. (08) 8981 7964

Electoral Newsfiles

The following Newsfiles were published specifically for the 2003 Redistribution and are currently available from the AEC website.

  • Electoral Newsfile No. 110 2003 Redistribution Process Commences
  • Electoreal Newsfile No. 111 Proposals for Queensland announced
  • Electoreal Newsfile No. 112 Final Boundaries for Queensland
  • Electoreal Newsfile No. 113 Final BOundaries for South Australia


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