Who makes the final redistribution and what factors do they consider?

Updated: 1 May 2017

Who will make the final redistribution of Tasmania?

The final redistribution will be made by the augmented Electoral Commission for Tasmania.

Section 70 of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (the Electoral Act) requires that, for each redistribution of a state or territory, there will be established an augmented Electoral Commission for that state or territory. The Electoral Act also specifies the membership of the augmented Electoral Commission.

The augmented Electoral Commission for Tasmania is:
Position on the augmented Electoral Commission Name Basis for membership
Chair The Hon. Dennis Cowdroy OAM QC Chairperson of the Electoral Commission
Member Mr David Kalisch non-judicial member of the Electoral Commission
Member* Mr Tom Rogers Electoral Commissioner
Member* Mr David Molnar Australian Electoral Officer for Tasmania
Member* Mr Michael Giudici Surveyor General of Tasmania
Member* Mr Rod Whitehead Auditor-General of Tasmania

Note: * indicates the members of the Redistribution Committee for Tasmania.

What is the augmented Electoral Commission for Tasmania responsible for?

The augmented Electoral Commission is responsible for:

  • considering all objections to the Redistribution Committee’s proposed redistribution and all comments on objections which were received by the specified lodgement times,
  • developing a proposed redistribution of Tasmania in accordance with the requirements of the Electoral Act,
  • conducting an inquiry into objections, should one be required,
  • determining the names and boundaries of electoral divisions in Tasmania, and
  • making the reasons for the augmented Electoral Commission’s determination available for public perusal.

What factors will the augmented Electoral Commission for Tasmania consider when making their redistribution of Tasmania?

The Electoral Act requires the augmented Electoral Commission for Tasmania to comply with the following factors when making their redistribution:

  • Tasmania is to be divided into the same number of electoral divisions as the number of members of the House of Representatives to be chosen in Tasmania at a general election (sub-section 73(3) of the Electoral Act)
  • consideration of all objections and comments on objections received by the lodgement time (sub-section 72(1) of the Electoral Act)
    • All written objections received by 6pm (AEDT) Friday 2 June 2017 and all written comments on objections received by 6pm (AEDT) Friday 16 June 2017 will be considered by the augmented Electoral Commission in the development of their proposed redistribution.
  • as far as practicable, the number of electors enrolled in each electoral division in Tasmania at the projection time would not be more than plus 3.5 per cent, or less than minus 3.5 per cent, of the projected enrolment quota (paragraph 73(4)(a) of the Electoral Act)
    • As far as practicable, the number of electors enrolled in each electoral division in Tasmania at the projection time of 14 May 2021 must be between 74,289 and 79,677.
  • the number of electors enrolled in each electoral division in Tasmania would not be more than plus 10 per cent, or less than minus 10 per cent, of the current enrolment quota (sub-section 73(4) of the Electoral Act)
    • The number of electors enrolled in each electoral division in Tasmania must be between 67,513 and 82,515.
  • in relation to each proposed electoral division, give due consideration to:
    1. community of interests within the proposed electoral division, including economic, social and regional interests
    2. means of communication and travel within the proposed electoral division
    3. the physical features and area of the proposed electoral division, and
    4. the boundaries of existing electoral divisions in Tasmania, with this factor being subordinate to the consideration i, ii and iv (paragraph 73(4)(b) and sub-section 73(4A) of the Electoral Act
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