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

Updated: 19 March 2021

Who will make the final redistribution of Victoria?

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

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 will be:

  • the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission;
  • the non-judicial member of the Electoral Commission; and
  • the members of the Redistribution Committee for Victoria.

The augmented Electoral Commission for Victoria is:

Position on the augmented Electoral Commission

Name

Basis for membership

Chair

The Hon. Justice Susan Kenny AM

Chairperson of the Electoral Commission

Member

Dr David Gruen

non-judicial member of the Electoral Commission

Member*

Mr Tom Rogers

Electoral Commissioner

Member*

Mr Nye Coffey

Acting Australian Electoral Officer for Victoria

Member*

Mr Craig Sandy

Surveyor-General of Victoria

Member*

Mr Andrew Greaves

Auditor-General for Victoria

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

What is the augmented Electoral Commission for Victoria 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 Victoria 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 Victoria, and
  • making the reasons for the augmented Electoral Commission’s determination available for public perusal.

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

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

  • Victoria 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 Victoria at a general election (sub-section 73(3) of the Electoral Act)
    • As Victoria is entitled to 39 members of House of Representatives, as determined by the Electoral Commissioner on Friday 3 July 2020, the augmented Electoral Commission will propose 39 electoral divisions for Victoria.
  • 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 AEST Friday 16 April 2021 and all written comments on objections received by 6pm AEST Friday 30 April 2021 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 Victoria 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 federal electoral division in Victoria at the projection time of Sunday 26 January 2025 must be between 113,009 and 121,205.
  • the number of electors enrolled in each electoral division in Victoria 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 federal electoral division in Victoria must be between 98,119 and 119,923.
  • in relation to each proposed electoral division, give due consideration to:
  1. i. community of interests within the proposed electoral division, including economic, social and regional interests
  2. ii. means of communication and travel within the proposed electoral division
  1. iv. the physical features and area of the proposed electoral division, and
  2. v. the boundaries of existing electoral divisions in Victoria, 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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