The AEC invites public submissions regarding the conduct of a federal redistribution in a state or territory. This includes:
The redistribution timetable outlines the legislative timeframes for lodging public suggestions. All submissions lodged by the legislative deadlines are considered during the redistribution process. Submissions received after 6pm on the specified day are not able to be considered as part of the redistribution process. The indicative timetable for the state or territory redistribution indicates the day on which submissions must be made.
A submission may contain facts, opinions, arguments or recommendations relating to the redrawing of electoral divisions being undertaken within a state or territory.
A submission could be made by an individual or a group. Community groups or a collective of individuals intending to make a submission on the same topic, such as the name of a division, may choose to use a petition attached to one submission to the Redistribution Committee or augmented Electoral Commission.
Submissions can cover all of the state or territory undergoing redistribution or only some of it. It is recommended that people or organisations lodging a submission refer to the redistribution criteria used by the Redistribution Committee, outlined in section 66 of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918, and by the augmented Electoral Commission, outlined in section 73 of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918.
In constructing your submission, the following will help readers:
If your submission 'reflects adversely' on another person (for example, accusing them of lying or corrupt behaviour), it may be sent to that person so they can reply.
The best way to lodge a submission is online. Information regarding lodging a submission will be available on AEC website at the appropriate time. Other options for lodging submissions will also be available.
Submissions can only be lodged in the form of a document. It is not possible to accept submissions in the form of a link or url address.
When lodging your submission, the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 requires it to be received by 6pm for it to be considered.
Submissions are public documents and are made available after the relevant submission period expires to any member of the public:
Your signature and address will not be placed on the publicly available copy of your submission. However, it is important that you continue to supply your address as it can inform the deliberations of the Redistribution Committee and the augmented Electoral Commission.