Names and boundaries of federal electoral divisions in Victoria decided

Updated: 29 June 2021

The augmented Electoral Commission for Victoria today announced the outcome of its deliberations on the names and boundaries of the 39 federal electoral divisions in Victoria.

The Hon. Justice Susan Kenny AM, the presiding member, thanked the individuals and organisations who contributed to the redistribution.

“All written objections and comments, as well as the information presented at the online inquiry, have been carefully considered in deciding the final names and boundaries,” Justice Kenny said.

“The augmented Electoral Commission has unanimously agreed to retain the name of the Division of Corangamite and to modify the boundaries of 20 of the electoral divisions initially proposed in March,” Justice Kenny said.

“The augmented Electoral Commission has also unanimously accepted the Redistribution Committee’s proposed boundary changes to the remaining electoral divisions and the creation of the new Division of Hawke.”

As a result of these modifications, fewer electors will change their electoral division. This article contains a brief outline of:

Electoral division names

The augmented Electoral Commission has adopted the majority of the names proposed by the Redistribution Committee for Victoria.

The exception is the decision to retain the name of the Division of Corangamite, which was previously proposed to be renamed the Division of Tucker.

Electoral division boundaries

The augmented Electoral Commission has modified the Redistribution Committee’s initial redistribution proposal by placing:

  • that portion of Berwick located south of Greaves Road and west of Clyde Road in the proposed Division of Bruce
    • the Redistribution Committee had proposed placing this portion of Berwick in the proposed Division of Holt
  • the portion of Narre Warren South located east of Narre Warren – Cranbourne Road and north of Glasscocks Road in the proposed Division of Bruce
    • the Redistribution Committee had proposed placing this portion of Narre Warren South in the proposed Division of Holt
  • the part of the locality of Burwood East bounded by Burwood Highway, Blackburn Road, Hawthorn Road and Mahoneys Road in the proposed Division of Chisholm, uniting the locality in the one electoral division
    • the Redistribution Committee had proposed transferring this part of Burwood East to the proposed Division of Deakin
  • the entirety of the locality of Inverleigh in the proposed Division of Corangamite
    • the Redistribution Committee had proposed splitting this locality across the proposed Divisions of Ballarat and Wannon
  • the locality of Hesse and part of the locality of Wingeel in the proposed Division of Corangamite
    • the Redistribution Committee had proposed transferring these areas to the proposed Division of Ballarat
  • that portion of the localities of South Yarra and Windsor located to the east of Punt Road and that portion of the locality of Prahran located between Punt Road and Williams Road in the proposed Division of Higgins
    • the Redistribution Committee had proposed placing these areas in the proposed Division of Macnamara
  • the entirety of the locality of Clyde and part of the locality of Tooradin in the proposed Division of Holt
    • the Redistribution Committee had proposed transferring these localities to the proposed Division of La Trobe
  • that portion of Hampton Park located to the north of Pound Road be located in the proposed Division of Holt
    • the Redistribution Committee had proposed transferring this area to the proposed Division of Bruce
  • the residential part of the locality of Lyndhurst, bounded by Western Port Highway, Thompsons Road and the Cranbourne rail line, in the proposed Division of Holt
    • the Redistribution Committee had proposed transferring this part of Lyndhurst  to the proposed Division of Isaacs
  • the part of the locality of Oakleigh East bounded by the Princes Highway, Ferntree Gully Road and Clayton Road in the proposed Division of Hotham, uniting the locality in the one electoral division
    • the Redistribution Committee had proposed transferring this portion of Oakleigh East to the proposed Division of Chisholm
  • the part of the locality of Dandenong, located to the south of the Pakenham-Cranbourne rail line and bounded by Eastlink, the Dandenong Bypass and the South Gippsland Highway, in the proposed Division of Isaacs. As a result of this move and the Lyndhurst move above, the proposed Division of Isaacs is the same as at the commencement of the redistribution
    • the Redistribution Committee had proposed transferring this part of Dandenong to the proposed Division of Bruce
  • the portion of the locality of Surrey Hills bounded by Riversdale Road, Elgar Road, Canterbury Road and Warrigal Road in the proposed Division of Kooyong, uniting the locality in the one electoral division
    • the Redistribution Committee had proposed placing this part of Surrey Hills in the proposed Division of Chisholm
  • that portion of Berwick located to the east of Harkaway Road and north of High Street/Princes Highway in the proposed Division of La Trobe
    • the Redistribution Committee had proposed placing this portion of Berwick in the proposed Division of Bruce
  • that portion of the locality of Harkaway located to the east of Harkaway Road in the proposed Division of La Trobe
    • the Redistribution Committee had proposed placing the locality of Harkaway, in its entirety, in the proposed Division of Bruce
  • the entirety of the localities of Caulfield, Caulfield East and Caulfield North, together with that portion of the locality of St Kilda East located to the east of Hotham Street and those portions of the localities of Elsternwick and Glen Huntly located to the north of Glen Huntly Road in the proposed Division of Macnamara.  As a result, the proposed Division of Macnamara is the same as at the commencement of the redistribution, except that the majority of the locality of Windsor has been transferred to the proposed Division of Higgins
    • the Redistribution Committee had proposed placing these areas in the proposed Division of Higgins

The augmented Electoral Commission has also made a small number of minor alterations, involving little or no elector movement, to adhere to features or administrative boundaries as a means of providing more easily recognisable electoral division boundaries.

Next steps

The augmented Electoral Commission notes this proposal is not significantly different from the Redistribution Committee’s proposal. Therefore, no further input from members of the public will be sought.

The names and boundaries of the federal electoral divisions for Victoria will apply from Monday 26 July 2021 when a notice of determination is published in the Commonwealth Government Notices Gazette. Electoral events will not be contested on these new federal electoral divisions until a writ for a full federal election is issued after the notice of determination is published.

Overview maps will be available on the AEC website on Monday 26 July 2021. Detailed maps and a report outlining the augmented Electoral Commission's reasons for its formal determination will be tabled in the Federal Parliament and will subsequently be made publicly available.

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