Names and boundaries of federal electoral divisions in Victoria decided

Updated: 20 June 2018

The augmented Electoral Commission for Victoria today announced the outcome of its deliberations on the names and boundaries of the 38 federal electoral divisions in Victoria.

Mr Tom Rogers, the presiding member and Electoral Commissioner, thanked the individuals and organisations who contributed to the redistribution.

“All written objections and comments as well as the information presented at the inquiries in Winchelsea and Melbourne have been carefully considered in deciding the final boundaries,” Mr Rogers said.

“The augmented Electoral Commission has unanimously agreed to rename the Division of Batman to recognise William Cooper, and to modify the boundaries of 22 of the electoral divisions initially proposed.  The augmented Electoral Commission has also unanimously accepted the Redistribution Committee’s proposed boundary changes to the remaining electoral divisions, the creation of the new Division of Fraser, and the adoption of three of the Redistribution Committee’s proposed new names.“

Below is a brief outline of:

Editor’s notes:

  • Initial proposal for the redistribution of Victoria (6 April 2018)
  • Written objections and comments on those objections are all available via the AEC website as well as a full overview of the augmented Electoral Commission's conclusions on objections.
  • Further information about the redistribution process
  • ACT redistribution: The augmented Electoral Commission for the Australian Capital Territory is still deliberating on the names and boundaries of the three federal electoral divisions in the Australian Capital Territory.
  • SA redistribution: The augmented Electoral Commission for South Australia is still deliberating on the names and boundaries of the 10 federal electoral divisions in South Australia.

Electoral division names

Mr Rogers said that the augmented Electoral Commission had adopted the majority of the names proposed by the Redistribution Committee for Victoria with the following alterations.

  • retaining the name of the Division of Corangamite (previously proposed to be renamed the Division of Cox), and
  • renaming the Division of Batman to ‘Cooper’, to recognise the contributions of William Cooper.

William Cooper

Mr Cooper was a spokesman for Aboriginal people who, as secretary of the Australian Aborigines League presented a petition and led deputations to authorities, calling for direct representation in parliament, enfranchisement, land rights and federal control of Aboriginal affairs.

In 1938 Mr Cooper lodged a personal protest against the treatment of European Jews in Nazi Germany following Kristallnacht.

Victorian division names

Once the redistribution is formally determined on 13 July 2018:

  • 11 of Victoria’s 38 electoral divisions (28.95%) will be named for an Aboriginal person or word,
  • the number of Victoria’s electoral divisions named after women will have increased by one to five, as well as one electoral division being jointly named for a wife and husband, and
  • more than 25% of Victoria’s electoral divisions names will be that of an original federation electoral division

Boundaries

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

  • the part of the locality of Kilsyth in Yarra Ranges Shire Council in the proposed Division of Casey
    • the Redistribution Committee had proposed locating this part of the locality in the proposed Division of Deakin
  • the entirety of the locality of Vermont South in the proposed Division of Deakin
    • the Redistribution Committee had proposed locating part of this locality in the proposed Division of Chisholm
  • the part of the locality of Surrey Hills to the east of Warrigal Road and south of Canterbury Road in the proposed Division of Chisholm
    • the Redistribution Committee had proposed locating this part of the locality in the proposed Division of Kooyong
  • the entirety of the localities of Bulla, Clarkefield and Wildwood, and part of the localities of Diggers Rest and Oaklands Junction, in the proposed Division of McEwen
    • the Redistribution Committee had proposed locating these localities in the proposed Division of Calwell, with the exception of part of Diggers Rest which was proposed to be located in the Division of Gorton
  • the localities of Barunah Park, Barunah Plains and Wingeel in the proposed Division of Corangamite
    • the Redistribution Committee had proposed locating these localities in the proposed Division of Wannon
  • the locality of Gowanbrae, and those parts of the localities of Keilor Park and Tullamarine south of the Western Ring Road, in the proposed Division of Maribyrnong
    • the Redistribution Committee had proposed locating these areas in the proposed Division of Calwell
  •  the part of the locality of Springvale to the east of Springvale Road in the proposed Division of Bruce
    • the Redistribution Committee had proposed locating some of this area in the proposed Division of Hotham
  • the part of the locality of Springvale South to the west of Springvale Road, and all of the locality of Clayton South in the proposed Division of Hotham
    • the Redistribution Committee had proposed locating these areas in the proposed Division of Isaacs
  • the entirety of Knox City Council in the proposed Division of Aston, including part of the locality of Upper Ferntree Gully and the entirety of the locality of Rowville
    • the Redistribution Committee had proposed locating this part of Upper Ferntree Gully in the proposed Division of Casey and part of the  locality of Rowville in the proposed Division of Bruce
  • those parts of the localities of Dandenong, Keysborough and Noble Park to the east of Eastlink and to the south of the Pakenham Railway line in the proposed Division of Isaacs
    • the Redistribution Committee had proposed locating these areas in the proposed Division of Bruce
  • the localities of Bunyip North, Garfield North, Maryknoll, Tonimbuk and Tynong North in the proposed Division of Monash
    • the Redistribution Committee had proposed locating these localities in the proposed Division of La Trobe
  • the entirety of the locality of Williams Landing in the proposed Division of Gellibrand
    • the Redistribution Committee had proposed locating part of this locality in the proposed Division of Lalor

    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.

    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 Friday 13 July 2018 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 is issued for a full federal election.

    Overview maps will be available on the AEC website on Friday 13 July 2018. 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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