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Published Date 16 Sep 2020

 

 

Redistribution of Federal Electoral divisions IN VICTORIA

SUGGESTIONS AND COMMENTS ON SUGGESTIONS

 

In accordance with section 64 of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (the Electoral Act), the Electoral Commissioner invites interested persons or organisations to make written suggestions, from Wednesday 16 September 2020, about the redistribution of federal electoral divisions for the House of Representatives in Victoria; and to make written comments on the suggestions which are lodged.

WHY IS A REDISTRIBUTION REQUIRED?

A redistribution of federal electoral divisions in Victoria is required following a determination on Friday 3 July 2020 of the number of members of the House of Representatives to which each state and territory will be entitled at the next federal general election. Victoria’s entitlement increased from 38 to 39 members of the House of Representatives. On Wednesday 15 July 2020, in accordance with section 59 of the Electoral Act, the Electoral Commission directed that a redistribution commence.

WHO WILL CONDUCT THE REDISTRIBUTION?

The redistribution will be conducted by a Redistribution Committee appointed by the Electoral Commission in accordance with section 60 of the Electoral Act.

The Electoral Act requires that the Redistribution Committee for Victoria comprise the Electoral Commissioner, the Australian Electoral Officer for Victoria, and two senior officials based in Victoria.

LEGAL REQUIREMENTS FOR A REDISTRIBUTION

In making its proposed redistribution, the Redistribution Committee is bound by section 66 of the Electoral Act.

The number of electors in each proposed electoral division must not deviate by more than 10 per cent above or below the current enrolment quota.  The current enrolment quota for Victoria was determined by the Electoral Commissioner to be 109,021.

As far as practicable, the Redistribution Committee will ensure that the number of electors enrolled in each electoral division at Sunday 26 January 2025 (the projection time) will not deviate by more than 3.5 per cent above or below the projected enrolment quota of 117,107.

The actual and projected enrolment figures, current and projected enrolment quotas, and the redistribution timetable, are available on the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) website: www.aec.gov.au/vic-redistribution

Section 66 of the Electoral Act also provides that the Redistribution Committee:

‘give due consideration, in relation to each proposed Electoral Division, to:

(i)         community of interests within the proposed Electoral Division, including economic, social and regional interests;

(ii)            means of communication and travel within the proposed Electoral Division;

(iv)        the physical features and area of the proposed Electoral Division; and

(v)        the boundaries of existing Divisions in the State or Territory’

Consideration of existing boundaries is subordinate to the other factors set out above.

THE BOUNDARIES OF THE ELECTORAL DIVISIONS WILL CHANGE

Inserting a new federal electoral division will require consequential changes to be made to the boundaries of existing federal electoral divisions.

In addition, on the boundaries in place when the redistribution commenced on Wednesday 15 July 2020:

·                all federal electoral divisions meet the requirement to be within plus and minus 10 per cent of the current enrolment quota of 109,021, and

·                19 electoral divisions do not meet the requirement to be within plus and minus 3.5 per cent of the projected enrolment quota of 117,107 at the projection time of Sunday 26 January 2025.

As a consequence, the Redistribution Committee will be required to adjust the boundaries of electoral divisions so that the requirements of the Electoral Act can be met. In adjusting the boundaries of the 19 federal electoral divisions which do not currently meet the required parameters, it may become necessary to adjust the boundaries of other electoral divisions. This will ensure they also meet the required parameters.

THE REDISTRIBUTION PROCESS

The redistribution is carried out in accordance with the Electoral Act.  The key stages of the redistribution process are as follows.

Step 1 - Suggestions

Any interested person or organisation who wishes to make suggestions relating to the boundaries or names of electoral divisions, has until 6pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT) Friday 16 October 2020 to lodge them in writing with the Redistribution Committee via the means listed in the ‘How to lodge a suggestion or comment on a suggestion’ section below. Suggestions received after the prescribed lodgement time cannot be considered.

People or organisations making suggestions are requested, where practical, to provide any paper maps in A4/A3 size to facilitate copying.

Step 2 - Comments on the suggestions

The suggestions will be available for public inspection from Monday 19 October 2020 on the AEC’s website (www.aec.gov.au/vic-redistribution).

Subject to the office being open, suggestions will also be available for public inspection at the office of the Australian Electoral Officer for Victoria (Level 8, Casselden. 2 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne) by appointment made with the secretariat.  Advice will be provided on the AEC website at www.aec.gov.au/vic-redistribution if this option is available.

Any comments on the suggestions must be lodged in writing with the Redistribution Committee by 6pm (AEDT) Friday 30 October 2020. Comments received after the prescribed lodgement time cannot be considered.

Step 3 - Redistribution proposal

After considering the written suggestions and comments, the Redistribution Committee will propose a redistribution of federal electoral divisions for Victoria. Maps showing the proposed boundaries and names of electoral divisions will then be published in selected newspapers and on the AEC website and will be made available at all AEC offices in Victoria, subject to offices being open.  Further advice about how to access information will be provided when the information is being available.

Step 4 - Objections to the proposed redistribution

Objections to the proposed redistribution must be lodged within 28 days of the publication of the proposed redistribution. There is a further 14 day period for lodgement of written comments on any objections.

Step 5 - Objections considered by the augmented Electoral Commission

The augmented Electoral Commission for Victoria considers all objections and comments on objections. The augmented Electoral Commission comprises the members of the Redistribution Committee together with the Chairperson of the AEC and the third member of the Electoral Commission.

Step 6 - The second redistribution proposal

After it has considered all objections and comments, the augmented Electoral Commission will make its own proposed redistribution.

Step 7 - Further objections

If, in the opinion of the augmented Electoral Commission, their proposal is significantly different from the Redistribution Committee’s proposal, the augmented Electoral Commission will invite further objections.

Step 8 - Final determination

After considering all submissions the augmented Electoral Commission will make a final determination of boundaries and names of the electoral divisions for Victoria by notice published in the Commonwealth Government Notices Gazette.

For more information about the redistribution process visit the AEC’s website: www.aec.gov.au/vic-redistribution

HOW TO LODGE A SUGGESTION OR A COMMENT ON A SUGGESTION

Suggestions and comments on suggestions should be lodged via the AEC website at www.aec.gov.au/vic-redistribution.  Suggestions and comments on suggestions can also be submitted by:

  • Email: FedRedistribution-VIC@aec.gov.au
  • Fax: 02 6293 7664
  • Post: Redistribution Committee for Victoria, Australian Electoral Commission, Locked Bag 4007, Canberra ACT 2601
Public availability of suggestions and comments on suggestions

The Electoral Act requires that submissions to the Redistribution Committee be made publicly available. Copies of all submissions will be made available in full for public inspection on the AEC website and, subject to the office being open, at the office of the Australian Electoral Officer for Victoria (Level 8, Casselden. 2 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne).

All submissions will also be published in full in reports produced by the Redistribution Committee and the augmented Electoral Commission.  

Signatures and address details of people and organisations that lodge written submissions will be removed prior to publication.

It is strongly recommended those wishing to make suggestions or comments on suggestions read the ‘Guidelines for making a suggestion.’

MORE INFORMATION

Persons or organisations intending to make submissions to the Redistribution Committee are urged to take account of the requirements of the Electoral Act. In particular, those making submissions are advised to ensure their submissions are in the possession of the Redistribution Committee for Victoria’s secretariat by the relevant closing time.

A wide range of information is available on the AEC’s website, including:

·         the legal requirements for a federal redistribution as outlined in Part IV of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918, which can be access on the AEC webpage – www.aec.gov.au/About_AEC/index.htm  

·         general information about the redistribution process – www.aec.gov.au/Electorates/Redistributions/

 

Further information can be obtained from the Redistribution Secretariat:

Phone number: 03 9285 7197

Email address: FedRedistribution-VIC@aec.gov.au

 

Redistribution of VICTORIAN electoral boundaries

Information about the 2020–21 redivision of Victoria’s state electoral boundaries is available at:  www.ebc.vic.gov.au/

This redivision is a separate process and is not related to federal parliament.

 

 

 

Tom Rogers

Electoral Commissioner