Redistributions of federal electoral boundaries in Victoria, South Australia and the ACT have meant seat gains and losses

Rebekha Sharkie: "Kangaroo Islanders do not want their MP based in the southern suburbs of Adelaide.” Photo: Supplied.

Rebekha Sharkie: "Kangaroo Islanders do not want their MP based in the southern suburbs of Adelaide.” Photo: Supplied.

Redistributions of federal electoral boundaries in Victoria, South Australia and the ACT formally commenced on September 4, 2017.

The redistribution processes were triggered following a determination 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.

Australian Electoral Commissioner, Tom Rogers said that the commencement sets a time frame for the determination of each process.

Mr Rogers said, “Based on population changes, it was determined Victoria and the ACT would each gain one seat and South Australia would lose one seat at the next federal election.”

Federal MP Rebekha Sharkie said her electorate of Mayo should not be the seat cut from South Australia’s tally of 11 seats.

"This is a sad day for South Australia," Ms Sharkie said.

“I’m totally opposed to Mayo being absorbed into other electorates to accommodate the ruling of the AEC.

“My community has made it extremely clear to me during the AEC’s deliberations that they are opposed to losing the seat, irrespective of which party wins the next election.

“Kangaroo Islanders do not want their MP based in the southern suburbs of Adelaide.” 

Independent Redistribution Committees will be appointed to each redistribution and the Committees will be supported by small secretariats of staff from the AEC.

The redistribution process provides opportunities for individuals and organisations to propose where the electoral division boundaries could be located, or the name of an electoral division.

Members of the public will be invited to submit their suggestions about the redistribution in October/November 2017. 

Indicative timetables for each federal redistribution process are available at: aec.gov.au/redistribution. 

The changed entitlements are:

  • SA: Decrease from 11 to 10 seats.
  • Victoria: Increase from 37 to 38 seats.
  • ACT: Increase from two to three seats.
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