How would a mini-redistribution work for South Australia?

Updated: 4 September 2017

For general information about how mini-redistributions work, see: How would a mini-redistribution work?

Will a mini-redistribution of South Australia be required?

A mini-redistribution of South Australia will only be required if the Governor-General issues the writ for a general election for the House of Representatives before 20 July 2018.

Who would conduct a mini-redistribution of South Australia?

In accordance with sub-section 76(2) of the Electoral Act, a mini-redistribution of South Australia would be conducted by:

  • the Electoral Commissioner
  • the Australian Electoral Officer for South Australia.

What are the pairs of contiguous electoral divisions for South Australia?

A list of the pairs of contiguous electoral divisions is available in: South Australia – contiguous electoral divisions

What enrolment data should be used?

The enrolment data as at the end of the month is published on the online Commonwealth Government Notices Gazette.

This monthly enrolment data is also published on the AEC website, including as a csv file. 

As this data is only published on the AEC website once it has been published in Gazette, users are reminded to check to ensure they are using the most recently published enrolment data.

Which mini-redistribution approach would apply in South Australia?

As the Electoral Commissioner determined on 31 August 2017 that South Australia’s entitlement to members of the House of Representatives increased by one from two to three, the steps to be followed would be:

  1. The Redistribution Commissioners prepare a list identifying all the pairs of contiguous electoral divisions in South Australia
  2. The number of electors enrolled in each possible pair of contiguous electoral divisions is identified.  This is done by using the enrolment statistics for South Australia published in the Gazette immediately prior to the relevant day – that is, using the enrolment statistics published in the Gazette immediately prior to the day on which the Governor-General issued the writs for a general House of Representatives election
  3. The Redistribution Commissioners set aside the pair of contiguous electoral divisions with the smallest number of electors enrolled
  4. The Redistribution Commissioners combine the set aside pair of contiguous electoral divisions into one electoral division
  5. The Redistribution Commissioners will name the new electoral division after both of the old divisions with these names in alphabetical order and hyphenated.  The new electoral division will be given the name of the Division of Y-Z
  6. The Redistribution Commissioners sign the written instrument determining the names and boundaries of electoral divisions in the state or territory.

Some scenarios showing how this would work are available in: How would a mini-redistribution work in practice?