When is the next redistribution of my state or territory due?

Updated: 5 January 2017

The Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (the Electoral Act) requires that a redistribution process should be undertaken when:

  • the number of members of the House of Representatives to which a state or territory is entitled has changed,
  • the number of electors in more than one-third of the electoral divisions in a state (or one of the electoral divisions in the Australian Capital Territory or the Northern Territory) deviates from the average divisional enrolment by over ten per cent for a period of more than two months, or
  • a period of seven years has elapsed since the last redistribution process was determined.

Indicative timing

Unless a redistribution is required to start earlier or is deferred, the next redistribution will be due to commence within 30 days after seven years have elapsed since the most recent redistribution was determined.

Indicative timing
State/territory Most recent determination of a redistribution was on … A redistribution would be required to commence within 30 days of …
New South Wales 25 February 2016 25 February 2023
Victoria 24 December 2010 24 December 2017
Queensland 15 December 2009 A redistribution commenced on 6 January 2017.
Western Australia 19 January 2016 19 January 2023
South Australia 16 December 2011 16 December 2018
Tasmania 16 February 2009 A redistribution commenced on 1 September 2016. This redistribution was deferred in accordance with provisions of the Electoral Act.
Australian Capital Territory 28 January 2016 28 January 2023
Northern Territory 19 September 2008 A redistribution commenced on 15 October 2015.