Australian Electoral Commission

Guidelines for making public submissions to a Redistribution

Updated: 1 February 2011

The AEC invites suggestions, comments on the suggestions, objections, and comments on the objections (collectively called public submissions) in relation to a proposed redistribution.

The redistribution timetable outlines the legislative timeframes for lodging public suggestions. All submissions lodged by the legislative deadlines are considered during the redistribution process.

Making a Submission

There is no prescribed format for a submission.

A submission may be any length. If the submission is longer than a few pages, it is useful to include a summary at the front.

A submission may contain facts, opinions, arguments or recommendations. It can cover all of the proposed redistribution or only some of it. Supporting documents may be attached.

Where practical, A4 size maps are preferred to facilitate copying.

If maps in spatial data format are provided with the submission, please also attach paper or Portable Document Format (PDF) versions of the maps where possible to assist with clarity.

If your submission 'reflects adversely' on another person (for example, accusing them of lying or corrupt behaviour), it may be sent to that person so they can reply.

It may be useful to refer to the 'Frequently Asked Questions' and 'Redistribution Overview' sections as they outline the criteria used to draw electoral boundaries.

Submissions on the AEC website are normally placed there in PDF. Adobe provides tools for the vision impaired to access PDF documents. These may assist you in viewing the submissions made. The free software is available from Adobe.


Submissions are public documents. They are available to any member of the public in the following ways:

  • by public inspection at the AEC State Office to which the redistribution relates;
  • on the AEC website; and
  • in CD format in the Redistribution Committee's proposal report (suggestions and comments) and the augmented Electoral Commission's report (all public submissions).

If you do not wish your signature and/or address to be placed on the internet or CD versions of your submission, please clearly state this request on a separate covering page to your submission. Your signature and/or address will then be repressed on the internet and CDs.

The complete submission, including personal details, will be publicly available at the relevant AEC State Office as required by the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918.

Further Information

For more information about how to make a submission, please contact the Redistribution Secretariat in the AEC office of the State or Territory undergoing the redistribution. Contact details will be listed in the press advertisements which invite public submissions.