Augmented Electoral Commission decides names and boundaries of federal electoral divisions in Queensland

Updated: 3 January 2018

The augmented Electoral Commission for Queensland today announced the outcome of its deliberations on the names and boundaries of the 30 federal electoral divisions in Queensland.

The Hon. Dennis Cowdroy OAM QC, the presiding member, thanked the individuals and organisations who contributed to the redistribution of Queensland by providing written submissions throughout the redistribution process, and who participated in the inquiry on Wednesday 13 December 2017. All objections, comments on objections and submissions to the inquiry were carefully considered by the augmented Electoral Commission.

"After a thorough consideration of these contributions, the augmented Electoral Commission has adopted the redistribution proposed by the Redistribution Committee for Queensland without change," Mr Cowdroy said.

“This decision principally resulted from the need for all of Queensland’s electoral divisions to meet the two numerical requirements of the Electoral Act.”

Changes will be made to the boundaries of 18 of Queensland’s 30 federal electoral divisions.  The augmented Electoral Commission has also retained the names of all 30 of Queensland’s federal electoral divisions.

The full proposal was detailed in the Redistribution Committee's report of Friday 29 September 2017: Proposed redistribution of Queensland into electoral divisions.

A full overview of the augmented Electoral Commission's conclusions on objections to the Redistribution Committee's proposed redistribution is available.

The augmented Electoral Commission notes this proposal is not significantly different from the proposal of the Redistribution Committee and therefore no further input from members of the public will be sought.

The names and boundaries of the federal electoral divisions for Queensland will apply from Tuesday 27 March 2018 when a notice of determination is published in the Commonwealth Government Notices Gazette. Electoral events will not be contested on these new federal electoral divisions until a writ is issued for a general election following the expiry or dissolution of the House of Representatives.

Overview maps will be available on the AEC website on Tuesday 27 March 2018. Detailed maps and a report outlining the augmented Electoral Commission's reasons for its formal determination will be tabled in the Federal Parliament and will subsequently be made publicly available.

More information about Queensland federal redistribution is available on the AEC website.

Editor’s notes:

A Redistribution Committee is appointed for the state or territory in which a redistribution has commenced.

The Redistribution Committee for Queensland consisted of:

  • the Electoral Commissioner,
  • the Australian Electoral Officer for Queensland,
  • the Executive Director of Land and Spatial Information in Queensland’s Department of Natural Resources and Mines, and
  • the Auditor-General for Queensland.

The Redistribution Committee is responsible for considering inputs from the public and making a proposed redistribution.

The augmented Electoral Commission considers any objections to a proposed redistribution and makes a final determination of the names and boundaries of the redistributed divisions. The augmented Electoral Commission for Queensland consists of:

  • the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission,
  • the non-judicial member of the Electoral Commission, currently the Australian Statistician,
  • the Electoral Commissioner,
  • the Australian Electoral Officer for Queensland,
  • the Executive Director of Land and Spatial Information in Queensland’s Department of Natural Resources and Mines, and
  • the Auditor-General for Queensland.