Media release

House of Representatives to return to 150 members

Updated: 27 July 2023

Redistributions of federal electoral divisions will occur in New South Wales, Victoria, and Western Australia following a determination of entitlement to members of the House of Representatives for all states and territories.

Australian Electoral Commissioner Tom Rogers made the official determination today based on the most recent official population figures for the Commonwealth.

“The population has increased sufficiently in Western Australia to gain one seat, while the latest statistics in both New South Wales and Victoria require each of those jurisdictions to decrease by one seat,” Mr Rogers said.

  • WA: 15 to 16 seats.
  • NSW: 47 to 46 seats.
  • VIC: 39 to 38 seats.

“All other states and territories have retained their current number of seats as a result of this determination.”

“The changes will see the House of Representatives return to 150 seats when the next federal election is contested in either 2024 or 2025.”

Redistribution Committees will be appointed, and the public will soon be invited to make suggestions for electoral boundaries and names.

The members of the House of Representatives elected at the 2022 federal election, and in federal by-elections since that time, will continue to represent their respective electoral divisions. The redistribution of electoral divisions will also have no impact on the conduct of the proposed 2023 referendum.

Indicative timings

  • Q3 and Q4 2023: Call for suggestions to the redistribution
  • Q2 2024: Proposed boundaries and names released for comment
  • Q3 and Q4 2024: Final boundaries and names determined

*Indicative timing only.

The entitlement determination process

The Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 requires a determination to be made every electoral cycle regarding how many members of the House of Representatives each state and territory is entitled to.

This takes place one year after the first sitting day for a new House of Representatives (current Parliament: 26 July 2022).

In accordance with provisions of the Electoral Act, this determination was made using data supplied by the Australian Statistician.

  • This information was required to come from the most recently published population statistics.
  • The population as at 31 December 2022 was published on 15 June 2023.
  • More information about the population data can be found at: National, state and territory population, Dec 2022.

See further information about the entitlement determination process.

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