Legislative basis for redistribution

The Redistribution Committee and Augmented Redistribution Committee are constituted under and operate in accordance with the NT Electoral Act and the Commonwealth Northern Territory (Self-Government) Act 1978.

The objectives of an electoral redistribution

The objectives of an electoral redistribution are set out in section 139 of the Electoral Act and state that:

  • At the time of the next general election, the number of electors in each proposed division should be as near to equal as practical
  • The physical area of each proposed division containing rural and remote areas should be kept as small as practical
  • The demographic and geographic nature of each proposed division should be as uniform as practical
  • Identifiable communities should be included in only one proposed division if practical, and
  • Electorate names should not be changed unless they are no longer appropriate and locality names are to be avoided.

Matters to be considered

The Committees must consider the following matters as set out at section 140 of the Electoral Act in achieving the objects of a redistribution:

  • The number of electors in each proposed division meets the requirement of section 13(4) of the Self Government Act relating to divergence from one-fifth of a quota
  • community of interests including economic, social and regional interests
  • communication and travel, including remoteness or distance
  • the density of population of proposed divisions
  • the area and physical features of proposed divisions
  • the trend of population changes in the Territory
  • existing boundaries, including Territory and Commonwealth divisions, suburbs, towns, local government boundaries and areas of Aboriginal land interest etc, and
  • all public suggestions and comments given under the Electoral Act ss141, 142 and 145.

In accordance with the Act, the Redistribution Committee receives suggestions and releases a proposal setting out any changes to boundaries and division names. The proposal is advertised and objections are invited from the public.

The Augmented Redistribution Committee considers any objections received to the Proposal and prepares a final report which is conclusive.