An electoral redistribution is a review of the boundaries of the 25 Northern Territory Legislative Assembly divisions.
A redistribution of electorates must begin as soon as practicable once 2 years and 6 months have passed since the polling day for the last general election and should be completed as soon as practicable. Any changes to boundaries or division names will come into effect at the next Legislative Assembly general election - any by-election held before that date will be conducted on the previous boundaries.
The last general election was held on 25 August 2012, therefore the redistribution for the 2016 elections must commence in February 2015. A call for public suggestions will be made by public notice on 25 February 2015 and will include the closing date for suggestions.
The redistribution is carried out in accordance with the NT Electoral Act and the Commonwealth Northern Territory (Self-Government) Act 1978. It is an impartial and transparent process, free of political interference and with several opportunities for public participation. Any individual or organisation has the opportunity to present suggestions, comments or objections to the committees.
The redistribution process is managed by two committees:
- A three person Redistribution Committee consisting of the Northern Territory Electoral Commissioner, who chairs the Committee, the Surveyor-General and Auditor-General. This committee:
- calls for public suggestions
- publishes those suggestions and calls for comments on the suggestions;
- publishes a proposed redistribution after considering suggestions and comments received
- calls for objections to the proposed redistribution.
- A four person Augmented Redistribution Committee that is convened once boundary proposals are published by the Redistribution Committee. The Augmented Committee consists of the members of the Redistribution Committee plus an appointed member who acts as its chair. The appointed member must either:
- have served as, or is qualified for appointment as, a Judge of the Supreme Court or a magistrate; or
- have other appropriate qualifications and experience and is not a member of a political party - in this case the Minister must consult the leader of each political party represented in the Legislative Assembly and all independent MLAs.
The Augmented Committee considers the published proposals and objections received from the public and interested parties before determining the boundaries. Its decision is final and not open to challenge.
2015 Redistribution Guide
A '2015 Redistribution Guide' has been produced which provides key information about the redistribution - see 2015 Redistribution Information Guide.pdf