Representation reviews

In 2019 and 2020, the VEC will be conducting representation reviews for 31 councils.

A representation review ensures that the electoral structure of a local council provides fair and equitable representation for all voters. The Local Government Act 1989 requires the VEC to review each council before every third general election.

Representation reviews occur approximately every 12 years, and unscheduled reviews may also take place.

A review considers:

  • whether a local council has the appropriate number of councillors
  • whether the local council should be unsubdivided, with councillors elected from the whole local council, or subdivided into wards
  • if subdivided, the number of wards, ward boundaries and the number of councillors per ward.

When the review is complete, the VEC makes a final recommendation to the Minister for Local Government. Any changes to the electoral structure of the council then apply at the next general election.

The Minister has given notice that reviews of 31 councils must be completed by 24 April 2020.

Councils under review

View a schedule of all 31 councils under review:

The review process

Preliminary submissions period The VEC accepts written submissions from the public for 28 days. Anyone can contribute their views and local knowledge.
Preliminary report The VEC presents at least one option for the local council’s electoral structure in a preliminary report.
Response submissions period The VEC accepts submissions responding to the option/s in the preliminary report for 28 days.
Public hearing A public hearing is held for people who request to speak in support of their response submission.
Final report The VEC presents a final report with a recommended structure to the Minister for Local Government.

Limitations of a representation review

A representation review cannot:

  • change the external boundaries of the local council
  • divide local councils
  • combine local councils.