The Electoral Boundaries Commission (EBC) is the independent statutory body responsible for establishing and maintaining Victoria’s State electoral boundaries.
Every 8 years, the State electoral boundaries must be reviewed to keep the electorates balanced in terms of the number of electors in each electorate. This process is called a redivision and ensures that every vote has the same value in an election. During a redivision, the VEC provides administrative and technical support to the EBC.
A redivision began on 16 December 2020 and concluded on 28 October 2021.
The redivision was a consultative process and invited public submissions across two stages:
- Stage 1 written submissions accepted between 16 December 2020 and 1 March 2021
- Stage 1 supporting oral submissions heard on 29 and 30 March 2021
- Stage 2 written submissions accepted between 30 June and 30 July 2021
- Stage 2 supporting oral submissions heard on 17 and 18 August 2021.
The EBC received 58 written submissions with 20 supporting oral submissions during stage 1, and 127 written submissions with 25 supporting oral submissions during stage 2. A total of 185 total written submissions and 45 supporting oral submissions were received throughout the entire redivision. The EBC took account of the information and arguments included in submissions.
Close to 65% of submissions came through the brand-new online public submission tool. This tool, developed in-house by the VEC, allowed users to plot their ideal boundaries on a map and see how the change would impact enrolment numbers in the area. Many submitters responded positively to the tool.
The final boundaries were released on 28 October 2021, and they will come into effect at the next State election in 2022.
To read the final report and inspect the accompanying electoral boundary maps, visit ebc.vic.gov.au.