Representation review program report

A path winds through a line of gumtrees next to a riverIn 2019–20, the VEC concluded its electoral representation and subdivision review program for local councils.

During these reviews, the VEC considered a council’s electoral structure and number of councillors to ensure fair and equitable representation of voters. The VEC invited public submissions and heard from community members and other representatives throughout the process.

Under the previous arrangements, the VEC was prescribed as ‘reviewer’ and conducted 19 electoral representation reviews and seven subdivision reviews in preparation for the October 2020 local council elections. The representation reviews ceased with the introduction of the Local Government Act 2020 as the new Act will govern how council electoral structures are decided in the future.

The electoral representation reviews conducted during 2019–20 were those for:

  • Buloke Shire Council
  • Swan Hill Rural City Council
  • Campaspe Shire Council
  • Bayside City Council
  • Kingston City Council
  • Greater Dandenong City Council
  • Darebin City Council
  • Banyule City Council
  • Manningham City Council
  • Maroondah City Council
  • Whitehorse City Council
  • Murrindindi Shire Council
  • Mansfield Shire Council
  • Hepburn Shire Council
  • Northern Grampians Shire Council
  • Casey City Council
  • Cardinia Shire Council
  • Whittlesea City Council
  • Mitchell Shire Council.

Due to the introduction of the new Act, the final reports for the Mitchell Shire Council and Whittlesea City Council reviews were not published.

The VEC also conducted seven subdivision reviews, which were not affected by the cessation of the representation review program.

In 2019–20, subdivision reviews were conducted for:

  • Surf Coast Shire Council
  • Wyndham City Council
  • Stonnington City Council
  • Yarra Ranges Shire Council
  • Hume City Council
  • Monash City Council
  • Moorabool Shire Council.

More information about the representation and subdivision reviews is available in the Annual Report.