Subdivision reviews

We review the internal boundaries (wards) of a council when there has been a change in the number of voters per councillor in one or more wards. This ensures each voter is represented equally at the next council general election.

This is known as a subdivision review.

What the reviews achieve

Your input is valuable. As a local, you know your council area better than anyone.

Subdivision reviews ensure that voters are equally represented within a council after any population changes.

We hold a review if the number of voters per councillor in any ward at the next council general election may be:

  • 10% more than the average across the council
  • 10% less than the average across the council.

This is your chance to have a say on where the ward boundaries should be.

Completed reviews

We conducted seven subdivision reviews between February and April 2020. Select your council below to find out more.

Surf Coast Shire Council

Wyndham City Council

Final report published Wednesday 8 April 2020

Stonnington City Council

Yarra Ranges Shire Council

Final report published Wednesday 15 April 2020

Hume City Council

Monash City Council

Moorabool Shire Council

Final report published Wednesday 22 April 2020

What was under review

A subdivision review only considers adjustments to ward boundaries within a local council.

What was not under review

A subdivision review cannot consider:

  • changing the number of councillors
  • dividing wards
  • combining wards
  • changing the external boundaries of the council
  • dividing or combining councils.

Outcome of a review

When we complete our review we make a recommendation to the Minister for Local Government about new ward boundaries.

If accepted, any changes to the ward boundaries will apply at the next council general election in October 2020.