About the EBC
How does the EBC function?
The EBC periodically meets to consider enrolment statistics. When a redivision of electoral boundaries is required, the EBC meets more frequently to conduct the redivision in terms of legal criteria and invites submissions from the public.
The Victorian Electoral Commission (external link) provides administrative and technical support to the EBC.
When are redivisions required?
The EBC is required by law to conduct a redivision if any of the following conditions apply in the 18-24 months before a scheduled State election:
- enrolments for more than 30 per cent of the districts or regions have been more than 10 per cent outside the average for two months
- enrolments for more than 25 per cent of the districts or regions have been outside the 10 per cent tolerance and more than five per cent of the districts or regions have been more than 20 per cent outside the average for two months
- there have been two general elections since the previous redivision or
- the number of districts or regions has changed.
These requirements mean that a redivision has to be held at least every eight years.
What are the rules about redivisions?
The rules for redivisions are set out in the Electoral Boundaries Commission Act 1982 (external link). In drawing the boundaries, the EBC must ensure that the electorates have approximately equal enrolments - that is, not varying by more than 10 per cent from the average enrolment for a district or region.
The EBC must also give due consideration to:
- area and physical features of terrain
- means of travel, traffic arteries and communication, and any special difficulties
- community or diversity of interests and
- likelihood of changes in numbers of electors.
The EBC advertises the redivision and invites submissions from the public. Submissions are public documents and are made available on this website.
The EBC then releases proposed boundaries. Members of the public have a month to submit suggestions or objections to the proposed boundaries. Suggestions and objections are also public documents and are made available on this website.
After considering suggestions and objections, the EBC releases the final boundaries. These boundaries are not subject to veto or alteration by Parliament or the Government.
These new boundaries come into operation at the following State election.
Who are the members of the EBC?
The members of the EBC are:
- the Chief Judge of the County Court, who is the Chairman (His Honour Chief Judge Peter Kidd SC)
- the Electoral Commissioner (Mr Warwick Gately AM) and
- the Surveyor General (Mr John Tulloch).
These members are supported by Dr Paul Thornton-Smith, secretary to the EBC.