Essential information about the Victorian federal redistribution

Updated: 16 September 2020

The information provided here is for the redistribution of federal electoral divisions in Victoria. Information about the 2020-21 redivision of Victoria’s state electoral boundaries is available.

Why is Victoria undergoing a redistribution?

Victoria is undergoing a redistribution because the number of members of the House of Representatives it is entitled to has increased from 38 to 39 as a result of a determination made by the Electoral Commissioner on Friday 3 July 2020.

Sub-section 59(2) of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (the Electoral Act) specifies that a redistribution process should be undertaken when:

  • the number of members of the House of Representatives to which a state or territory is entitled has changed, or
  • the number of electors in more than one-third of the electoral divisions in a state (or one of the electoral divisions in the Australian Capital Territory or the Northern Territory) deviates from the average divisional enrolment by over ten per cent for a period of more than two months, or
  • a period of seven years has elapsed since the last redistribution process was determined.

The redistribution formally commenced on Wednesday 15 July 2020.

How many federal electoral divisions will there be after the redistribution?

Victoria is now entitled to 39 federal electoral divisions, which is an increase of one from 38.

Where will the new electoral division be?

Individuals and organisations are able to propose where the new electoral division should be located at two stages of the redistribution process:

  • the suggestions and comments on suggestions stage, and
  • the objections and comments on objections stage.

The Redistribution Committee will consider any ideas it receives in suggestions and comments on suggestions advocating the location of a new federal electoral division and in their proposed redistribution will indicate where the new electoral division is to be located, together with reasons for the proposal.

Individuals and organisations can object to the Redistribution Committee's proposed new electoral division. Objections may agree or disagree with the Redistribution Committee’s proposal. Any ideas received in objections and comments on objections advocating for a particular location of the new federal electoral division will be considered by the augmented Electoral Commission for Victoria, who is ultimately responsible for determining the federal electoral divisions in Victoria.

Will the boundaries of the current electoral divisions change?

Electoral divisions are required to fall within two numerical ranges:

  • the number of electors enrolled in each federal electoral division as at Wednesday 15 July 2020 must be between minus 10 per cent and plus 10 per cent of the current enrolment quota of 109,021.
    • The number of electors enrolled in each federal electoral division in Victoria must therefore be between 98,119 and 119,923.
  • as far as practicable, the projected number of electors enrolled in each federal electoral division in Victoria at the projection time of Sunday 26 January 2025 would be between minus 3.5 per cent and plus 3.5 per cent of the projected enrolment quota of 117,107.
    • As far as practicable, the number of electors projected to be enrolled in each federal electoral division in Victoria at the projection time Sunday 26 January 2025 would be between 113,009 and 121,205.

Creating an electoral division will, of necessity, require consequential boundary changes and elector movements across the state to ensure that all electoral divisions remain within the two numerical ranges.

Do all Victorian federal electoral divisions meet the requirement?

No. On the boundaries in place on Wednesday 15 July 2020:

  • 19 of Victoria’s 38 federal electoral divisions do not meet this requirement, and
  • three of Victoria’s 38 federal electoral divisions are close to not meeting this requirement.

Electoral division

Enrolment as at Wednesday 15 July 2020

Projected enrolment at Sunday 26 January 2025

Is the requirement met?

Aston

111,098

115,439

Yes

Ballarat

117,072

127,041

No – Projected enrolment for the Division of Ballarat is more than 3.5 per cent over the projected enrolment quota

Bendigo

114,350

123,958

No – Projected enrolment for the Division of Bendigo is more than 3.5 per cent over the projected enrolment quota

Bruce

110,086

112,941

No – Projected enrolment for the Division of Bruce is more than 3.5 per cent under the projected enrolment quota

Calwell

112,712

130,063

No – Projected enrolment for the Division of Calwell is more than 3.5 per cent over the projected enrolment quota

Casey

113,577

118,788

Yes

Chisholm

106,161

112,012

No – Projected enrolment for the Division of Chisholm is more than 3.5 per cent under the projected enrolment quota

Cooper

112,825

119,559

Yes

Corangamite

116,461

135,907

No – Projected enrolment for the Division of Corangamite is more than 3.5 per cent over the projected enrolment quota

Corio

110,886

117,383

Yes

Deakin

108,358

112,556

No – Projected enrolment for the Division of Deakin is more than 3.5 per cent under the projected enrolment quota

Dunkley

111,277

114,591

Yes

Flinders

112,085

117,374

Yes

Fraser

109,599

113,291

Yes – but projected enrolment for the Division of Fraser is close to being 3.5 per cent under the projected enrolment quota

Gellibrand

112,890

121,841

No – Projected enrolment for the Division of Gellibrand is more than 3.5 per cent over the projected enrolment quota

Gippsland

111,875

116,288

Yes

Goldstein

109,554

115,856

Yes

Gorton

115,985

134,656

No – Projected enrolment for the Division of Gorton is more than 3.5 per cent over the projected enrolment quota

Higgins

111,285

117,504

Yes

Holt

111,524

131,634

No – Projected enrolment for the Division of Holt is more than 3.5 per cent over the projected enrolment quota

Hotham

108,535

112,790

No – Projected enrolment for the Division of Hotham is more than 3.5 per cent under the projected enrolment quota

Indi

113,713

118,756

Yes

Isaacs

109,823

117,413

Yes

Jagajaga

108,042

112,132

No – Projected enrolment for the Division of Jagajaga is more than 3.5 per cent under the projected enrolment quota

Kooyong

108,078

113,754

Yes

La Trobe

116,542

137,861

No – Projected enrolment for the Division of La Trobe is more than 3.5 per cent over the projected enrolment quota

Lalor

113,148

132,793

No – Projected enrolment for the Division of Lalor is more than 3.5 per cent over the projected enrolment quota

Macnamara

114,564

121,453

No – Projected enrolment for the Division of Macnamara is more than 3.5 per cent over the projected enrolment quota

Mallee

113,801

113,046

Yes – but projected enrolment for the Division of Mallee is right at the requirement of 3.5 per cent under the projected enrolment quota

Maribyrnong

114,182

122,142

No – Projected enrolment for the Division of Maribyrnong is more than 3.5 per cent over the projected enrolment quota

McEwen

112,032

129,413

No – Projected enrolment for the Division of McEwen is more than 3.5 per cent over the projected enrolment quota

Melbourne

108,861

119,787

Yes

Menzies

108,268

112,720

No – Projected enrolment for the Division of Menzies is more than 3.5 per cent under the projected enrolment quota

Monash

115,568

125,734

No – Projected enrolment for the Division of Monash is more than 3.5 per cent over the projected enrolment quota

Nicholls

112,151

114,676

Yes

Scullin

107,312

116,741

Yes

Wannon

115,433

116,545

Yes

Wills

112,093

120,753

Yes – but projected enrolment for the Division of Wills is close to being 3.5 per cent over the projected enrolment quota

What is the result of requirement not being met?

Inserting a new electoral division into Victoria will require some consequential changes to other electoral division boundaries as creating a new electoral division is not simply a case of dividing two electoral divisions into three as doing so will result in electoral divisions which do not meet the numerical requirements.

Because the requirement to be within the specified range for both enrolment as at Wednesday 15 July 2020 and projected enrolment as at Sunday 26 January 2025 is not met by all of Victoria's federal electoral divisions, the boundaries of these electoral divisions will need to change.

Changes will be made to some or all of the boundaries of Victoria's federal electoral divisions. Changes may be made to those federal electoral divisions which meet the requirement as a consequence of making changes to the boundaries of those federal electoral divisions which do not meet the requirement. This is to ensure that all of Victoria's federal electoral divisions meet the requirement.

What will the name of the new electoral division be?

Ideas as to what the new electoral division should be called are sought.

Individuals and organisations are able to propose names for electoral divisions at two stages of the redistribution process:

  • the suggestions and comments on suggestions stage, and
  • the objections and comments on objections stage.

The Redistribution Committee will consider any ideas it receives in suggestions and comments on suggestions advocating a new name for a federal electoral division and in their proposed redistribution will indicate what their proposed name of the new electoral division is, together with reasons for the proposal.

Individuals and organisations can object to the Redistribution Committee's proposed name of the new federal electoral divisions. Objections may agree or disagree with the Redistribution Committee’s proposal. Any ideas received in objections and comments on objections advocating a change of name for the new federal electoral division will be considered by the augmented Electoral Commission for Victoria, who is ultimately responsible for determining the names of the federal electoral divisions in Victoria.

Will the names of the current electoral divisions change?

The names of the current electoral divisions may or may not change.

Individuals and organisations are able to propose alternative names for electoral divisions at two stages of the redistribution process:

  • the suggestions and comments on suggestions stage, and
  • the objections and comments on objections stage.

The Redistribution Committee will consider any ideas it receives in suggestions and comments on suggestions advocating a change of name for a federal electoral division and in their proposed redistribution will indicate whether it has or has not proposed changing the name of a federal electoral division, together with reasons for the proposal.

Individuals and organisations can object to the Redistribution Committee's proposed names of federal electoral divisions. Objections may agree or disagree with the Redistribution Committee’s proposal. Any ideas received in objections and comments on objections advocating a change of name for a federal electoral division will be considered by the augmented Electoral Commission for Victoria, who is ultimately responsible for determining the names of the federal electoral divisions in Victoria.

Information about the names of current federal electoral divisions in Victoria

How do current electoral division names meet the guidelines for naming electoral divisions?

The Guidelines for naming federal electoral divisions were developed by the AEC from recommendations made by the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters in 1995 in its Report on the Effectiveness and Appropriateness of the Redistribution Provisions of Parts III and IV of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918. These guidelines are non-binding but may be referred to by the Redistribution Committee for Victoria  or the augmented Electoral Commission for Victoria  to assist with their decision making process.

The extent to which the names of Victoria 's current federal electoral divisions meet these guidelines is displayed below.  The electoral divisions are sortable by clicking on the header row.

Electoral division Is the electoral division named for a prominent person? Is the electoral division named for an Australian Prime Minister? Is the electoral division name that of an original Federation electoral division? Is the electoral division named for a geographical feature? Is the electoral division named for an aboriginal person or word?
Aston Yes No No No No
Ballarat No No Yes Yes Yes
Bendigo No No Yes Yes No
Bruce Yes Yes No No No
Calwell Yes No No No No
Casey Yes No No No No
Chisholm Yes No No No No
Cooper Yes No No No Yes
Corangamite No No Yes Yes Yes
Corio No No Yes Yes Yes
Deakin Yes Yes No No No
Dunkley Yes No No No No
Flinders Yes No Yes No No
Fraser Yes Yes No No No
Gellibrand Yes No No No No
Gippsland No No Yes Yes No
Goldstein Yes No No No No
Gorton Yes Yes No No No
Higgins Yes No No No No
Holt Yes Yes No No No
Hotham Yes No No No No
Indi No No Yes Yes Yes
Isaacs Yes No No No No
Jagajaga Yes No No No Yes
Kooyong No No Yes No Yes
Lalor Yes No No No No
La Trobe Yes No No No No
Macnamara Yes No No No No
Mallee No No No Yes Yes
Maribyrnong No No No Yes Yes
McEwen Yes Yes No No No
Melbourne No No Yes Yes No
Menzies Yes Yes No No No
Monash Yes No No No No
Nicholls Yes No No No Yes
Scullin Yes Yes No No No
Wannon No No Yes Yes Yes
Wills Yes No No No No
Information about current electoral division names
Aston Cooper Gellibrand Indi Mallee Scullin
Ballarat Corangamite Gippsland Isaacs Maribyrnong Wannon
Bendigo Corio Goldstein Jagajaga McEwen Wills
Bruce Deakin Gorton Kooyong Melbourne  
Calwell Dunkley Higgins Lalor Menzies  
Casey Flinders Holt La Trobe Monash  
Chisholm Fraser Hotham Macnamara Nicholls  

Aston

Origins of name

The Division of Aston is named for Matilda 'Tilly' Ann Aston, 1873–1947. Aston was a blind writer and teacher who founded the Victorian Association of Braille Writers in 1894 and the Association for the Advancement of the Blind. Aston was also the head of the School for the Blind.

Creation of electoral division

The first electoral division of this name was created on 14 September 1984 and was first represented in 1984.

More information

Biographical information about Tilly Aston from the Australian Dictionary of Biography.

Ballarat

Origins of name

The Division of Ballarat is named for the city covered by the electoral division. The name of the city is believed to be derived from the Aborignal word 'balaarat' meaning resting place or reclining on elbow.

Creation of electoral division

The first electoral division of this name was created on 26 September 1900 and was first represented in 1901.

More information

Information about the city of Ballarat can be found by conducting a search on the VICNAMES website.

Bendigo

Origins of name

The Division of Bendigo is named for the city covered by the electoral division. The city is named after a Ravenswood shepherd who was nicknamed 'Bendigo' after an English pugilist, Abednego William Thompson.

Creation of electoral division

Creation of electoral division

The first electoral division of this name was created on 26 September 1900 and was first represented in 1901.

More information

Information about the city of Bendigo can be found by conducting a search on the VICNAMES website.

Bruce

Origins of name

The Division of Bruce is named for the Rt Hon. Lord Stanley Melbourne Bruce CH MC, 1883–1967. Bruce was Prime Minister of Australia (1923–29) and a Member of the House of Representatives (1918–29 and 1931–33).

Creation of electoral division

The first electoral division of this name was created on 10 August 1955 and was first represented in 1955.

More information

Biographical information about Lord Stanley Bruce from the Australian Dictionary of Biography.

Calwell

Origins of name

The Division of Calwell is named for Arthur Augustus Calwell, 1896–1973. Calwell was a Member of the House of Representatives (1940–72).

Creation of electoral division

The first electoral division of this name was created on 14 September 1984 and was first represented in 1984.

More information

Biographical information about Arthur Calwell from the Australian Dictionary of Biography.

Casey

Origins of name

The Division of Casey is named for Lord Richard Gavin Gardiner Casey KG GCMG CH DSO MC PC, 1890–1976. Casey was a Member of the House of Representatives (1931–40 and 1949–60) and Governor-General of Australia (1965–69).

Creation of electoral division

The first electoral division of this name was created on 21 November 1968 and was first represented in 1969.

More information

Biographical information about Lord Richard Casey from the Australian Dictionary of Biography.

Chisholm

Origins of name

The Division of Chisholm is named for Caroline Chisholm, 1808–77. Chisholm was known for her work in encouraging emigration to Australia, her social work in New South Wales and Victoria, particularly with immigrant girls, and the building of a series of shelter sheds along the routes to the diggings in the Victorian goldfields.

Creation of electoral division

The first electoral division of this name was created on 11 May 1949 and was first represented in 1949.

More information

Biographical information about Caroline Chisholm from the Australian Dictionary of Biography.

Cooper

Origins of name

The Division of Cooper is named for William Cooper, 1861–1941. Cooper was a Yorta Yorta man who as a spokesman for Aboriginal people called for direct representation in parliament, enfranchisement, land rights and federal control of Aboriginal affairs.

Creation of electoral division

The first electoral division of this name was created on 13 July 2018 and was first represented in 2019.

More information

Biographical information about William Cooper from the Australian Dictionary of Biography and the Victorian Aboriginal Honour Roll.

Corangamite

Origins of name

The Division of Corangamite is named for the geographic area covered at one time by the electoral division. 'Corangamite' is believed to be derived from the Gulidjan word for 'bitter water'.

Creation of electoral division

The first electoral division of this name was created on 26 September 1900 and was first represented in 1901.

More information

Information about Lake Corangamite can be found by conducting a search on the VICNAMES website.

Corio

Origins of name

The Division of Corio is named for the geographic area covered by the electoral division. 'Corio' is beleved to have originated from an Aboriginal word 'coraiyo' meaning small marsupial or sandy cliffs or from the Aboriginal word 'Korayn' meaning salt.

Creation of electoral division

The first electoral division of this name was created on 26 September 1900 and was first represented in 1901.

More information

Information about Corio Bay can be found by conducting a search on the VICNAMES website.

Deakin

Origins of name

The Division of Deakin is named for the Hon. Alfred Deakin, 1856–1919. Deakin was an active member of the Constitutional Conventions that led to the Commonwealth of Australia, Prime Minister of Australia (1903–04, 1905–08 and 1909–10) and a Member of the House of Representatives (1901–13).

Creation of electoral division

The first electoral division of this name was created on 21 July 1937 and was first represented in 1937.

More information

Biographical information about Alfred Deakin from the Australian Dictionary of Biography.

Dunkley

Origins of name

The Division of Dunkley is named for Louisa Margaret Dunkley, 1866–1927. Dunkley was a union leader and feminist who founded the Victorian Women's Post and Telegraph Association in 1900 and campaigned for equal pay for women.

Creation of electoral division

The first electoral division of this name was created on 14 September 1984 and was first represented in 1984.

More information

Biographical information about Louisa Dunkley from the Australian Dictionary of Biography.

Flinders

Origins of name

The Division of Flinders is named for Matthew Flinders, 1774–1814. Flinders was a well-known navigator and explorer who charted parts of the Australian coast. The adoption of the name Australia is due to him.

Creation of electoral division

The first electoral division of this name was created on 26 September 1900 and was first represented in 1901.

More information

Biographical information about Matthew Flinders from the Australian Dictionary of Biography.

Fraser

Origins of name

The Division of Fraser is named for the Rt Hon. John Malcom Fraser AC CH, 1930–2015. Fraser was Prime Minister of Australia (1975–83) and a Member of the House of Representatives (1955–83).

Creation of electoral division

The first electoral division of this name was created on 13 July 2018 and was first represented in 2019.

More information

Biographical information about John Malcom Fraser from the National Museum of Australia.

Gellibrand

Origins of name

The Division of Gellibrand is named for Joseph Gellibrand 1786–1836, lawyer and explorer.

Creation of electoral division

The first electoral division of this name was created on 11 May 1949 and was first represented in 1949.

More information

Biographical information about for Joseph Gellibrand from the Australian Dictionary of Biography.

Gippsland

Origins of name

The Division of Gippsland is named for the geographic area covered by the electoral division. The south-east region of Victoria was named in March 1840 to honour Sir George Gipps who was Governor of New South Wales at the time.

Creation of electoral division

The first electoral division of this name was created on 26 September 1900 and was first represented in 1901.

More information

Information about Gippsland can be found by conducting a search on the VICNAMES website.

Goldstein

Origins of name

The Division of Goldstein is named for Vida Jane Goldstein, 1869–1949. Goldstein was a suffragist, feminist and involved in social welfare. As a Senate candidate in 1903, Goldstein was one of the first women in the British Empire to be nominated for and to stand for election to a national parliament. Goldstein made a further four attempts to be elected to Federal parliament.

Creation of electoral division

The first electoral division of this name was created on 14 September 1984 and was first represented in 1984.

More information

Biographical information about Vida Goldstein from the Australian Dictionary of Biography.

Gorton

Origins of name

The Division of Gorton is named for the Rt Hon. Sir John Grey Gorton GCMG AC CH, 1911-2002. Gorton was Prime Minister of Australia (1968–71), a Senator for Victoria (1949–68) and a Member of the House of Representatives (1968–75).

Creation of electoral division

The first electoral division of this name was created on 29 January 2003 and was first represented in 2004.

More information

Biographical information about Sir John Gorton from the National Archives of Australia

Higgins

Origins of name

The Division of Higgins is named for Henry Bournes Higgins KC, 1851–1929. Higgins was an active member of the Constitutional Conventions that led to the Commonwealth of Australia, Member of the House of Representatives (1901–06), a Justice of the High Court (1906–29) and President of the Commonwealth Conciliation and Arbitration Court (1907–21). Higgins is known for the Harvester Decision.

Creation of electoral division

The first electoral division of this name was created on 11 May 1949 and was first represented in 1949.

More information

Biographical information about Henry Higgins from the Australian Dictionary of Biography.

Holt

Origins of name

The Division of Holt is named for the Rt Hon. Harold Edward Holt CH, 1908–67. Holt was Prime Minister of Australia (1966–67) and a Member of the House of Representatives (1935–67).

Creation of electoral division

The first electoral division of this name was created on 21 November 1968 and was first represented in 1969.

More information

Biographical information about Harold Holt from the Australian Dictionary of Biography.

Hotham

Origins of name

The Division of Hotham is named for Sir Charles Hotham RN KCB, 1806–55. Hotham was Lieutenant-Governor of Victoria (1854-55) and the first Governor of Victoria (1855).

Creation of electoral division

The first electoral division of this name was created on 21 November 1968 and was first represented in 1969.

More information

Biographical information about Sir Charles Hotham from the Australian Dictionary of Biography.

Indi

Origins of name

The Division of Indi is named for an Aboriginal name for the Murray River.

Creation of electoral division

The first electoral division of this name was created on 26 September 1900 and was first represented in 1901.

Isaacs

Origins of name

The Division of Isaacs is named for Sir Isaac Alfred Isaacs GCB GCMG KCMG PC QC, 1855–1948. Isaacs was an active member of the Constitutional Conventions that led to the Commonwealth of Australia, Member of the House of Representatives (1901–06), a Justice of the High Court (1906–30), Chief Justice of the High Court (1930–31) and the first Australian Governor-General of Australia (1931–36).

The first electoral division of this name was created on 11 May 1949 and was first represented in 1949.

More information

Biographical information about Sir Isaac Isaacs from the Australian Dictionary of Biography.

Jagajaga

Origins of name

The Division of Jagajaga is named for the three principal Aboriginal elders who signed a treaty with John Batman in 1835 which intended to give the white settlers 500,000 acres of land at the north-west end of Port Phillip Bay and 100,000 acres around Geelong.

Creation of electoral division

The first electoral division of this name was created on 14 September 1984 and was first represented in 1984.

Kooyong

Origins of name

The Division of Kooyong is named for the geographic location covered at one time by the electoral division. 'Kooyong' is believed to be an Aboriginal word for camp or resting place or possibly derived from the word 'guyun' meaning fighting spear.

Creation of electoral division

The first electoral division of this name was created on 26 September 1900 and was first represented 1901.

More information

Information about Kooyong can be found by conducting a search on the VICNAMES website.

Lalor

Origins of name

The Division of Lalor is named for Peter Lalor 1827–89, leader of the Eureka Stockade rebellion in 1854. In 1855 he was one of the first representatives from the goldfields elected to the Victorian Legislative Council.

Creation of electoral division

The first electoral division of this name was created on 11 May 1949 and was first represented in 1949.

More information

Biographical information about Peter Lalor from the Australian Dictionary of Biography.

La Trobe

Origins of name

The Division of La Trobe is named for Charles Joseph La Trobe, 1801–75. La Trobe was the first Lieutenant-Governor of the Colony of Victoria (1851–54).

Creation of electoral division

The first electoral division of this name was created on 11 May 1949 and was first represented in 1949.

More information

Biographical information about Charles La Trobe from the Australian Dictionary of Biography.

Macnamara

Origins of name

The Division of Macnamara is named for Dame Annie Jean Macnamara DBE, 1899–1968. Macnamara was a medical researcher and doctor who discovered there was more than one type of the polio virus and worked extensively with children suffering from poliomyelitis, training doctors and physiotherapists in the management of the disease.

Creation of electoral division

The first electoral division of this name was created on 13 July 2018 and was first represented in 2019.

More information

Biographical information about Dame Annie Jean Macnamara from Australian Dictionary of Biography.

Mallee

Origins of name

The Division of Mallee is named for the area in which it is located. Mallee is an Aboriginal word for dwarf eucalypts which grow in the area.

Creation of electoral division

The first electoral division of this name was created on 11 May 1949 and was first represented in 1949.

Maribyrnong

Origins of name

The Division of Maribyrnong is named for the Maribyrnong River. The name 'Maribyrnong' is variously believed to be:

  • an Aboriginal word for 'yam' or 'edible root', or
  • derived from the Woiwaurrung word 'Mirrangbamurn', with 'mirrang' meaning eye and 'barmurn' meaning ringtail possum, or
  • from the traditional name 'Mareingalk', country belonging to the Mareinbulluc

Creation of electoral division

The first electoral division of this name was created on 13 July 1906 and was first represented in 1906.

More information

Information about the Maribyrnong River can be found by conducting a search on the VICNAMES website.

McEwen

Origins of name

The Division of McEwen is named for the Rt Hon. Sir John McEwen GCMG CH, 1900–80. McEwen was Prime Minister of Australia (1967–68) and a Member of the House of Representatives (1934–71).

Creation of electoral division

The first electoral division of this name was created on 14 September 1984 and was first represented in 1984.

More information

Biographical information about Sir John McEwen from the Australian Dictionary of Biography.

Melbourne

Origins of name

The Division of Melbourne is named for the City of Melbourne. The settlement of Port Phillip was named 'Melbourne' on 5 March 1837 in honour of Lord Melbourne who was the Prime Minister of Great Britain at the time.

Creation of electoral division

The first electoral division of this name was created on 26 September 1900 and was first represented in 1901.

More information

Information about the city of Melbourne can be found by conducting a search on the VICNAMES website.

Menzies

Origins of name

The Division of Menzies is named for the Rt Hon. Sir Robert Gordon Menzies KT CH QC, 1894–1978. Menzies was Prime Minister of Australia (1939–41 and 1949–66) and a Member of the House of Representatives (1934–66).

Creation of electoral division

The first electoral division of this name was created on 14 September 1984 and was first represented in 1984.

More information

Biographical information about Sir Robert Menzies from the Australian Dictionary of Biography.

Monash

Origins of name

The Division of Monash is named for Sir John Monash CB(M) KCB(M) GCMG, 1865–1931. Monash was one of the foremost Allied military commanders of the First World War and was recognised for his outstanding contributions to the community.

Creation of electoral division

The first electoral division of this name was created on 13 July 2018 and was first represented in 2019.

More information

Biographical information about Sir John Monash from the Australian Dictionary of Biography.

Nicholls

Origins of name

In recognition of their significant contribution in advocating for Aboriginal rights and welfare, the electoral division is jointly named in honour of:

  • Sir Douglas Ralph Nicholls MBE(C) OBE(C) KCVO, 1906–88, a Yorta Yorta, Baraparapa, Dja Dja Wurrung, Jupagalk and Wergaia man, and
  • Lady Gladys Nicholls, 1906–81, a Baraparapa and Dja Dja Wurrung woman

Creation of electoral division

The first electoral division of this name was created on 13 July 2018 and was first represented in 2019.

More information

Biographical information about Sir Douglas Ralph Nicholls from the Australian Dictionary of Biography and from Aboriginal Victoria and about Lady Gladys Nicholls from Victorian Aboriginal Honour Roll.

Scullin

Origins of name

The Division of Scullin is named for the Rt Hon. James Henry Scullin, 1876–1953. Scullin was Prime Minister of Australia (1929–32) and a Member of the House of Representatives (1910–13 and 1922–49).

Creation of electoral division

The first electoral division of this name was created on 10 August 1955 and was first represented in 1955.

More information

Biographical information about James Scullin from the Australian Dictionary of Biography.

Wannon

Origins of name

The Division of Wannon is named for the Wannon River. The name 'Wannon' is believed to have been obtained by Major Mitchell from the local Jardwadjali people.

Creation of electoral division

The first electoral division of this name was created on 26 September 1900 and was first represented in 1901.

More information

Information about the Wannon River can be found by conducting a search on the VICNAMES website.

Wills

Origins of name

The Division of Wills is named for William John Wills, 1834–61. Wills was the surveyor and astronomer of an ultimately unsuccessful 1860 government expedition to cross Australia from Melbourne to the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Creation of electoral division

The first electoral division of this name was created on 11 May 1949 and was first represented in 1949.

More information

Biographical information about William Wills from the Australian Dictionary of Biography.

When will the redistribution come into effect?

Changes to federal electoral divisions as a result of this redistribution will apply from the day on which a notice of determination is published in the Commonwealth Notices Government Gazette. This notice will be published on 26 July 2021.

Electoral events will not be contested on these new federal electoral divisions until a writ is issued for a general election following the expiry or dissolution of the House of Representatives.

Should a writ for a general election be issued before the notice of determination is published, a mini-redistribution will be conducted.  For further information, see:

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