Frequently Asked Questions
- How often are reviews of Queensland's state electoral boundaries conducted?
- When is the next electoral boundaries review?
- What is a redistribution / electoral boundaries review?
- What happens if an election or by election is called before the review is complete?
- What dates do I need to remember?
- What is a submission?
- What is the difference between a suggestion, comment or objection?
- What should I do before making a submission?
- What should I include in my submissions?
- How do I make a submission?
- What factors for consideration could I include in my submission?
- Can my submission be about anything?
- When are the submissions made available to the public?
- Why are the submissions made public?
- When do the new boundaries come into effect?
- Can I use the map images on this website for other purposes?
Q1: How often are reviews of Queensland's state electoral boundaries conducted?
Under the Electoral Act 1992, redistributions of Queensland's electoral districts arise as a result of one of the following circumstances:
- if the Act is amended to change the number of districts within the state;
- the passing of three general state elections using the boundaries from the previous review, or 7.5 years after the latest electoral redistribution becomes final; or
- if significant enrolment changes cause one-third or more of Queensland's electoral districts to exceed the acceptable population quota for two months in a row.
Following on from the Electoral and Administrative Review Commission's (EARC) boundary review in 1991, the Queensland Redistribution Commission conducted electoral boundary reviews in 1999 and then again in 2008. The current electoral boundaries became effective on 10th September 2008 and will remain in place until the redistribution review and appeals period is complete and the writ for the next general election is issued.
Q2: When is the next electoral boundaries review?
The previous Queensland State Electoral Redistribution occurred in 2007 - 2008, and the final boundaries were implemented on Wednesday, 10 September 2008. The 2017 redistribution is currently underway.
Q3: What is a redistribution / electoral boundaries review?
A redistribution is another term for an electoral boundary review. As people move around Queensland, it is crucial the Commission ensure the number of voters within each district remains within an acceptable tolerance, often referred to as 'quota'. To maintain this quota, boundaries are changed and electors can be redistributed into different electorates.
Aside from enrolment considerations, there are a number of other criteria that are considered during a review including community of interest concerns. These criteria are explained in Q11.
Q4: What happens if an election or by-election is called before the review is complete?
Section 35(5) of the Electoral Act 1992 states that if a writ for a general election is issued during the Commission's review, further action on the redistribution must be deferred until after the return of the writ. The writ is the legal document that instructs the Electoral Commission Queensland that an election is to be held. It is issued by the Governor or the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly to the Electoral Commissioner and is then returned following the completion of the election.
Therefore if a State General Election is called in the midst of the redistribution, the review would be deferred and an election held using the 2008 boundaries for the current 89 districts. The redistribution would then resume after the conclusion of the election.
In the event of a by-election, the redistribution review would continue while the by-election is held using the existing boundaries.
Q5: What dates do I need to remember?
There are four stages of public consultation throughout the review which are outlined in the Electoral Act 1992. These include the following calls for submissions:
- invitation for suggestions;
- invitation for comments on the suggestions;
- objections and comments on the proposal; and
- comments on the objections to the proposal.
For information regarding the key submission and publication dates see the Commission's Timeline.
Q6: What is a submission?
A submission is an opportunity for you to participate in the review by sharing your ideas, suggestions and feedback on the boundaries and the names of Queensland's electoral districts.
Examples of previous submissions made during the last redistribution are available here: 2008 Boundary Review.
Q7: What is the difference between a suggestion, comment or objection?
The main difference between a suggestion, comment and objection relates to the timing of the review. Suggestions are invited at the beginning of the electoral boundaries review. Comments are then invited to allow you to respond to, or build on suggestions made by others. Once the proposed boundaries have been released, you are then invited to raise any objections to the proposal, before once again being asked to submit comments to the objections.
If you need further clarification you can see submissions from the previous redistribution on the 2008 Boundary Review page, and for information regarding the consultation deadlines please consult the Commission's Timeline.
Q8: What should I do before making a submission?
To ensure that your submission is able to be considered by the Commission, it is recommended that you familiarise yourself with the review process and the key factors that are considered by the Commissioners as they redistribute the boundaries. The Commissioner's fact sheets are a useful starting point, providing key dates, thematic maps, as well as important information regarding the importance of enrolment statistics to the review process.
Q9: What should I include in my submissions?
To ensure the Queensland Redistribution Commission is able to view and consider your submission, it is highly recommended that you include maps demonstrating your preferred changes. Ideally submitters will use the maps prepared by the Commission which are available to download from the Find Your Electorate page or by using the SA1 District Maps located on the Electoral Enrolment Statistics page.
Clear, well-supported submissions that consider the redistribution criteria are desirable. There are a number of factors used during the boundary review process which are outlined in Q11 and in Have Your Say.
Q10: How do I make a submission?
Written submissions accompanied by maps and submitted electronically are preferred.
For ease of understanding written commentary, the Commission would appreciate if written submissions could be accompanied by maps to better demonstrate your intended boundary changes. You can submit your suggestion, comment or observation online, through the post or in person. To ensure your submissions are received within the prescribed time-frames, it is recommended that any hard copy submissions also have an accompanying electronic version.
Q11: What factors for consideration could I include in my submission?
Enrolment statistics are the primary criteria used to review electoral boundaries. As part of your submission, the Commission strongly recommends you consider the enrolment requirements of the districts in question.
The following factors all form an important part of the decision making process of the Commission:
- demographic trends: longevity of boundaries to account for population growth/losses;
- community of interest: economic, social, regional or other interests;
- communication and travel;
- the physical features of each proposed district
- existing boundaries of state districts; and
- existing boundaries of local government areas.
See Have Your Say for more information.
Q12: Can my submission be about anything?
Submissions can express any views regarding the current or proposed electoral boundaries for any, or all of Queensland’s 93 electorates. Your submission is useful if it has a well-supported argument that takes into account the factors (see Q11) being considered by the Queensland Redistribution Commission. Consideration of enrolment statistics is strongly recommended. Suggestions to change a district name, or suggest names for new electoral districts are also considered.
For more information, see Have Your Say.
Q13: When are submissions available to the public?
All submissions, including suggestions, comments and objections will be made available to the public as soon as practicable after the relevant submission period has closed.
For more information about the key dates of the review, see the Commission's Timeline.
Q14: Why are the submissions made public?
It is a priority of the Queensland Redistribution Commission to offer complete transparency and maximum opportunities for public consultation. As changes impact the entire state, the Electoral Act 1992 requires all submissions lodged within the respective deadlines be made available for public viewing.
The Commission hopes that information sharing will allow people to respond, contribute and build upon others ideas and in doing so, help generate the best possible outcomes for Queensland.
It is important for people making a submission to note that all information in their submissions, including any name and address details will be published and made publicly available.
Q15: When do the new boundaries come into effect?
Due to recent legislative changes, the 2017 Queensland Redistribution Commission will be required to redistribute the State from 89 electorates into 93. The current electoral boundaries became effective on 10th September 2008 and will remain in place until the redistribution review and appeals period is complete and the writ for the next general election is issued.
Q16: Can I use the map images on this website for other purposes?
The maps on this website can only be used in promotional materials for electoral or media purposes.