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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How often is a review of electoral boundaries conducted?
  2. When is the next electoral boundaries review?
  3. What is an electoral boundaries review?
  4. What is a Distribution?
  5. What happens if an election or by-election is called before the review is complete?
  6. What dates do I need to remember?
  7. When are the submissions made public?
  8. Why are the submissions made public?
  9. When do the new boundaries come into effect?
  10. Can I use the map images on this website for other purposes?

Q: How often is a review of electoral boundaries conducted?

Reviews are conducted two years after a State general election. State elections are now fixed date and held every four years on the second Saturday in March.

 

Q: When is the next electoral boundaries review?

The next review will be conducted two years after the next State general election, expected in March 2019.

 

Q: What is an electoral boundaries review?

The electoral boundaries review ensures that, at election time, the number of electors in each electorate is within an acceptable range. In addition to changes in the number of electors in each electorate, there are a number of factors considered before boundary changes can happen.

Find out more about the electoral boundaries review process.

 

Q: What is a Distribution?

A Distribution is another term for an electoral boundary review. Prior to 2015, reviews were often called distributions.

 

Q: What happens if an election or by-election is called before the review is complete?

If an election or by-election is called before the electoral boundaries determined from the review are due to come into effect, the existing boundaries from the previous review are used.

 

Q: What dates do I need to remember?

There are three key deadlines for submissions during the electoral boundaries review. These are outlined in the Electoral Act 1907.

 

Q: When are the submissions made public?

The suggestions will be made public as soon as practicable after the suggestion period has closed.

Comments and objections will be available as soon as practicable after they are received.

 

Q: Why are the submissions made public?

The electoral boundaries review is a consultative process that can impact all Western Australians. The Electoral Act 1907 also requires that all suggestions lodged by the due date are made available for viewing by the public after the suggestion period closes.

By sharing all the submissions, the Electoral Distribution Commissioners hope to encourage more people to contribute and build upon each others’ ideas for the best possible outcomes.

 

Q: When do the new boundaries come into effect?

The new boundaries will come into effect on the day of the 2021 State election.

 

Q: 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. For maps created for electoral boundaries reviews prior to 2015, you must first contact Landgate to obtain permission on 08 9273 7210 or geodata@landgate.wa.gov.au.