Timetable

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The 2019 NT Electoral Boundary Redistribution will commence on 27 February 2019 and will take approximately six months to complete. Dates for suggestions and objections are included in the timetable below.

StagesDatesLegislation
Invite public suggestions : The Redistribution Committee places notices in the Gazette and Territory newspapers inviting public suggestions. Suggestions are to be given to the committee, in writing, within 30 days after the notice is published in the Gazette. 27 February 2019

Electoral Act s141

Public suggestions close: (30 days) 29 March 2019
Invite comments on suggestions: The Redistribution Committee must, as soon as practicable after the 30 days, make available for public inspection copies of all suggestions given to it within the 30 days. Comments on the suggestions are to be given to the committee, in writing, within 14 days after the notice is published in the Gazette. 1 April 2019 Electoral Act s142
Comments on suggestions close: (14 days) 15 April 2019
Prepare first proposed redistribution: The Redistribution Committee must, as soon as practicable after preparing the first proposed redistribution, make available for public inspection , without fee, a map or number of maps together showing the names and boundaries of all proposed divisions.
13 May 2019
Electoral Act s143 & s144
Invite objections against first proposed redistribution: The Redistribution Committee places notices in the Gazette and Territory newspapers inviting public objections against the first proposed redistribution. Objections are to be made in writing to the Redistribution Committee within 30 days after the notice is published in the Gazette.
15 May 2019
Electoral Act s145
Objections to first proposed redistribution close: (30 days) 14 June 2019
Prepare second proposed redistribution : After giving proper consideration to all objections, the Redistribution Committee, as soon as practicable after the 30 days, must prepare the second proposed redistribution of the Territory into divisions. The second proposed redistribution must include proposed names for the proposed divisions. To be advised Electoral Act s145A
Invite objections to second proposed redistribution :
  1. If a second proposed redistribution would result in the sum of the following being greater than 15% of the total number of electors in a division at the time the quota is calculated under section 140B(2)(b), the Redistribution Committee must invite objections to the second proposed redistribution:
    1. the number of electors added to the division by the second proposed redistribution as compared to the first proposed redistribution; and
    2. the number of electors removed from the division by the second proposed redistribution as compared to the first proposed redistribution.
  2. Despite the above, the Redistribution Committee is not required to invite objections to the second proposed redistribution if the Redistribution Committee is of the opinion that:
    1. holding a second objection period would cause major inconvenience or have other serious consequences, such as causing a delay to a scheduled general election; or
    2. the second proposed redistribution is the only feasible option because there has been a natural disaster or another event causing extraordinary demographic movement.
  3. If, in the opinion of the Redistribution Committee, a second proposed redistribution involves a significant change in a matter to which the Redistribution Committee must give consideration under section 140(2)(a), (c), (e), (f) or (g), the Redistribution Committee may invite objections to the second proposed redistribution.
  4. If the Redistribution Committee invites objections to a second proposed redistribution under subsection (1) or (3), the Redistribution Committee must:
    1. make available, for public inspection, without fee, maps showing the names and boundaries of all proposed divisions; and
    2. publish a notice in accordance with section 137:
      1. advising of the availability for inspection of the maps mentioned in paragraph (a); and
      2. stating that any objection on the second proposed redistribution must be made in writing to the Redistribution Committee within 14 days after the notice is published in the Gazette.
To be advised
Electoral Act s145B
Objections to second proposed redistribution close: (14 days) To be advised Electoral Act 145B (4)
Decide redistribution: The Redistribution Committee must, by Gazette notice (a redistribution declaration notice), redistribute the Territory into divisions and declare the divisions names and boundaries.  To be advised Electoral Act s147
Report about redistribution: The Redistribution Committee must prepare a report about the redistribution. The Electoral Commissioner must make the report available for public inspection and provide a copy to the Speaker. The Speaker must table a copy of the report in the Legislative Assembly within three sitting days after the Speaker receives the report. To be advised Electoral Act s148
When redistribution takes effect: The redistribution takes effect for the next general election after publication of the redistribution declaration notice. The new boundaries are effective from the day the writ is issued. To be advised Electoral Act s150