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 2019Electoral 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.
To be advised
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.
To be advised
Electoral Act s145
Objections to first proposed redistribution close: (30 days)To be advised
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 advisedElectoral Act s145A
Invite objections to second proposed redistribution: If the second proposed redistribution would result in the following, the Redistribution Committee must invite objections to the second proposed redistribution.
  • if a second proposed redistribution would result in the sum of the number of electors either added to or removed from a division being greater than 15% of the total number of electors in a division at the time the quota is calculated.
  • if, in the opinion of the Redistribution Committee, a second proposed redistribution involves significant change in a matter to which the committee must give consideration (see matters to be considered in redistribution - Electoral Act s140(2)(a), (c), (e), (f) or (g))

If the Redistribution Committee invites objections to a second proposed redistribution the committee must make available for public inspection maps showing the names and boundaries of all proposed divisions and publish a notice in the Gazette and Territory newspapers inviting objections to the second proposed redistribution. Objections 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 advisedElectoral Act 145B (4)
Decide redistribution: The Redistribution Committee must, by Gazette notice (a redistribution declaration notice), redistribute the Territory into divisions. To be advisedElectoral 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 advisedElectoral 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 advisedElectoral Act s150