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How determinations are made

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Each council area is examined according to:

  • whether the electoral structure of the ward should be divided into wards or remain undivided
  • what the appropriate number of wards for a council area is
  • what the appropriate ward boundaries are
  • how many councillors will represent each ward.

In examining the above, the committee must consider the matters listed in sections 31 and 32(2) of the Local Government Act 2019.

Stage 1:

Approximate timeframe 28 March to August 2022

The committee conducts its own research relating to the councils’ current representation issues, including analysis of population and enrolment data.

They apply their own knowledge, skills and experience relating to electoral representation, the geography and demography of the NT, and local government issues.

  • The committee carefully considers all input received from councils, other stakeholders and the public through the initial consultation period.
  • The committee develops proposed ward boundaries and representation for each council area.

Stage 2:

Approximate timeframe 31 August to late November 2022

  • The committee publishes its proposed ward boundaries and representation for each council area in a report with maps.
  • Councils, other stakeholders and the public provide input on the proposed ward boundaries and representation, which are considered by the committee. The committee may meet with councils and/or the public seeking further details about the submissions received.

Stage 2 graph - how determinations are made

Stage 3:

Approximate timeframe late November to December 2022

The committee makes its final determinations by publishing the final ward boundaries and representation for each council area. These will come into effect at the next local government general elections in August 2025.

This report may also include recommendations about representation matters that are determined by the Minister.

How the decision-making process is governed

  • The decision-making process of the Local Government Representation Review Committee will be transparent and well documented:
    • All written submissions received by the committee are published on the website
    • All meetings with stakeholders are documented in the proposed and final reports
    • All considered changes, including those that do not become part of the final determinations or recommendations, are documented in the final report with explanations as to why the committee took that approach.
  • The deliberation stages of the decision making process (where the committee is considering a number of scenarios and the submissions) however, are confidential and will not be made public at the time.
  • Each committee member has one vote.
  • The committee is aware that actual and perceived conflicts of interest will need to be disclosed and managed, as all committee members have links to the local government sector through their roles, in particular the CEO of LGANT.
  • The main reason for establishing this new representation review process, conducted by an independent committee, was due to the potential conflicts of interests inherent when elected members determine their own electoral boundaries. The process of the representation reviews deliberately align with the redistribution process for Legislative Assembly electoral boundaries.