Division of Sydney

The Division of Sydney is an Australian electoral division in the state of New South Wales.

Australian House of Representatives Division
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Division of Sydney in New South Wales, as of the 2019 federal election.
MPTanya Plibersek
Electors114,239 (2019)
Area44 km2 (17.0 sq mi)
DemographicInner Metropolitan


The city of Sydney, the division's namesake

The division draws its name from Sydney, the most populous city in Australia, which itself was named after former British Home Secretary Thomas Townshend, 1st Viscount Sydney. The division was proclaimed at the redistribution of 21 November 1968, replacing the old Division of Dalley, Division of East Sydney and Division of West Sydney, and was first contested at the 1969 election.

The seat is a safe Labor seat; the Labor Party has never polled less than 60% of the two-party preferred vote at any election. Following a national trend towards progressive inner-city voting, the seat had the highest amount of Green votes in any federal electorate in 2004, though by 2013 it had dropped to seventh-highest. The current Member for the Division of Sydney, since the 1998 federal election, is Tanya Plibersek, a member of the Australian Labor Party and former Deputy Leader of the Opposition.

As at the 2001 census, the electorate had the highest number of same-sex couples in Australia (2,265).[1]


The division is located around the City of Sydney and includes many inner suburbs such as Alexandria, Beaconsfield, Broadway, Chippendale, Darlington, Erskineville, Forest Lodge, Glebe, Haymarket, Millers Point, Pyrmont, Redfern, Rosebery, The Rocks, Ultimo, Waterloo, Zetland and parts of Annandale, Camperdown and Newtown in the Inner West, as well as Surry Hills, Darlinghurst, Potts Point, Woolloomooloo and Kings Cross in the Eastern Suburbs. Lord Howe Island, within the Tasman Sea and some 400 kilometres (250 mi) north-east of the Sydney central business district, is located within the division; as are the harbour islands from Spectacle Island to the Sydney Heads, and all the waters of Port Jackson, except for Middle Harbour and North Harbour.[2]


Image Member Party Term Notes
    Jim Cope
Labor 25 October 1969
11 November 1975
Previously held the Division of Watson. Served as Speaker during the Whitlam Government. Retired
    Les McMahon
Labor 13 December 1975
4 February 1983
    Peter Baldwin
Labor 5 March 1983
31 August 1998
Previously a member of the New South Wales Legislative Council. Served as minister under Hawke and Keating. Retired
    Tanya Plibersek
Labor 3 October 1998
Served as minister under Rudd and Gillard. Incumbent

Election resultsEdit

2019 Australian federal election: Sydney[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Tanya Plibersek 46,850 49.41 +5.67
Liberal Jacqui Munro 25,230 26.61 −2.54
Greens Matthew Thompson 17,134 18.07 −0.74
Science Aaron Hammond 3,240 3.42 +1.87
United Australia Adam Holt 1,366 1.44 +1.44
Christian Democrats Rebecca Reddin 995 1.05 −0.64
Total formal votes 94,815 96.19 +2.18
Informal votes 3,754 3.81 −2.18
Turnout 98,569 86.30 +1.53
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Tanya Plibersek 65,110 68.67 +3.36
Liberal Jacqui Munro 29,705 31.33 −3.36
Labor hold Swing +3.36


  1. ^ "Same-sex couples by Commonwealth Electoral Division". Australian Parliament House Library. Parliament of Australia. 15 June 2004. Retrieved 18 November 2013.
  2. ^ "Profile of the electoral division of Sydney (NSW)". Current federal electoral divisions, Divisions in New South Wales. Australian Electoral Commission. 27 September 2013. Retrieved 18 November 2013.
  3. ^ Sydney, NSW, Tally Room 2019, Australian Electoral Commission.

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Coordinates: 33°53′42″S 151°12′00″E / 33.895°S 151.200°E / -33.895; 151.200