The lower houses of the parliaments of the states and territories of Australia are divided into electoral districts. Most electoral districts (except the Australian Capital Territory and Tasmania, which have multi-member electorates using a proportional voting method) send a single member to a state or territory's parliament using the preferential method of voting. The area of a state electoral district is dependent upon the Electoral Acts in the various states and vary in area between them. At present, there are 409 state electoral districts in Australia.
State electoral districts do not apply to the upper house, or legislative council, in those states that have one (New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia). In New South Wales and South Australia, MLCs represent the entire state, in Tasmania they represent single-member districts, and in Victoria and Western Australia they represent a region formed by grouping electoral districts together.
By State/Territory Edit
Australian Capital Territory Edit
There are five electorates for the Legislative Assembly, each with five members each, making up 25 members in total.
New South Wales Edit
There are currently 93 electoral districts in New South Wales.
Northern Territory Edit
There are 25 single-member electoral divisions in the Northern Territory, and 17 former divisions.
There are 93 electoral districts in Queensland, for the Legislative Assembly of Queensland. Information about the QLD electoral districts for the 2006 elections can be obtained from the Electoral Commission of Queensland website.
South Australia Edit
There are 15 electoral divisions in Tasmania for the upper house Legislative Council.
In the lower house the five federal divisions are used, but electing 5 members each
There are 88 electoral districts in Victoria, for the Victorian Legislative Assembly.
Western Australia Edit
See also Edit
- Divisions of the Australian House of Representatives (for federal seats)
- Local government in Australia (for local councils)
- Parliaments of the Australian states and territories