Frequently Asked Questions
- How often is a review of electoral boundaries conducted?
- When is the next electoral boundaries review?
- What is an electoral boundaries review?
- What is a Distribution?
- What happens if an election or by-election is called before the review is complete?
- What dates do I need to remember?
- What is a submission?
- What is the difference between a suggestion, comment or objection?
- What should I do before making a submission?
- How do I make a submission?
- How do I submit?
- What factors for consideration could I include in my submission?
- Can my submission be about anything?
- When are the submissions made public?
- Why are the submissions made public?
- When do the new boundaries come into effect?
- Can I use the map images on this website for other purposes?
Reviews are conducted two years after a State general election. State elections are now fixed date and held every four years on the second Saturday in March.
The next review will be conducted two years after the next State general election, expected in March 2017.
The electoral boundaries review ensures that, at election time, the number of electors in each electorate is within an acceptable range. In addition to changes in the number of electors in each electorate, there are a number of factors considered before boundary changes can happen.
Find out more about the electoral boundaries review process.
A Distribution is another term for an electoral boundary review. Prior to 2015, reviews were often called distributions.
If an election or by-election is called before the electoral boundaries determined from the review are due to come into effect, the existing boundaries from the previous review are used.
A submission is an opportunity for you to participate in the review by sharing your ideas on where boundaries should be located or even what they should be called.
See What is a Submission? for more information about the different types of submissions.
The main difference between a suggestion, comment and objection is the timing of the review. Suggestions are invited at the beginning of the electoral boundaries review. Comments are then invited to allow you to comment or build on suggestions made by others. Once the proposed boundaries have been released, you are then invited to raise any objections or further comments prior to the boundaries being finalised.
For more information and dates to remember for suggestions, comments and objections, see What is a Submission?
A submission must be written but may be lodged in an electronic format, such as email. Submissions are most useful if they are clear, well-supported and consider the factors which the Electoral Distribution Commissioners will be using to determine the boundaries.
See Making a Submission for more information on how to prepare a submission.
A submission must be in writing. You can submit your suggestion, comment or observation online or by email, mail, fax or in person. If you are submitting a hard copy version, an accompanying electronic version would also be appreciated. If you need help, please contact Electoral Boundaries WA.
In addition to enrolment statistics that have been used to calculate average district enrolment, the Electoral Distribution Commissioners can consider the following:
- community of interest
- land use patterns
- means of communication and distance from the capital
- physical features
- existing boundaries of regions and districts
- existing local government boundaries
- the trend of demographic changes.
It would be useful to consider these factors in your arguments.
See Making a Submission for more information.
A submission can be about any views you have regarding the current or proposed electoral boundaries for any electorate or electorates in Western Australia. Your submission is useful if it has a well-supported argument that takes into account the factors being considered by the Electoral Distribution Commissioners and elector enrolment statistics where possible. You can suggest changes to district names, but region names are defined in the Electoral Act 1907 and cannot be changed as part of this process.
For more information, see Making a Submission.
The suggestions will be made public as soon as practicable after the suggestion period has closed.
Comments and objections will be available as soon as practicable after they are received.
The electoral boundaries review is a consultative process that can impact all Western Australians. The Electoral Act 1907 also requires that all suggestions lodged by the due date are made available for viewing by the public after the suggestion period closes.
By sharing all the submissions, the Electoral Distribution Commissioners hope to encourage more people to contribute and build upon each others’ ideas for the best possible outcomes.
The new boundaries will come into effect on the day of the 2017 State election.
The maps on this website can only be used in promotional materials for electoral or media purposes. For maps created for electoral boundaries reviews prior to 2015, you must first contact Landgate to obtain permission on 08 9273 7210 or firstname.lastname@example.org.