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The redistribution process

A redistribution is a collaborative process involving input from the public, political participants and other stakeholders.

In deciding where the boundaries should be drawn, many factors are taken into consideration. These include:

  • demographic trends
  • community interests including economic, social and regional interests
  • means of communication and travel
  • physical features and area
  • mountains and other natural boundaries
  • boundaries of existing districts.

At the time of the redistribution, the number of enrolled voters in each district must not vary by more than 10 per cent (up or down) from the quota or average number. The Redistribution Panel also endeavours to ensure that, as far as practicable, the number of enrolled voters in each district does not vary by more than 10 per cent (up or down) from the quota at the relevant future time.

The ‘relevant future time’ is four years from the day of the return of the writs advising the election of the Assembly that exists at the time the distribution is carried out. The writs for the Legislative Assembly elected at the 2019 NSW State election were returned Wednesday, 17 April 2019. Therefore, the relevant future time is 17 April 2023.