The Electoral Districts Boundaries Commission was established to review and carry out periodic redistributions of the boundaries of South Australia’s House of Assembly electoral districts

At the commencement of the proceedings for the 2016 electoral redistribution, the Commission set itself a target of finalising its order by the end of November 2016. At that stage, it was not envisaged that the Commission would seek further submissions after publication of its draft order.

However, supplementary submissions on a particular topic were sought from several parties and an additional hearing took place on 28 September 2016.

Nevertheless, the Commission anticipates that the final order will be published either as originally proposed, or very soon thereafter. The order must be published by the end of December 2016.

When a firm date for publication has been settled upon, notice will be given on this website.

The transcript from the 28 September 2016 public hearing is available on the Transcripts of Public Hearings page. The hearing was conducted to hear from parties or persons who had provided a response to the Draft Report about a concern, raised by some, that a 50:50 split of the two-party preferred vote at the next election, would see the Labor Party secure 28 seats and the Liberal Party 18 seats, not counting Frome.
The Draft Report of the Electoral Districts Boundaries Commission on 15 August 2016, and the date for providing submissions in response to it, being 15 September 2016, has passed. The Secretary is pleased to report that well over 100 submissions have been received. These are available to be read on the Commission’s website.

Several of the submissions, including those of the Liberal Party, Mr Gordon, Mr Waddell, and Mr Dawson, have argued that the draft redistribution is flawed, in that, if there is a 50:50 split of the two-party preferred vote at the next election, it would see the Labor Party secure 28 seats and the Liberal Party 18 seats, not counting Frome. It is argued that this should be rectified.

The Commission proposes to sit on Wednesday, 28 September 2016, in court room 9, of the Roma Mitchell Commonwealth Law Courts Building 3 Angas Street, Adelaide, from 11am, to hear further submissions on this matter.

Submissions will be taken only from parties or persons who have provided a response to the Draft Report AND who advise the Secretary of their wish to make submissions by Monday, 26 September 2016, at 5pm.

As an alternative to making oral submissions on that day, the Commission will accept a written submission from any such party or person on this question, provided it is received no later than Friday, 14 October, 2016 at 5 pm.

The Commission is aware that many of the persons who have responded to the Draft Report have already addressed this question and may not wish to add to what has been put.

The Secretary, Mr John Aquilina, can be contacted at edbc.secretary@sa.gov.au or telephone 7424 7407.
The Draft Report was published on this website on 15 August 2016.

There is now an opportunity for any person who has already made a representation to the Commission or any interested member of the public to make any final submission in writing that he or she thinks fit about the draft order (including the reasons that support it), within one month.

Submissions must be lodged with the Secretary to the Commission, Mr John Aquilina, GPO Box 646, Adelaide SA  5001 (telephone (08) 7424 7400; email EDBC.secretary@sa.gov.au) no later than 5pm on Friday 16 September 2016.

The Commission will then proceed to finalise its order.
The Draft Report and proposed electoral district maps will be available on this website from 11am on 15 August 2016.
There will then be opportunity for persons to make any final submissions, in writing, prior to 5pm on Friday 16 September 2016.  More details will be available following the release of the Draft Report.