External boundary & electoral arrangement reviews
The Change Commission is responsible for assessing whether proposed changes to external boundaries or electoral arrangements are in the public interest.
There is no legislated date for this type of review to be referred to, or considered by the Change Commission. The timing of these reviews is subject to a range of factors such as the complexity of the proposal and public consultation requirements.
Please note: the Change Commission is legally required to address enrolment quotas in divided councils in the year before the local government quadrennial elections. Hence divisional boundary reviews must be prioritised in the year before the local government elections.
Current or pending reviews
The Minister for Local Government has referred the following local government change requests for the Change Commission's independent assessment.
The ECQ is currently focused on post-election activities for the March local government elections and October State general election held in 2020. Outstanding Change Commission assessments are expected to commence in 2021.
|Local Government Area/s||Type of Review|
|Rockhampton Regional Council and Livingstone Shire Council||External boundary and electoral arrangement review|
|Cook Shire Council||Electoral arrangement review|
|Western Downs Regional Council and Toowoomba Regional Council||External boundary review|
The Change Commission has finalised the following external boundary and electoral arrangement reviews: