What is a representation review?

29 June, 2018

When a local government council is elected, voters are given a number of candidates you can vote for to represent you on that council. How many councillors for each geographical area, and what the boundaries of those areas are, is determined by the council under guidelines set out in the Local Electoral Act 2001.

Before elections, the Council reviews the representation arrangements for the number of electoral constituencies, their boundaries, names, and number of members. This is known as a ‘representation review’.

The Local Electoral Act 2001 (LEA) sets the parameters within which the representation review process must be undertaken.

The membership to any regional council cannot be less than six nor more than 14 councillors.

Find out more information about the Representation Review Process here:



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