An area represented by one or more members of parliament. Also known as a seat, division or a constituency. For the Legislative Assembly there are three electorates: Brindabella, Ginninderra and Molonglo. Brindabella and Ginninderra each elect five Members and Molonglo elects seven Members.
A group of people entitled to vote. The term is commonly used to describe a geographical area constituted for a specific electoral race (see also " virtual electorate"). Traditionally, each electorate of Victoria has been represented by a single Member of Parliament (a "single-member electorate"); however, from 2006 the Legislative Council will be comprised of electorates ("Provinces") represented by more than one Member ("multimember electorates").
The geographical area represented by a Member of Parliament. The lower House has 5 electorates, each returning five Members; the upper House has 15 electorates, or divisions, each returning one Member. The same rolls are used for State House of Assembly and Federal House of Representatives elections.
A geographic area defined and named by the Representation Commission to elect a general electorate MP or a Maori electorate MP. See also: map of electorates, determining number of electorates, drawing electorate boundaries