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Division of Deakin

Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Deakin in Victoria, as of the 2022 federal election
MPMichael Sukkar
NamesakeAlfred Deakin
Electors112,589 (2022)
Area85 km2 (32.8 sq mi)
DemographicOuter metropolitan

The Division of Deakin is an Australian Electoral Division in Victoria.


Since 1984, federal electoral division boundaries in Australia have been determined at redistributions by a redistribution committee appointed by the Australian Electoral Commission. Redistributions occur for the boundaries of divisions in a particular state, and they occur every seven years, or sooner if a state's representation entitlement changes or when divisions of a state are malapportioned.[1]


Alfred Deakin, the division's namesake

The division was created in 1937, and was named in honour of Alfred Deakin, who served as Prime Minister of Australia on three non-consecutive occasions from 1903 to 1910. Deakin had represented the Victorian federal seat of Ballarat from 1901 to 1913.

Initially a rural seat, the division has been located in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne since 1949, today taking in Bayswater North, Croydon, Croydon North, Croydon South, East Ringwood, Heatherdale, Heathmont, Kilsyth South, Mitcham, Ringwood, Vermont and Vermont South; it also covers parts of Croydon Hills, Forest Hill, Kilsyth, North Ringwood, Nunawading and Park Orchards. Vermont South includes Pin Oak Court, the cul-de-sac used as the filming location for Ramsay Street in the television soap opera Neighbours. Also part of the division's boundaries are the nearby Nunawading Studios, where other scenes for the show have been shot.[2]

Deakin has usually been held by the Liberal Party, though it became increasingly marginal from the 1980s onward. Prior to the 2013 federal election it was the second most marginal Labor Party seat in Australia. At the 2013 federal election, Michael Sukkar reclaimed the seat for the Liberal Party and was elected with 53.2% of the two-party-preferred vote.


Image Member Party Term Notes
  William Hutchinson
United Australia 23 October 1937
21 February 1945
Previously held the Division of Indi. Retired
  Liberal 21 February 1945 –
31 October 1949
  Frank Davis
10 December 1949
31 October 1966
  Alan Jarman
26 November 1966
5 March 1983
Lost seat
  John Saunderson
Labor 5 March 1983
1 December 1984
Transferred to the Division of Aston
  Julian Beale
Liberal 1 December 1984
24 March 1990
Transferred to the Division of Bruce
  Ken Aldred
24 March 1990
29 January 1996
Previously held the Division of Bruce. Lost preselection and retired
  Phil Barresi
2 March 1996
24 November 2007
Lost seat
  Mike Symon
Labor 24 November 2007
7 September 2013
Lost seat
  Michael Sukkar
Liberal 7 September 2013
Served as minister under Morrison. Incumbent

Election results

2022 Australian federal election: Deakin[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Michael Sukkar 41,626 41.51 −6.21
Labor Matt Gregg 32,844 32.76 +0.40
Greens Rob Humphreys 13,904 13.87 +4.58
United Australia Bianca Gidley 2,836 2.83 +0.76
One Nation Natasha Coughlan 2,306 2.30 +2.30
Liberal Democrats Harrison Carr 1,843 1.84 +1.84
Animal Justice Katherine Dolheguy 1,650 1.65 −0.31
Independent Qian Liu 1,271 1.27 +1.27
Justice Judith Thompson 1,080 1.08 −2.23
Australian Federation Samantha Bastin 909 0.91 +0.91
Total formal votes 100,269 95.78 −0.15
Informal votes 4,419 4.22 +0.15
Turnout 104,688 93.09 −2.08
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Michael Sukkar 50,322 50.19 −4.50
Labor Matt Gregg 49,947 49.81 +4.50
Liberal hold Swing −4.50


  1. ^ Muller, Damon (14 November 2017). "The process of federal redistributions: a quick guide". Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 19 April 2022.
  2. ^ "Locations". Neighbours: The Perfect Blend. Retrieved 1 August 2022.
  3. ^ Deakin, VIC, 2022 Tally Room, Australian Electoral Commission.

37°49′19″S 145°12′22″E / 37.822°S 145.206°E / -37.822; 145.206

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