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Division of Gellibrand

Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Gellibrand in Victoria, as of the 2022 federal election
MPTim Watts
NamesakeJoseph Gellibrand
Electors108,169 (2022)
Area146 km2 (56.4 sq mi)
DemographicInner metropolitan

The Division of Gellibrand is an Australian Electoral Division in Victoria. The division was created in 1949 and is named after Joseph Gellibrand, a pioneer settler of the Melbourne area. It is located in the industrial inner western suburbs of Melbourne and includes Altona, Altona North, Altona Meadows, Kingsville, Laverton, Newport, Seabrook, Seaholme, Seddon, South Kingsville, Spotswood, Williamstown, Williamstown North and Yarraville; and parts of Brooklyn, Footscray, Laverton North, Point Cook, West Footscray and Williams Landing.


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]


Joseph Gellibrand, the division's namesake

The Division has been held by the Australian Labor Party for its entire existence; it is located in Labor's traditional heartland of western Melbourne, and is characterised by a very diverse, multicultural population. Labor has never tallied less than 60 percent of the two-party vote, and until 2010 always won an outright majority on first preferences alone.

Its most prominent members have been Ralph Willis, a Cabinet minister in the Hawke and Keating governments, and Nicola Roxon, a Cabinet minister in the Rudd government and the Gillard government and first female Attorney-General.

In recent years there has been considerable gentrification in the inner-city suburbs such as Footscray, Williamstown and Yarraville, and a consequent rise in the progressive Greens vote, which rose to 37 percent in Footscray in the 2013 election. In the west, a solid patch of working-class suburbia remain strongly Labor-leaning.

For several years, Gellibrand was Labor's safest seat in the Federal Parliament. The current member for Gellibrand since the 2013 election is Labor's Tim Watts.


Image Member Party Term Notes
  Jack Mullens
Labor 10 December 1949
April 1955
Previously held the Victorian Legislative Assembly seat of Footscray. Did not contest.

Failed to win the Division of Melbourne in 1955.

  Labor (Anti-Communist) April 1955
10 December 1955
  Hector McIvor
Labor 10 December 1955
2 November 1972
  Ralph Willis
2 December 1972
31 August 1998
Served as minister under Hawke and Keating. Retired
  Nicola Roxon
3 October 1998
5 August 2013
Served as minister under Rudd and Gillard. Retired
  Tim Watts
7 September 2013

Election results

2022 Australian federal election: Gellibrand[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Tim Watts 39,382 42.72 −6.30
Liberal Monica Clark 24,869 26.97 −3.80
Greens Suzette Rodoreda 15,241 16.53 +2.67
United Australia Abraham Isac 5,080 5.51 −0.14
One Nation Rob Braddock 2,802 3.04 +3.04
Liberal Democrats Chloe Glasson 2,185 2.37 +2.37
Victorian Socialists Andrew Charles 1,503 1.63 +1.63
Australian Federation Sharynn Moors 1,135 1.23 +1.23
Total formal votes 92,197 95.12 −1.25
Informal votes 4,729 4.88 +1.25
Turnout 96,926 89.67 −1.22
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Tim Watts 56,738 61.54 −1.48
Liberal Monica Clark 35,459 38.46 +1.48
Labor hold Swing −1.48
Graphs are unavailable due to technical issues. There is more info on Phabricator and on
Two-candidate-preferred results in Gellibrand


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

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