Division of Sydney

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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of SYDNEY 2016.png
Division of Sydney in New South Wales, as of the 2016 federal election.
MPTanya Plibersek
Electors114,239 (2019)
Area44 km2 (17.0 sq mi)
DemographicInner Metropolitan

The Division of Sydney is an Australian electoral division in the state of New South Wales. The division draws its name from Sydney, the most populous city in Australia, which itself was named after former British Home Secretary Thomas Townshend, 1st Viscount Sydney. The division was proclaimed at the redistribution of 21 November 1968, replacing the old Division of Dalley, Division of East Sydney and Division of West Sydney, and was first contested at the 1969 election.

The division is located around the City of Sydney and includes many inner suburbs such as Alexandria, Beaconsfield, Broadway, Chippendale, Darlington, Erskineville, Forest Lodge, Glebe, Haymarket, Millers Point, Pyrmont, Redfern, Rosebery, The Rocks, Ultimo, Waterloo, Zetland and parts of Annandale, Camperdown and Newtown in the Inner West, as well as Surry Hills, Darlinghurst, Potts Point, Woolloomooloo and Kings Cross in the Eastern Suburbs. Lord Howe Island, within the Tasman Sea and some 400 kilometres (250 mi) north-east of the Sydney central business district, is located within the division; as are the harbour islands from Spectacle Island to the Sydney Heads, and all the waters of Port Jackson, except for Middle Harbour and North Harbour.[1]

The current Member for the Division of Sydney, since the 1998 federal election, is Tanya Plibersek, a member of the Australian Labor Party and the current Deputy Leader of the Opposition.


The seat is a safe Labor seat; the Labor Party has never polled less than 60% of the two-party preferred vote at any election. Following a national trend towards progressive inner-city voting, the seat had the highest amount of Green votes in any federal electorate in 2004, though by 2013 it had dropped to seventh-highest.

As at the 2001 census, the electorate had the highest number of same-sex couples in Australia (2,265).[2]


Member Party Term
  Jim Cope Labor 1969–1975
  Les McMahon Labor 1975–1983
  Peter Baldwin Labor 1983–1998
  Tanya Plibersek Labor 1998–present

Election results[edit]

2019 Australian federal election: Sydney[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Tanya Plibersek 40,612 50.12 +6.38
Liberal Jacqui Munro 21,536 26.58 −2.57
Greens Matthew Thompson 14,118 17.42 −1.39
Science Aaron Hammond 2,790 3.44 +1.89
United Australia Adam Holt 1,135 1.40 +1.40
Christian Democrats Rebecca Reddin 840 1.04 −0.65
Total formal votes 81,031 96.07 +2.06
Informal votes 3,312 3.93 −2.06
Turnout 84,343 73.83 −10.94
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Tanya Plibersek 55,874 68.95 +3.64
Liberal Jacqui Munro 25,157 31.05 −3.64
Labor hold Swing +3.64

Results are not final. Last updated 5:30pm AEST on 25 May 2019.


  1. ^ "Profile of the electoral division of Sydney (NSW)". Current federal electoral divisions, Divisions in New South Wales. Australian Electoral Commission. 27 September 2013. Retrieved 18 November 2013.
  2. ^ "Same-sex couples by Commonwealth Electoral Division". Australian Parliament House Library. Parliament of Australia. 15 June 2004. Retrieved 18 November 2013.
  3. ^ Sydney, NSW, Tally Room 2019, Australian Electoral Commission.

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Coordinates: 33°53′42″S 151°12′00″E / 33.895°S 151.200°E / -33.895; 151.200