Division of Aston

Coordinates: 37°53′31″S 145°14′24″E / 37.892°S 145.240°E / -37.892; 145.240
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Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Aston in Victoria, as of the 2022 federal election
MPMary Doyle
NamesakeTilly Aston
Electors109,705 (2022)
Area113 km2 (43.6 sq mi)
DemographicOuter metropolitan

The Division of Aston is an Australian Federal Electoral Division in the state of Victoria. The division is located in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, coextensive with the City of Knox local government area. The suburbs in the division include Bayswater, Boronia, Ferntree Gully, Knoxfield, Rowville, Scoresby, The Basin, Wantirna and Wantirna South; and parts of Lysterfield, Sassafras and Upper Ferntree Gully.


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]


Tilly Aston, the division's namesake

The division was created in 1984 and is named after Tilly Aston, a blind writer and teacher who helped found the Library of the Victorian Association of Braille Writers in 1894.

The current for Aston is Mary Doyle of the Australian Labor Party, elected on 1 April 2023 in the 2023 Aston by-election.

A typical "mortgage belt" seat, it was held by the Labor Party until 1990, but was from then until 2023 it was held by the Liberal Party. At the 2022 Australian federal election it was the Liberal Party’s safest seat in metropolitan Melbourne.[2] However, the seat became marginal at that election, with the Liberals experiencing a 11.64% drop in their primary vote and a 7.32% drop in their two-party vote. The very next year, the Australian Labor Party regained the seat from the Liberal Party following the 2023 by-election.[3]


Image Member Party Term Notes
  John Saunderson
Labor 1 December 1984
24 March 1990
Previously held the Division of Deakin. Lost seat
  Peter Nugent
Liberal 24 March 1990
24 April 2001
Died in office
  Chris Pearce
Liberal 14 July 2001
19 July 2010
  Alan Tudge
Liberal 21 August 2010
17 February 2023[4]
Served as minister under Turnbull and Morrison. Resigned in order to retire from politics.
  Mary Doyle
Labor 1 April 2023

Election results[edit]

2023 Aston by-election [5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Mary Doyle 37,318 40.87 +8.32
Liberal Roshena Campbell 35,680 39.07 –3.98
Greens Angelica Di Camillo 9,256 10.14 –1.94
Independent Maya Tesa 6,426 7.04 +7.04
Fusion Owen Miller 2,637 2.89 +2.89
Total formal votes 91,317 96.70 −0.03
Informal votes 3,112 3.30 +0.03
Turnout 94,429 85.64 −6.86
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Mary Doyle 48,915 53.57 +6.38
Liberal Roshena Campbell 42,402 46.43 –6.38
Labor gain from Liberal Swing +6.38
Primary vote results in Aston (Parties that did not get 5% of the vote are omitted.)
  Australian Democrats
  Palmer United/United Australia Party
Two-candidate-preferred results in Aston


  1. ^ Muller, Damon (14 November 2017). "The process of federal redistributions: a quick guide". Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 19 April 2022.
  2. ^ "Election 2022: Victoria becomes key state for Labor as Liberal Party loses heartland seats".
  3. ^ "Labor's Mary Doyle snatches historic victory in Aston by-election in Melbourne's outer east". ABC News. April 2023.
  4. ^ "Aston By-Election". Parliament of Australia. 17 February 2023. Archived from the original on 17 February 2023. Retrieved 17 February 2023.
  5. ^ "Aston, VIC". Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 8 May 2023.

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37°53′31″S 145°14′24″E / 37.892°S 145.240°E / -37.892; 145.240