Division of Bendigo

Australian federal electoral division

The Division of Bendigo is an Australian Electoral Division in Victoria. The division was created in 1900 first federal election in 1901. It is named for the city of Bendigo. In the early years was covered only Bendigo, but on later boundaries the seat has included towns such as Echuca, Castlemaine, Maryborough and Seymour. It now includes Bendigo, Castlemaine, Kyneton and Maldon.

Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Bendigo in Victoria, as of the 2016 federal election.
MPLisa Chesters
NamesakeBendigo, Victoria
Electors109,615 (2016)
Area6,255 km2 (2,415.1 sq mi)


Member Party Results
  Sir John Quick Protectionist 1901–1906
  Independent Protectionist 1906–1909
  Commonwealth Liberal 1909–1913
  John Arthur Labor 1913–1914
  Alfred Hampson Labor 1915–1917
  Billy Hughes Nationalist 1917–1922
  Geoffry Hurry Nationalist 1922–1929
  Richard Keane Labor 1929–1931
  Eric Harrison United Australia 1931–1937
  George Rankin Country 1937–1949
  Percy Clarey Labor 1949–1960
  Noel Beaton Labor 1960–1969
  David Kennedy Labor 1969–1972
  John Bourchier Liberal 1972–1983
  John Brumby Labor 1983–1990
  Bruce Reid Liberal 1990–1998
  Steve Gibbons Labor 1998–2013
  Lisa Chesters Labor 2013–present

Bendigo has often been held by both the Australian Labor Party and the conservative parties. Bendigo has had 15 members, the second-highest number (with Denison) of any federal electorate. Famous members have been its first member, Sir John Quick, who was a leading federalist, and Prime Minister Billy Hughes. Hughes, who came from Sydney, represented Bendigo for two terms at a time when the federal Parliament met in Melbourne. John Brumby, who held the seat from 1983 to 1990, later became Premier of Victoria.

Election results

2022 Australian federal election: Bendigo[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Lisa Chesters 42,883 42.98 −0.63
Liberal Darin Schade 26,576 26.63 −5.15
Greens Cate Sinclair 14,026 14.06 +3.15
One Nation Ben Mihail 5,508 5.52 −0.72
Independent James Laurie 4,319 4.33 +4.33
United Australia Elijah Suares 3,579 3.59 −0.74
Liberal Democrats Matt Bansemer 2,888 2.89 +2.89
Total formal votes 99,779 96.36 +0.46
Informal votes 3,764 3.64 −0.46
Turnout 103,543 92.16 −2.15
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Lisa Chesters 61,968 62.11 +3.26
Liberal Darin Schade 37,811 37.89 −3.26
Labor hold Swing +3.26


  1. Bendigo, VIC, 2022 Tally Room, Australian Electoral Commission.

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Preceded by
West Sydney
Division represented by the Prime Minister
Billy Hughes
Succeeded by
North Sydney

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