Current MP: Lisa Chesters, Labor. Cnr Williamson and Myers streets, Bendigo, 3550. [email protected], 03 5443 9055

Major Communities/Cities/Towns within Electorate: Bendigo. Other towns in the electorate include Castlemaine, Heathcote, Kyneton and Woodend.

Key 2016 Election Information:  +2.6% swing.  Labor 38.6%, Liberal 37.8%, Greens 10.9% on first party preference voting.

Strongest Support* for Liberal (two party preferred): Strathfieldsaye (where LP obtained 55.84% of votes) and Woodend (LP 43.53%)

Strongest Support* for Labor (two party preferred): Castlemaine North (ALP 71.93% of votes), Comet Hill (ALP 64.35%) and Kangaroo Flat (ALP 60.86%)

*Note: 'Strongest support' determined using the following criteria: highest % of two-candidate-preferred votes, excluding pre-polling places and polling booths where the number of votes for the winning candidate was less than 1000 or over 5000. This is one example of how you might identify strategic locations in your electorate - for all 2016 election data, please see the AEC Tally Room website.


Background:  Lisa did her BA Degree in Politics and Psychology.  Before her political career she worked with United Voice (formerly the Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Workers Union), where she became the United Voice representative in the Bendigo region.  She then continued on to the Bendigo Trades Hall Council before her nomination as Labor’s representative in Bendigo. 

Key Policy Background: Since her election as Bendigo MP, Lisa has demonstrated a specific focus on local employment and the misuse of 457 temporary working visas, the poor communications infrastructure and networking within the central Victorian region, education reforms, and community inclusiveness and tolerance. 

Relevant Information/Links to Community:  The City of Greater Bendigo has convened and hosted the Bendigo Local Settlement Planning Network, a network of over 20 organisations. The overarching purpose of this voluntary and unfunded network is to work together in facilitating self-reliance, integration, empowerment and social cohesion among migrants, international students and refugees in Bendigo.  The success of the Bendigo community to welcome and enable refugees is demonstrated by the success of the Karen community which has successfully integrated into this community making important social, cultural and economic contributions to the community. 

Record on Issues Related to Refugees:   Lisa has maintained a consistently strong record for supporting legislation relating to the rights of people seeking asylum and refugees. This includes strong support for legislation related to implementing refugee and protection conventions, increasing scrutiny of asylum seeker management and strongly opposing regional processing of people seeking asylum seekers. “I think as an individual that we've always got to respect our obligations under human rights law and under the refugee convention on human rights that we're a signature to.”

Other Potential Community and Advocacy Links:  Lisa is co-convener for the Parliamentary Friends for Early Childhood, chair of the Labor Caucus’ Fair Work Taskforce, and secretary for Country Labor, which promotes the welfare and potential of rural and regional Australia. She is also on the House of Representatives Standing Committee for Health.  She also has strong links to the Bendigo small business industry, providing a section on her webpage for small businesses to advertise.

Key Industries Within Electorate:  The main population centre (Bendigo) is now the administrative, commercial and educational centre for North Central and Northern Victoria. The rural area of the division supports a diverse range of farming, agricultural and viticultural activities along with continuing gold mining and other extractive industries.

Additional Information:  Lisa is serving her second term as Bendigo MP.

Vote heat maps: These heat maps represent the voting trends, by party, across the electorate. Each block is a small and equal grouping of voters. Darker areas depict a higher number of votes, for that party, in that block. This data should only be used as a general representation of voting trends in broad areas but not for specific locations.