Future governance on Norfolk Island

Issue date: Thursday, 9 February 2023

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The Joint Standing Committee on the National Capital and External Territories will examine restoring local government on Norfolk Island as part of a new inquiry.   

The Committee will examine different models of local government and revenue collection to determine the most appropriate approach that accords with the culture of Norfolk Island and provides for a financially sustainable future.

“This inquiry is about the future of Norfolk Island, its governance and economic sustainability,” said Committee Chair Alicia Payne MP. “Most importantly, the inquiry is focused on improving democracy for people on Norfolk Island.”

“The views of the local community will be central to this process,” Ms Payne said.

The Committee plans to visit Norfolk Island over the coming months to hear directly from Norfolk Islanders about what they would like for their community. People seeking to participate in the inquiry can engage with the Committee in a number of ways including by making a submission, at an upcoming public meeting or confidentially.

Submissions to the inquiry will remain open until 24 March 2023. Further information on the inquiry, including the terms of reference and how to contribute, is available on the Committee’s website.

Media inquiries

Hamish McLennan
Office of Alicia Payne MP, Committee Chair
0421 276 788

For background information

Committee Secretariat
02 6277 4355

For more information about this Committee, you can visit its website. On the site, you can make a submission to an inquiry, read other submissions, and get details for upcoming public hearings. You can also track the Committee and receive email updates by clicking on the blue ‘Track this Committee’ button in the bottom right hand corner of the page.

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