Parliamentary Committee Report into Norfolk Island

Media Release

JB112/2014

20 October 2014

The Australian Government welcomes the Joint Standing Committee on the National Capital and External Territories' report into economic development on Norfolk Island.

The Committee's findings highlight that the current economic development arrangements are unsustainable.

The Australian Government will seek the views of the Norfolk Island community in considering its response and will be focused on delivering reforms which secure the island's long-term sustainability.

Without governance reform, economic development on the island will continue to suffer.

Delivering the right governance structures will be critical to improving service delivery and boosting economic growth, whilst preserving the island's unique culture and local representation.

The island's economic sustainability is dependent on structural reforms which provide a modern legal framework, remove impediments to investment and provide certainty to local business.

To date, almost forty reports have questioned the sustainability of governance arrangements on Norfolk Island. As a remote Island with a population of around 1800, Norfolk Island does not have the capacity to fund and manage the delivery of critical services and lacks the capacity to maintain and enforce legislation in areas such as quarantine, immigration and customs.

The Australian Government is committed to delivering on its election commitment and providing a stronger economic future for Norfolk Island.

The Administrator, the Hon Gary Hardgrave, is leading community consultation through a series of public forums. Members of the community are also invited to submit written feedback at www.infrastructure.gov.au.