Conclusion of public inquiry into Norfolk Island Regional Council

The public inquiry into the Norfolk Island Regional Council (NIRC) has now concluded and independent Commissioner Ms Carolyn McNally has provided the Australian Government with her final report.

The public inquiry has examined whether the NIRC fulfilled its financial and asset management obligations under the Local Government Act 1993 (NSW) (NI) (Act) and Commissioner McNally has presented the report outlining her findings, which I will now consider. I would like to thank the Commissioner for her work in conducting the inquiry.

The report and its findings are detailed and complex, requiring careful consideration. I intend to publicly release the report in coming weeks and will also then provide information on next steps.

Public inquiries are an important part of government oversight of council performance in all localities within Australia. I remain committed to the good governance of Norfolk Island and ensuring the best outcomes for the Norfolk Island community.

The NIRC will remain under its current temporary suspension and interim administration while I consider the report.

The Terms of Reference and further information on the public inquiry are available on the department’s website at https://www.infrastructure.gov.au/territories-regions-cities/territories/norfolk-island/governance-administration/public-inquiry

I will continue to keep you informed as any decisions are made.