18 Dec 2020
2020 in the Indian Ocean Territories

Looking back over the past year, I am struck by the challenges we have faced - and also the resilience and strength with which you have met, and overcome, those challenges.

17 Dec 2020
Looking to a stronger future for Norfolk Island

The year 2020 has been unlike any we have seen in our lifetimes. The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted our economy and way of life, with significant impacts on tourism for our small Island communities.

16 Dec 2020
Response on Norfolk Island Regional Council audit

Yesterday, I issued to the Norfolk Island Regional Council, a notice of my intention to suspend the Council for a period of three months.

10 Dec 2020
Work ongoing - Norfolk Island Regional Council audit next steps

Work is ongoing to inform the Australian Government’s response and next steps on the governance and financial audit of Norfolk Island Regional Council (NIRC) operations, to best support the long-term sustainability of the…

10 Dec 2020
Territories Legislation Amendment Bill 2020

The Territories Legislation Amendment Bill 2020 (the Bill) has passed Parliament and – after receiving Royal Assent – will become law, bringing regulation of companies, bankruptcy and broadcasting in Norfolk Island into line with the rest of…

04 Dec 2020
Update on Norfolk Island Regional Council audit outcomes

The Australian Government’s consideration of the findings of the governance and financial audit of Norfolk Island Regional Council (NIRC) operations, and next steps, is progressing.

20 Nov 2020
Work under way on Fraser Coast palliative hospice

Work has begun to construct a $7 million palliative care facility for terminally ill people in Hervey Bay.

13 Nov 2020
Barkly Regional Deal kicking goals

The Barkly Regional Deal is kicking goals – quite literally.

30 Oct 2020
Norfolk Island Regional Council election delay

I want to inform the Norfolk Island community that, at the request of the Norfolk Island Regional Council, I am delaying the upcoming council election.

15 Oct 2020
Budget 2020: Delivering for Christmas Island

The Australian Government is prioritising the health and safety of the Christmas Island community, committing $28.9 million over three years from 2020-21, to manage the risks of storm water, flooding, landslide and rockfall in two popular local…

13 Oct 2020
Bunbury Outer Ring Road contract to create thousands of local jobs

The Bunbury Outer Ring Road project is a step closer with the major construction contract signed, unlocking thousands of local jobs and economic benefits.

10 Oct 2020
Budget 2020: Delivering for Norfolk Island

The 2020-21 Federal Budget is prioritising the delivery of essential services for Norfolk Island, committing $55.6 million of new funding over four years from 2020-21 for a range of programs to support the local economy emerge stronger and more…

09 Oct 2020
Budget 2020: Delivering for Jervis Bay Territory

The 2020-21 Federal Budget is delivering $7.4 million to the Jervis Bay Territory (JBT) to support the community through COVID-19 and into the future.

09 Oct 2020
IOT fishing rules available for information

Thank you to everybody who has contributed to the development of new fishing rules for the Indian Ocean Territories (IOT). 

07 Oct 2020
Budget 2020: Backing our regions

The 2020–21 Budget locks in more investment, jobs and a secure future for our regional communities, ensuring they remain a great place to live, work, invest and raise a family.