Norfolk Island Administrator appointment

The Australian Government has announced the appointment of Mr George Plant as Administrator of Norfolk Island for a period of three years, following a rigorous and transparent appointment process.

Mr Plant brings extensive experience in senior public administration roles across the Pacific since the 1990s, most recently serving as Norfolk Island’s Emergency Controller for the past three years.

As a member of the local community, Mr Plant also brings experience and passion for working with the local community, and an understanding of the distinct cultural, economic and physical landscape of Norfolk Island.

The Administrator is responsible for assisting the implementation of the Australian Government's agenda on Norfolk Island and for engaging with, and advocating on behalf of the Norfolk Island community.

The role also has a range of statutory powers and functions relating to the delivery of government services on the Island.

Mr Plant will be officially sworn in by the Governor-General of Australia on 26 May 2023, and will commence the role on 1 June 2023.

Quotes attributable to the Minister for Regional Development, Local Government and Territories, and Member for Eden-Monaro, the Hon Kristy McBain MP:

“I congratulate Mr Plant on his appointment to Administrator of Norfolk Island and look forward to working with him closely as we continue to deliver improved outcomes for the community.

“As Administrator, Mr Plant will play a key role in supporting the Australian Government’s priorities for Norfolk, including greater civic participation for local residents and a long-term sustainable shipping strategy.

“Mr Plant’s extensive experience in public administration and unique understanding of Norfolk Island will position him to make a valuable contribution to the current and long-term interests of this community.

“I would also like to recognise Eric Hutchinson for his service as Administrator over the past six years, particularly for guiding Norfolk Island though the impacts of COVID-19.”