Land Valuations

The process of valuing land on Norfolk Island is not a Council function.

Norfolk Island has its own Valuer-General who is appointed under the Land Valuation Act 2012 (NI) by the Minister; Paul O'Kelly is currently appointed as the Valuer-General (NI).

The information below is provided to assist property owners in understanding the land valuations.

If you have queries regarding your valuation, in the first instance contact the Registrar of Titles on telephone +6723 23691.

Valuation of Land

Norfolk Island property owners who are required to pay land rates received a first time notice of valuation of their property from the Valuer-General in 2018, in accordance with the Land Valuation Act 2012 (NI). The date of valuation for the inaugural valuation was set as 30 June 2017 and, the date of effect of the valuation 1 July 2018.

Valuations provided by the Valuer-General to the Council were used in the levying of rates for the first time in the 2018-19 financial year.

What is Unimproved Value?

The Unimproved Value is the amount the land alone, would be expected to sell for without any improvements. Improvements include a dwelling, shed, pool, garage, carport and any other structures on the land.

The Valuer-General considered the overall property market and analysed the sales of properties in order to determine the Unimproved Value of the land without any structures.

What is the Unimproved Value used for?

The Unimproved Value is used by the Norfolk Island Regional Council (NIRC) to determine the total amount of rates income required to fulfil its role in providing necessary services to the community.

Council is required to levy rates annually under the applied Local Government Act 1993 (NSW)(NI).

The Valuer-General is not involved in the process of levying of rates as this is a Council function.

The total rates amount (called the yield) is apportioned to individual properties on the basis of the Unimproved Value of each property as determined by the Valuer-General.

What can I do if I don’t agree with the Unimproved Value?

Property owners may lodge an objection within 60 days of the date of issue if they disagree with their valuation.

Objection forms are available from the Registry office and Customer Care. Please note that a separate objection form must be submitted for each property.

The Valuer-General will consider each objection and advise the outcome.

An objection to a valuation can only be made on one or more of the following grounds:

  • The land value assigned to any land is too high or too low
  • The lands which should be included in the one valuation have been valued separately
  • The lands which should be valued separately have been included in the one valuation
  • The person named in any valuation notice is not an owner of the land to which the notice relates
  • The area, dimensions or particulars of any land are not correctly described

Objection to a valuation does not prevent the recovery of any rate or charge or the charging of interest.