Norfolk Island Legislation

Federal Legislation in Norfolk Island

The Norfolk Island Act 1979 (Cth) and sub-ordinate regulations still apply to Norfolk Island. Significant changes were made to the Norfolk Island Act in 2015, these changes came in effect through the Norfolk Island Legislation Amendment Act 2015 (Cth).

In addition, the Federal Minister can make Ordinances and Instruments for Norfolk Island. These are available here.

The Norfolk Island Act 1979 (Cth) states that unless otherwise specified Federal legislation extends to Norfolk Island. An example of Federal Legislation that specifically excludes Norfolk Island is the Federal GST Act, as Norfolk Island is exempt from mainland Australian GST. The Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) is an example of Federal Legislation that does extend to Norfolk Island.

Helpful documents:

Minister's Norfolk Island Delegation Instrument 2017 (No. 2).pdf

Minister's Norfolk Island (Local Government Act 1993 (NSW)(NI) Direction.pdf


NSW Legislation in Norfolk Island (applied law)

The Norfolk Island Applied Laws Ordinance 2016 (Cth) states that from 1 July 2018 the laws of New South Wales will form part of the law of the external territory of Norfolk Island as applied laws. This Ordinance also allows the Federal Minister to repeal or make changes to any New South Wales legislation before or after it is applied to Norfolk Island. As at 20 March 2017 the following New South Wales legislation is applied to Norfolk Island: Local Government Act 1993 (NSW)(NI), Long Service Leave Act 1955 (NSW)(NI), Interpretation Act 1987 (NSW)(NI), Public Health Act 2010 (NSW)(NI), Health Services Act 1997 (NSW)(NI).

Periodically, the Commonwealth with make compilations of NSW laws applied in Norfolk Island.  This is done by including the amendments made for Norfolk Island by the Norfolk Island Applied Laws Ordinance 2016 (Cth) to the text of the NSW law.  Compilations of such applied laws are accurate at the time they are made and will not include any subsequent amendments made after the compilation date.

The Commonwealth have compiled the Local Government Act 1993 (NSW) (NI) as at 13 October 2018 and is available on the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities website here.


Norfolk Island issued Legislation

The previous Norfolk Island Government (1979 – 2015) was able to set laws for Norfolk Island. A number of this legislation continues to remain in effect due to the Norfolk Island Continued Laws Ordinance 2015 (Cth)

The Commonwealth are undergoing a process of consolidating this legislation which is available here.


Historical Norfolk Island Legislation as it stood pre-June 2015 is available here.