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Norfolk Island Local Government Legislation Changes

The Australian Government has made legislative changes to support upcoming local government elections on Norfolk Island.

The changes have been made following community consultation in July and August 2019.

The Norfolk Island Regional Council (NIRC) election is scheduled for September 2020.

Under the new laws, property developers and tobacco, liquor and gambling industries will not be permitted to make political donations.

Success fees for lobbying elected local government officials will also be banned.

These arrangements are in line with similar rules in place in New South Wales.

Information about the changes can be found in the Norfolk Island Regional Council elections discussion paper on the website of the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications at www.infrastructure.gov.au/ni-legislation

The changes are set out in the Norfolk Island Applied Laws Amendment (Local Government Elections) Ordinance 2020,which will be published on the Federal Register of Legislation website at www.legislation.gov.au/Series/F2016L00729

If you have any further enquiries, please contact the Office of the Administrator, or the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications at, GPO Box 594, Canberra ACT 260, or NI_Legislation@infrastructure.gov.au

Eric Hutchinson
Administrator of Norfolk Island
14 May 2020