Norfolk Island Regional Council election

The next election of the Norfolk Island Regional Council (NIRC) is due to be held on Saturday 13 March 2021.

The information on this page is being reviewed and will be updated as soon as possible.

The election is to elect five councillors of the Norfolk Island Regional Council. Councillors hold office for four years, subject to the Local Government Act 1993 (NSW) (NI).

NIRC has engaged the Australian Election Company to run the election.

The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications (the department) will perform the roles of the Electoral Commission and Electoral Commissioner for the election.

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Enrolment deadline

The closing date for the roll that will be used at the election is Monday 5 October 2020. You should make sure you are enrolled before 5 October 2020.

You can apply to enrol or check or update your details at any time—see below.

Who is a resident of Norfolk Island for the election?

For the election, a person is a resident of Norfolk Island if they have lived at their address on Norfolk Island for at least one month.

Enrolment—residential roll

The residential roll will be based on the Commonwealth electoral roll for Norfolk Island maintained by the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC). If a Norfolk Island resident is on the Commonwealth roll for Norfolk Island, they will automatically be included on the residential roll.

Enrolment on the Commonwealth electoral roll is compulsory for eligible Norfolk Island residents.

To find out who can enrol on the Commonwealth electoral roll, see below.

How to enrol

To enrol on the Commonwealth electoral roll, visit the AEC's Norfolk Island electors page at www.aec.gov.au/Enrolling_to_vote/Special_Category/Norfolk_Island_electors.htm

Norfolk Island residents will need to select ACT as their State or Territory. Norfolk Island is in the federal electorate of Bean in the ACT.

Norfolk Island residents do not have to provide a phone number when enrolling on the AEC website. However, you are encouraged to provide an email address so the AEC can communicate with you about your enrolment.

How to check your enrolment

If you are unsure whether you are enrolled on the Commonwealth electoral roll, you should check your enrolment on the AEC's website at www.aec.gov.au/check or by contacting the AEC.

Contact details for the AEC are available on their website at www.aec.gov.au/contact

If using the online enquiry form, Norfolk Island residents should:

  • select ‘Voting and Enrolment’ from the dropdown box next to ‘Topic’
  • select ‘ACT’ as their location from the dropdown box next to ‘State or territory’
  • click on the words ‘My question is related to enrolling and voting in federal elections’.

Changing details with the AEC

Anyone who needs to change their details on the Commonwealth electoral roll, should visit the AEC's Norfolk Island electors page at www.aec.gov.au/Enrolling_to_vote/Special_Category/Norfolk_Island_electors.htm

Residents of Norfolk Island will need to select ACT as their State or territory.

Silent electors—residential roll

If a person believes that including their place of living on the residential roll would put their personal safety or the personal safety of members of their family at risk, they can ask for that information to be excluded.

A person who wishes to be included as a silent elector on the residential roll for the NIRC election will need to submit an application to the department even if they are enrolled as a silent elector on the Commonwealth electoral roll for Norfolk Island.

Enrolment—other rolls

Please contact the General Manager NIRC if you would like to be included on the roll of non-resident owners of rateable land on Norfolk Island or the roll of occupiers or ratepaying lessees of Norfolk Island land and you are:

  • enrolled on the Commonwealth electoral roll; AND
  • a non-resident owner of rateable land on Norfolk Island; OR
  • an occupier or ratepaying lessee of Norfolk Island land.

You can contact the General Manager NIRC at regionalcouncil@nirc.gov.nf

Who can nominate for election as a councillor?

Note: All references in this section are to the Local Government Act 1993 (NSW) (NI) (Applied Local Government Act).

If you would like to nominate for election as a councillor, you must be enrolled to vote in the Norfolk Island Regional Council election by 6pm on 5 October 2020. You also need to be eligible to hold civic office as at 6pm on 5 October 2020 (s306(2)).

People who are not eligible to hold civic office include people who:

  • are serving a sentence (except a sentence for not paying a fine) (s275(1)(c)); or
  • have been convicted of misusing enrolment information while holding civic office or within 2 years before nominating for civic office (s275(1)(d)); or
  • have been convicted of an offence punishable by imprisonment of 5 years or more while holding civic office or within 7 years before nominating for civic office (s275(1)(e)); or
  • have been convicted of an electoral funding offence punishable by imprisonment of 2 years or more while holding civic office or within 2 years before nominating for civic office (s275(1)(e1)); or
  • have been convicted of bribery and related offences against Part 4.7 of the Criminal Code 2007 (NI) (s275(2A)); or
  • are disqualified from managing a corporation under the Corporations Act 2001 or the Companies Act 1985 (NI) (s275(1)(h)).

In addition, the following people may not nominate for election:

  • serving judges of Norfolk Island, NSW or the Commonwealth (s275(1)(b));
  • NIRC employees (s275(2)); and
  • people who hold an office or place of profit under NIRC (s275(2)).

A person who provides goods or services to NIRC under a contract may nominate for election (provided they meet all the criteria) because they do not hold a place of profit under NIRC.

A person may not nominate for election if they:

  • hold a position with statutory duties under a Norfolk Island continued law; and
  • are paid, remunerated or receive some kind of compensation for performing those duties; and
  • are appointed by NIRC or the General Manager of NIRC.

A person in this situation is considered to hold an office of profit under NIRC.

Members of the NSW or Commonwealth Parliament, if elected, may only hold office as a councillor if they resign from the Parliament before the first council meeting after the election (s275(1)(a1)).

This information is provided as a guide and is not comprehensive. If you wish to stand as a candidate, you should make you own enquiries.

Complete information about nominating for election as a councillor can be found in the Applied Local Government Act and the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005 (NSW) (NI) (Applied Local Government Regulation).

A compilation as at May 2020 of the Applied Local Government Act and the Applied Local Government Regulation is available at www.regional.gov.au/territories/norfolk_island/legislation-updates.aspx The elections-related information in the compilation was valid as at 24 September 2020.

Voting

Each person is entitled to one vote.

Voting is compulsory for Norfolk Island residents.

Electors on the non-residential roll or the roll of occupiers and ratepaying lessees are not required to vote.

Who can vote at the election?

A person can vote at the election if they are enrolled on the Commonwealth electoral roll AND they are:

  • a resident of Norfolk Island; OR
  • a non-resident owner of rateable land on Norfolk Island who is on the roll of non-resident owners of rateable land maintained by the General Manager of NIRC; OR
  • an occupier or ratepaying lessee of Norfolk Island land who is on the roll of occupiers and ratepaying lessees maintained by the General Manager of NIRC.

Prisoners enrolled on the Commonwealth electoral roll and serving a sentence of imprisonment of three years or more are not eligible to vote.

Who can enrol on the Commonwealth electoral roll?

A Norfolk Island resident (or a non-resident) can enrol on the Commonwealth electoral roll if they are:

  • an Australian citizen OR an eligible British subject; AND
  • aged 18 years and over and have lived at their address for at least one month.

Who is an eligible British subject?

An eligible British subject is someone who is:

  • living permanently in Australia, including Norfolk Island;
  • is not an Australian citizen; and
  • was enrolled on the Commonwealth electoral roll immediately before 26 January 1984 (when the law changed in order to make Australian citizenship a requirement for voting in federal elections).

How can I find out whether I was enrolled immediately before 26 January 1984?

If you are unsure whether you were enrolled immediately before 26 January 1984, please contact the AEC.

Do eligible British subjects have to enrol?

Yes, eligible British subjects must enrol to vote.

I'm a British subject but I wasn't on the roll immediately before 26 January 1984. Can I enrol and vote?

No, a British subject who was not on the roll immediately before 26 January 1984 is not eligible to enrol even if they were resident in Australia at that time.

Privacy

All personal information for the election will be handled in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988.

Further information

If anyone has any questions about the election, they can send an email to NIRC.elections@infrastructure.gov.au

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Last Updated: 5 November, 2020