Government

Norfolk Island is an external territory of Australia, with the Norfolk Island Regional Council responsible for administration of the island’s affairs.

The regional council is similar to a NSW local council, but with more responsibilities than are traditionally within the scope of a local council.  For example, the island’s council is responsible for telecommunications, and electricity generation and distribution.

The Federal Government appoints an Administrator to Norfolk Island who is the liaison between the regional council and the responsible Australian Government Minister, and especially for matters associated with Commonwealth programs and services that operate on Norfolk Island.

Government-related information is available through the web at www.norfolkisland.gov.nf.

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Public Services

Health care is provided through the Norfolk Island Hospital.  Medicare does apply.  There are resident doctors, and a physiotherapist and dentist.

Education provides for K-12 schooling for approx 300 students using the NSW Curriculum.

Ease of immigration – Easy for Australian and NZ citizens.  Self funded retirees and new business immigrants are very welcome.

Communications

There is one TV station, and digital transmitters for ABC, SBS, Imparja and Southern Cross TV.  The island has its own .nf Internet domain.  Over 90% of the population have Internet access provided by on-island operators, with one offering NBN services.

Transport

Norfolk has an international airport (passport required), and there are jetties for shipping at Cascade and Kingston.  There are sixty kilometres of paved roads, and local cows have right of way.

Geography

Norfolk Island is located in the South Pacific Ocean, 1,412 kilometres east of Evans Head in Australia.  Its geographic coordinates are 29 02S, 167 57E.

Travel times are two hours by air from Australia, 1.5 hours from New Zealand.

Climate is sub-tropical.

Land area is 34.6 square kilometres, and the terrain is volcanic.  There is 32 kilometres of coastline that is mostly inaccessible cliff.

The highest point is Mt Bates at 319 metres.

People

According to the 2011 Census, the population is 1,795 (951 Female, 844 Male).  Sixteen percent are 14 years or younger, 54% 15 to 64 years, and 24% more than 65 years.

Languages are English, and Norf’k (the local language spoken by descendants of the Mutiny on the Bounty).  About 40% of the population are descendants.  There are 20 nationalities living here.

Economy

Tourism is the primary economic activity.  Visitors mainly arrive from New Zealand and Australia.

There were over 23,000 visitors in 2012-13.  Good growth saw 26,000 visitors in 2015-16.

Currency is the Australian Dollar.

Ease of buying a home – Easy.  Starting house/land prices is AUD280,000.