The Norfolk Island Regional Council commenced 1 July 2016 and consisted of five representatives (Councillors) who were elected for a four year term. On 4 February 2021, Assistant Minister Nola Marino suspended the Council and appointed Mike Colreavy as Interim Administrator pending a Public Inquiry into the Financial Operations of NIRC. On 6 December 2021, having regard to the findings of the Public Inquiry into the Norfolk Island Regional Council (NIRC), the Council was dismissed and Mike Colreavy appointed as Administrator of Council for a period of three years until 2024.
The Norfolk Island Regional Council is unique in that it provides a broad range of services to the community of Norfolk Island and is contracted to provide Commonwealth-funded state services which include land titles registration, motor vehicle and drivers licence, Courts and Legal services, and Ports Management to name a few. The full list of services is available by visiting the Australian Government Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications website.
The day to day management of Council is the responsibility of the General Manager who reports to the Administrator. The General Manager is supported by five portfolio Managers.
Norfolk Island – the Best Small Island in the World
“If a concerted effort were made, backed by larger financial resources, the community could turn the very small area of the island to its own advantage by converting Norfolk Island into ‘the best small island in the world’, a model haven of considerable beauty, of unique historical interest, of a thriving community, and of rest and relaxation – which are the objectives of the overwhelming mass of the tourists who make the journey to its shores.”. (Professor G J Butland - Population Study of Norfolk Island dated 31 March 1974 commissioned by Commonwealth Government).
The Norfolk Island Regional Council will provide local civic leadership and governance through good decision-making, accountability, and transparency.
We will protect and enhance our unique culture, heritage, traditions, and environment for the Norfolk Island people. We will promote a healthy and sustainable lifestyle, look after our community assets, and foster a prosperous economy.
The Norfolk Island Regional Council embraces the following values, which were developed in a workshop with the Councillors (I CARE):