NEWS Norfolk Island

Arrangements in Norfolk Island from 1 July 2016

Australian Government reform

On 19 March 2015, the Australian Government announced comprehensive reforms for Norfolk Island. We were part of the joint agency taskforce coordinating the Norfolk Island reform process, led by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.

On 1 July 2016, the Australian Government integrated Norfolk Island with Australia’s tax, health and social security systems and commenced delivering essential national functions such as immigration, customs and biosecurity in Norfolk Island.

Arrangements in Norfolk Island from 1 July 2016

We are now delivering immigration and customs functions in Norfolk Island, where we have a permanent Australian Border Force (ABF) presence.

For immigration purposes, Norfolk Island has been integrated into the Australian migration zone. This means that passenger movements between the Australian mainland and Norfolk Island are considered domestic travel. All people (non-citizens as well as Australian citizens) travelling between Norfolk Island and an overseas destination are subject to Australian immigration requirements in accordance with the Australian Migration Act 1958 and Migration Regulations 1994. For non-citizens, this includes being required to hold an appropriate Australian visa to enter, visit or reside in Norfolk Island. With the introduction of these new immigration arrangements, the Norfolk Island Immigration Act 1980 was repealed.

For customs purposes, people and goods arriving in and leaving from Norfolk Island will remain international movements. The Norfolk Island Customs Ordinance 2016 applies a modified version of the Customs Act 1901, the Customs Regulation 2015 and the Customs (International Obligations) Regulation 2015 in Norfolk Island. The Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956 and the Customs (Prohibited Exports) Regulations 1958 also apply. With the introduction of these new customs arrangements, the Norfolk Island Customs Act 1913 and Customs Regulations 1986 were repealed.  

There are no customs duties, GST or other indirect taxes (for example, Luxury Car Tax) on goods arriving in Norfolk Island.

The current mainland Australia requirements for goods exported to and imported from Norfolk Island have not changed (for example, export and import declarations are still required). Implementation of customs functions in Norfolk Island is consistent with existing arrangements in the Indian Ocean Territories of Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

More information on the following new arrangements in Norfolk Island will be available soon:

More information on transitional visa arrangements is available.

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