Extension of Commonwealth arrangements

Business name registration

Mainland business registration arrangements will apply on Norfolk Island from 1 July 2016.

Business registration is a matter administered by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). Information about the new arrangements and ASIC services more broadly is available at www.asic.gov.au/nireform

Taxation

Taxation and superannuation reforms will generally apply on Norfolk Island from 1 July 2016.

The taxation system will apply in Norfolk Island in the same way it currently applies on mainland Australia, with the exception of indirect taxes, including goods and services tax, luxury car tax, wine equalisation tax, excise duties and customs duties. This approach is consistent with the current taxation arrangements in Australia's other external territories.

Transitional arrangements will apply in relation to capital gains tax.

Transition arrangements will apply in relation to the superannuation guarantee charge.

Taxation is a matter administered by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), a non-corporate Commonwealth entity within the Department of the Treasury. Refer to the ATO's Norfolk Island reforms webpage for more information.

Social security

Mainland social security arrangements will be extended to Norfolk Island from 1 July 2016.

The extension of mainland social security arrangements will include programs and payments such as the Age Pension, Newstart Allowance, Disability Support Pension and Youth Allowance.

Social security is administered by the Department of Social Services. Details of services to be introduced is available at Norfolk Island Reform.

The Department of Human Services is the delivery agency for social security entitlements. A Norfolk Island reform page is available on DHS website.

Immigration (and customs)

Mainland immigration arrangements will be extended to Norfolk Island from 1 July 2016.

This will have the effect of ensuring that Norfolk Island is treated in a way consistent with Australia's other inhabited external territories such as Christmas Island.

Transitional arrangements will be put in place to ensure that non-citizens on Norfolk Island can be granted visas under the Australian Migration system to ensure they do not inadvertently become unlawful as a result of the transition.

Customs duties will not apply to Norfolk Island consistent with the current arrangements in Australia's other external territories.

Immigration is a matter administered by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection

Health

Mainland health arrangements will be extended to Norfolk Island from 1 July 2016.

The Medicare Benefits Schedule, the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and the Private Health Insurance Rebate will commence on Norfolk Island from 1 July 2016. Tax and levy related health measures will also be extended.

Transitional arrangements will provide Norfolk Island residents a period of 12 months to take out Private Health Insurance and avoid the Lifetime Health Cover Loading. Further information is available on the Private Health Insurance Ombudsman website.

Health is matter administered by the Department of Health. The Department's website also includes information for residents of Norfolk Island. A circular titled A Private Health Insurance and Norfolk Island is also available.

Biosecurity (and Farm Household Allowance)

Mainland biosecurity arrangements, as well as the Farm Household Allowance, will be extended to Norfolk Island from 1 July 2016.

Both biosecurity and the Farm Household Allowance are matters administered by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

Employment

Mainland employment services will be extended to Norfolk Island from 1 July 2016.

Employment services are administered by the Department of Employment—www.employment.gov.au/jobactive.

The Fair Work Act 2009 will also be extended to Norfolk Island from 1 July 2016. The Act concerns the National Minimum Wage, the National Employment Standards, modern awards and an unfair dismissal framework. Those provisions will be extended with appropriate transitional arrangements.

The Fair Work Act 2009 is administered by the Fair Work Ombudsman. Norfolk Island specific information is available at www.fairwork.gov.au/norfolkisland.

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Last Updated: 12 May, 2016