Norfolk Island Administrator

The Administrator of Norfolk Island is appointed by the Governor-General of Australia.

The Administrator represents the Australian Government on Norfolk Island.

The Administrator is responsible for assisting the implementation of the Australian Government's agenda on Norfolk Island and for engaging with, and advocating on behalf of, the Norfolk Island community. The role also has a range of statutory powers and functions relating to the delivery of government services on the Island.

On 18 March 2021, it was announced that the Governor-General had agreed to reappoint Mr Eric Hutchinson as Norfolk Island Administrator for an additional term of two years. Mr Hutchinson has been the Administrator since April 2017. His current term ends on 31 March 2023.

Government House

Photo: Mark Mohell—Kingston and Arthurs Vale Historic Area, Norfolk Island (part of the World Heritage Listed Australian Convict Sites)Norfolk Island's historic Government House—built in 1829 and handsomely restored—is generally not open to the public. However, on a number of occasions each year, its formal rooms are open for the afternoon—1.00 pm to 3.30 pm—for public inspection.

This is to allow opportunities for people to visit and gain an appreciation of Government House's place in the rich history of Norfolk Island as well as to raise funds for Norfolk Island's volunteer charity and service organisations.

The Government House Open Day program is subject to the possibility that scheduled Open Days may be cancelled or changed at short notice because of operational requirements or bad weather such as when it is wet or windy.

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To contact the Office of the Administrator email or phone +6723 22152 (Norfolk Island).