Norfolk Island reform

Please note that from 1 July 2017 minimum rates of pay for Norfolk Island employees have changed. Find out more information about what applies now on this page.

On 1 July 2016, Norfolk Island began transitioning to our national workplace relations system and the Fair Work Act 2009. The transition is happening over 3 stages, ending on 1 July 2018.

Find information on this page about:

What are Norfolk Island employees entitled to now?

Minimum pay rate

All Norfolk Island employees are entitled to the full relevant national minimum wage.

The national minimum wage for national system adult employees is $18.29 per hour.

Junior employees get paid a percentage of the national minimum wage, using the age-based percentage scale of the Miscellaneous Award. To calculate junior rates, use our Pay Calculator and select:

  • the Miscellaneous Award
  • Classification Level 1
  • the age of the junior employee.

Apprentices and trainees in Norfolk Island get the relevant apprentice or trainee wage in the Miscellaneous Award. To calculate the rate, use our Pay Calculator, select the Miscellaneous Award as the award and calculate an apprentice or trainee rate.

An employee with disability can, in some cases, be paid a percentage of the national minimum wage. For more information about employees with disability, see Employees with disability pay rates.

For information about what Norfolk Island employees were entitled to between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2017, read Norfolk Island July 2016 - June 2017 in our Library.

Other entitlements

Like all national system employees, Norfolk Island employees are entitled to:

  • the National Employment Standards (NES). The NES are 10 minimum employment entitlements. They include things like sick leave, annual leave and public holiday entitlements for employees. Find out more about the NES here.
  • extra pay for casual employees. Casual employees also get an extra 25% on top of that pay rate, to make up for not getting other entitlements. Find out who is considered a Casual employee.
  • record-keeping and pay slip obligations. Find out more about Pay slips and record-keeping requirements and use our Templates and guides to help you get started.

Employers will also be able to negotiate enterprise agreements and other registered agreements with employees. Find out more about Agreements.

Public holidays

The following public holidays apply:

  • New Year's Day
  • Australia Day
  • Foundation Day
  • Good Friday
  • Easter Monday
  • ANZAC Day
  • Bounty Day
  • Queen's Birthday
  • Show Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day
  • Boxing Day.

Ending employment

Use our Notice and Redundancy Calculator to work out notice and redundancy entitlements. Only continuous service after 1 July 2016 is counted for:

  • notice
  • redundancy pay, unless the employee had an entitlement to redundancy pay before 1 July 2016.

Since 1 July 2016, employees have been able to apply for unfair dismissal if they've worked more for than 6 months (or 12 months in the case of small business).

Entitlements from 1 July 2018

From 1 July 2018, as part of the national system, Norfolk Island employees will also be covered by awards. Awards set out wages and conditions including overtime and penalty rates for industries or occupations. Go to our Awards page for more information and tools to help you figure out which award covers you.

Existing Norfolk Island laws

Contracts, agreements and determinations made under the:

  • Norfolk Island Employment Act 1988
  • Norfolk Island Public Service Act 2014
  • Norfolk Island Public Sector Remuneration Tribunal Act 1992

apply until 1 July 2018.

If the conditions in any of the above are less favourable than the NES, the NES will apply instead.

Example: Contract with 3 weeks annual leave

An employee on Norfolk Island has a contract with 3 weeks annual leave. The NES gives all full-time and part-time employees 4 weeks of paid annual leave, based on their ordinary hours of work.

The employee must get 4 weeks of paid annual leave each year.

Understanding the Fair Work system

If you're on Norfolk Island, there are some basics you need to know. Find out more about:

You'll also need to get to know your award so you know the entitlements and obligations that will affect you from 1 July 2018. Go to our Awards page for more information.

Need more help?

We're here to help with your transition to the Fair Work system. For help with pay rates or more information on how the Fair Work system affects you, call us. The cost of the call from Norfolk Island will be the price of a local call. You can also email us at

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