Norfolk Island is a self-governing external territory of Australia, located in the Pacific Ocean. This is a federal constitutional monarchy, with Queen Elizabeth II as the head of state. The Queen and the Australian federal government are represented here by an Administrator. Local currency is the Australian dollar. Official languages are English and Norfuk.
The main economic sector on the island is tourism. Norfolk Island population and companies used to be exempted from Australian federal taxes, leading to the creation of a tax haven both for locals and foreigners. However, such taxation regime was voluntarily abolished by the local government in order to cover the island’s debts. New income taxation was introduced in 2016. Therefore, Norfolk Island is not considered a tax haven anymore.
Australian corporate law is based on English law. Business activities in Norfolk Island are regulated by the 2001 Corporations Act of Australia and other relevant laws.
Main types of businesses in Norfolk Island
- Company limited by shares
- Company limited by guarantee
- Company limited both by shares and by guarantee
- Unlimited company
What is a commercial register?
In our video we explain the definition and function of a commercial register and how you can verify the reliability and solvency of your foreign business partner.
Should you wish to check the sincerity of your foreign business partner’s request, Schmidt&Schmidt will gladly assist you.
We offer extracts from the commercial registers of more than 100 different registers in countries spread all around the globe. Additionally, we offer annual statements for a variety of companies. The original extract from any commercial register can be sent to you by mail or as a pdf-file via e-mail. Besides that, commercial register extracts can be authenticated with an apostille.
Before the aforementioned reforms, Norfolk Island used to have a full autonomy in company registration matters and management of the commercial register. However, in 2016 began the integration of the legislation of Norfolk Island with that of mainland Australia, and there is a plan to include the full database of Norfolk companies in the Australian business register. Today the commercial register of Norfolk Island is managed by the Registry of Lands, Companies, Births, Deaths and Marriages Department.
Contents of the register
Main extract available from the commercial register of Norfolk Island is a company profile. It comes in the English language and contains information about a company, relevant at the moment of the request.
- Full legal name
- Registration number and date
- Legal address
- Contact details
- Type of business
- Current status (active/inactive)
- Main activities
- Key management and shareholders
- Corporate statistics
NB: Information about some companies may be unavailable, or available for a fee.
Search in the register is not free of charge. Search results are sent to you within 3-5 days after request submission.
To get a required document, we will need the following information about a company:
- Full legal name
- Registration number
An extract from the business register of Norfolk Island can be used in order to:
- Obtain detailed information about potential business partners
- Negotiate foreign trade agreements
- Register legal entities with foreign participation
- File legal claims
Norfolk Island acceded to the The Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents on 11 July 1994 as a part of Australia.
Therefore, the documents issued in Norfolk Island are subject to a simplified apostilling procedure, thus the documents gain full legal value in Convention member states after notarised translation.
In addition, you can order notarised translation from English.
We provide extracts from the register in strict compliance with the legislation of the Commonwealth of Australia and the General Data Protection Regulation.
Inquiries are processed within one working day. Courier delivery of apostilled documents is paid separately by courier service tariffs.
Our services can be paid by bank transfer, PayPal or by credit card.
You can order free preliminary availability check of required information on our website.
|Service||Price incl. German VAT 19%||Price excl. VAT|
|Price for an Electronic Extract||from 119,00 €||from 100,00 €|
|Price for an Extract with Apostille without international shipping||from 595,00 €||from 500,00 €|