Company Registration in Norfolk Island - Offshore Business Starting & Setup

Want to set up a firm in Norfolk? We can assist you in starting a business or in buying a shelf company in Norfolk with a full package of necessary documents, legal advice and follow-up support. Incorporation of a firm in Norfolk includes provision of a registered office (for at least 1 year in any of our service plans), an apostilled set of constitutional documents, secretarial services and assistance with compliance fee and pre-approval for opening an account in banks of Norfolk. The total price of an offshore company formation in Norfolk includes all necessary fees and charges for the first year of operation, as well as full one-year nominee service (package Optimum).

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Company registration
Legal address per year
Secretarial services for the first year
Fees and duties for the first year
Apostilled bound set of incorporation documents
Nominee service per year
Bank Account Pre-approval
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6 000 USD

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Legal System

Legal system of Norfolk Island is based on English common law and the laws of Australia.

Norfolk is governed under the provisions of the Norfolk Island Act 1979.

Norfolk Island has its own corporation’s legislation under the Companies Act 1985 (NI).

Types of entity in Norfolk

The principal forms of business organization in Norfolk Island are:

  • company limited by guarantee;
  • company limited by shares;
  • company limited both by shares and by guarantee;
  • unlimited company/.

The most common structure is company limited by shares.


Company name

There is a range of requirements to the company name in Norfolk:

  1. A limited company shall have the word “Limited” or the abbreviation “Ltd.” as part of and at the end of its name.
  2. A company name should not be identical or too similar with the already registered name.
  3. A company name should not be, in the opinion of the Registrar, undesirable.
  4. A name that suggests connection with Government, Royal family, Crown, Commonwealth of Nations, etc.

Company Registration in Norfolk

The following steps are required to incorporate a company in Norfolk:

  1. Reserve a company name: A company name can be reserved for 3 months.
  2. Submit the memorandum and the articles of the proposed company with the Registrar: The memorandum shall state, in addition to other requirements, such of the following as are relevant to the company: company name, the amount of share capital, the full names, addresses and occupations of the subscribers to the memorandum being natural persons, and the corporate names, and the addresses of the registered or principal offices, of the subscribers to the memorandum being corporations.
  3. Obtain Norfolk Business Number (NBN): Persons conducting business on Norfolk Island are required to register with the GST Office and obtain a Norfolk Business Number or NBN and must quote that number in business documents to comply with the Goods and Services Tax Act 2007 (NI).

Upon registration, Companies Registrar issues Certificate of Incorporation.

Local Registered Office

A Norfolk company shall, from and including the day of its incorporation under this Act, have a registered office in Norfolk Island. The office shall be situated in a building and shall be open and accessible to the public. Notice of a change in the situation of the registered office of a company shall be lodged by the company with the Registrar not later than 7 days after the day on which the change occurs.

All kinds of registers, including register of members, register of directors, etc. should be kept at the registered office. If the company arranges with some other person to make up the register on its behalf and the office of that other person at which the work is done is in Norfolk Island, it may be kept at that office; or, if the Registrar approves, it may be kept at some other place in Norfolk Island.


A Norfolk company should have a common seal with a company name in legible characters.

A company may, if so authorized by its articles, have for use outside Norfolk Island in place of its common seal one or more official seals, each of which shall be a facsimile of the common seal of the company with the addition on its face of the name of each place where it is to be used.


The redomiciliation of companies to or from Norfolk is permitted.

Company structure


A Norfolk company limited by shares shall have at least 2 directors, at least one director should be a natural person. There are no residency requirements.

Directors’ details appear on public profile. Nominee directors are allowed.

Directors’ meeting should take place annually in Norfolk or in any other place.


A company shall have at least one secretary. A secretary of a company shall be appointed by the directors. A person is not capable of being a secretary of a company unless the person is a natural person who has attained the age of 18 years. The secretary, or one of the secretaries, shall be a person who ordinarily resides in Norfolk Island. A secretary who ordinarily resides in Norfolk Island shall be present at the registered office of the company in person or by his agent on the days and during the hours when the registered office is required to be open and accessible to the public.


A Norfolk company should have at least two shareholders. Shareholders can be natural persons or bodies corporate. There are no residency requirements.

A company shall keep a register of its members and enter in that register the names and addresses of the members and a statement of the shares held by each member. Shareholders’ register is publicly accessible.

A company shall hold annual general meeting at least once in every calendar year and within the period of 5 months after the end of that financial year. A company may hold its first annual general meeting at any time within the period of 18 months after its incorporation.


The details of the beneficial owner are available on public record.

Share capital and shares

Minimum share capital is 2 ordinary shares. Standard par value of shares is 1 AUD. Standard amount of authorized capital is 10.000 AUD. The payment deadline of authorized and issued capital is 28 days.

Bearer shares and shares with nor par are prohibited.


Online Gambling

Online Gambling in Norfolk Island started in 1998 with the Gaming Supervision Act 1998. The act established the Norfolk Island Gaming Authority as an independent statutory authority which has the power to regulate and enforce the Norfolk Island's gaming and licensing legislation.

The Authority's principal functions include the approval and regulation of gaming and bookmaking operations. Interactive gaming license and Bookmakers gaming license are the two types of licenses issued by the Norfolk Island gaming Authority. The authority limits its gaming licenses and does not issue multiple gaming licenses. Interactive gaming refers to the casino type of games while the bookmakers gaming refers to the event betting, racing and sports.

The regulations of the Norfolk Island Gaming Authority are similar to that of Australia's gaming authority.

Frequently Asked Questions about Company Registration in Norfolk

How much does it cost to register a company in Norfolk?
The fee of opening a company in Norfolk depends on the type of company to be registered and the type of activity you will be engaged in. The minimum package of services costs USD 6000 and includes: registration of the company on a turnkey basis, lease of the registered office for a year and secretarial services, payment of all necessary duties and fees, as well as apostilled translation of the constituent documents.
Is Norfolk an offshore?
No, Norfolk Island is not considered an offshore jurisdiction. It is an external territory of Australia located in the Pacific Ocean, between Australia, New Zealand, and New Caledonia. Norfolk Island has its own government and operates under its own laws and regulations, which are different from those of Australia. However, it is not considered a tax haven or offshore jurisdiction, and it is subject to Australian taxation laws.
How long does it take to set up a company in Norfolk?
The process of setting up a new company in Norfolk, from applying for registration to receiving a set of documents, is 5 days.
Do I need pay income taxes on Norfolk Island?
Residents of Norfolk Island are required to pay income tax on their worldwide income.

Core Services and fees for the formation of a company in Norfolk

— Incorporation

Price6 000 USD

(including incorporation tax and state registry fee)

— Annual government fees


(Stamp Duty) and Companies House incorporation fee

— Corporate legal services

Price5 000 USD

(including registered address and registered agent)

—Delivery of documents by courier mail

Price250 USD

DHL or TNT, at cost of a Courier Service

— Apostilled set of Statutory documents

Pricefrom 750 USD

Basic set of documents for setup of a company in Norfolk

Reservation of Name Application

Memorandum and Artcles of Association

Notice on Registered Office

Director Consent

Persons consented to be Directors


Director Register

Return of Allotment of Shares

Verification of Documents

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    Nominee Director

    Paid-up “nominee director” set includes the following documents

    Nominee Shareholder

    Paid-up “nominee shareholder” set includes the following documents

    Compliance fee in Norfolk

    Compliance fee is payable in the cases of: incorporation of a company, renewal of a company, liquidation of a company, transfer out of a company, issue of a power of attorney to a new attorney, change of director / shareholder / BO (except the change to a nominee director / shareholder), signing of documents


    Price350 USD

    For legal entity in structure under GSL administration

    Price150 USD

    For legal entity in structure not under GSL administration

    Price200 USD

    For client with high risk Status

    Price450 USD

    Signing of documents

    Price100 USD

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