Who We Are

The Norfolk Island People for Democracy (NIPD) is a movement with over 1000 supporters fighting to restore to the Norfolk Island People their rightful heritage and to have Norfolk Island inscribed on the United Nations List of Non-Self-Governing Territories.

We are campaigning for Australia to inscribe Norfolk Island and fulfil its International Obligation under Article 73e of the United Nations Charter XI to allow the Norfolk Island People an act of Self-Determination.

All peoples have the right to self-determination and by virtue of that right can freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development”.

– United Nations General Assembly resolution 1514

How We Began

On 19 March 2015, Norfolk Island suffered an enormous blow against its government processes when the Commonwealth government of Australia announced its unwarranted and ill informed decision to remove the Island’s Legislative Assembly.

On 8 May 2015, the Norfolk Island People voted overwhelmingly in support of their “right to freely determine their political status, their economic, social and cultural development”. Australia chose to ignore the outcome of the legally constituted referendum and to disregard the rights of the Norfolk Island People.

This is a summary of our situation today:

  1. Self-government has been removed.

  2. Norfolk Island is now a Non Self-Governing Territory.

  3. Norfolk Island may now be inscribed on the United Nations List of Non Self Governing Territories.

  4. Upon Inscription, there are protective rights accorded to the Norfolk Island People by the United Nations to allow them to freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development.

On 18 May 2015 a small group of Norfolk Island people came together to set in motion an action plan to ensure our rights are restored and protected thereafter. The group has adopted the title of Norfolk Island People for Democracy (NIPD). Today we have over 1000 supporters and growing.

First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

We invite you to support our cause and be part of a strong team working to regain Norfolk Island’s rightful and democratic voice.