In 2016, Norfolk Island made a minimal advancement in efforts to prevent the worst forms of child labor. In June, the Norfolk Island Administration Act went into effect, which established that New South Wales state laws apply to Norfolk Island; this raised the compulsory education age to 17 years. Although research found no evidence that child labor, including its worst forms, exists on Norfolk Island, gaps in the legal framework fail to prevent children from involvement in the worst forms of child labor. Legislation does not prescribe a minimum age for employment, prohibit hazardous work for children, or fully protect minors under age 18 from commercial sexual exploitation.
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