Australian Electoral Commission

Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) elections

Updated: 30 June 2016
  • Election day for the TSRA is 30 July 2016

The TSRA Board consists of 20 elected members who are Torres Strait Islander or Aboriginal people living within a ward in the region. Board members are elected every four years.


The wards are Badu Island, Bamaga, Boigu Island, Dauan Island, Erub Island, Hammond Island, Iama Island, Kubin, Mabuiag Island, Masig Island, Mer Island, Ngurapai and Muralag, Port Kennedy, Poruma Island, Saibai Island, Seisia, St Pauls, TRAWQ, Ugar Island, Warraber Island.


Nominations for candidates have now closed. A ballot paper position draw was conducted on 30 June 2016. Listed below are the candidates for each ward in the position they will appear on the ballot paper.

Contested Wards
Ward Name Ballot Paper Position
Badu Island MORSEU, George Dennis 1
NOMOA, Manuel 2
STOW, Geiza 3
BAIRA, Horace 4
Bamaga YUSIA, Patricia 1
SABATINO, Ilario 2
Boigu Island BANU, Donald 1
PETER, Eric John 2
Erub Island BEDFORD, Kenneth Reginald 1
GHEE, Isaac Francis David 2
SAYLOR, Chris 3
GELA, Jimmy Joe 4
Hammond Island DORANTE, Seriako 1
GELA, Fred 2
Iama Island KEPA, Jack 1
LUI, Getano (Jnr) 2
BANN, Billy 3
Kubin KANAI, Garagu 1
MANAS, Louise Eileen 2
BOSUN, David 3
Mabuiag Island FELL, Keith 1
REPU, Cygnet J. 2
WHAP, Frank J. 3
Mer Island NOAH, Aven Stanley 1
Port Kennedy STEPHEN, Pedro 1
SAGIGI, Robert Bongo 2
AH WANG, Pauline 3
FUJII, Romina 4
DAVID, Frank 5
Poruma Island FAUID, Frank (Snr) 1
PEARSON, Francis 2
St Pauls LUI, Kiwat 1
PAIWAN, John 2
ABEDNEGO, John Stephen 2
KRIS, Ella 3
GELA, Saimo 4
Warraber Island LUI, Willie 1
BILLY, Iris 2

There is no election in wards where there is only one candidate nominated. These are called ‘uncontested wards’ because the sole candidate will be declared the ‘duly elected’ member of the TSRA. This is outlined in section 143A of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2005.

For the 2016 TSRA election, there is only one candidate nominated for the following wards
Ward Candidate
Dauan Island GAIDAN, Joel George
Masig Island MOSBY, Hilda
Ngurapai and Muralag LOBAN, Yen N.
Saibai Island ANIBA, Chelsea
Seisia ELU, Joseph
Ugar Island STEPHEN, Jerry Dixie

These wards, therefore, will not have an election. Once the results are known for all TSRA wards (including those that do have an election) the AEC will declare all winning candidates (including those listed above) as ‘duly elected’.

Who can vote?

You can vote in the TSRA 2016 elections if you are:

  • a Torres Strait Islander or Aboriginal person,
  • aged 18 years or over, and
  • correctly enrolled at an address within a ward

If you need to enrol, or have moved and need to update your enrolment address details, complete an online enrolment form and return it to the AEC by 5pm on Friday 15 July 2016.

How to make your vote count

You will receive one ballot paper for your Ward. Take your time to complete the ballot paper and write clearly.

For your vote to count you must fill in your ballot paper correctly by:

  • putting a number '1' in the box next to the person you would most like to represent you (the candidate who is your first choice)

if you wish you may also:

  • put a number '2' in the box next to the person who is your second choice,
  • put a number '3' in the box beside your third choice and so on, until there is a number in every box

Postal vote application

If you will not be able to vote at a polling place on election day, at a mobile polling place, or at a pre-poll voting centre, then you can apply to have your ballot paper sent to you through the post.

You will need to fill in an application for a postal vote, which is available below or from the Returning Officer, the TSRA Office. Once you have filled it in, you must send the application to the Returning Officer who will then send you a Postal Voter Card and ballot paper. It is recommended that you post your application as early as possible, and it must be received by the Returning Officer by the last mail clearance on Thursday 28 July 2016 at the latest, to allow sufficient time for the voting material to be sent to you for completion and posting before the close of poll.

Contact information

Mr David Stuart, Returning Officer
Australian Electoral Commission
Floor 2, Commonwealth Centre
104 Grafton St, Cairns City

Telephone: 07 4051 7188
Fax: 07 3049 2181

Torres Strait Regional Authority
46 Victoria Parade, Thursday Island

Telephone: 07 4069 0700
Toll-free: 1800 079 093
Fax: 07 4069 1879,
Email: Governance&