Australian Electoral Commission

Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) elections

Updated: 6 May 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.


The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) will call for nominations of candidates who wish to contest the election on Tuesday 31 May 2016. Nominations close at 5pm on Wednesday 29 June 2016.

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

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 4051 7694

Torres Strait Regional Authority
46 Victoria Parade, Thursday Island

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