Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) elections

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

All Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal people enrolled within a contested ward who are 18 years of age and over are eligible to vote.

The most recent general election for the TSRA Board was conducted on Saturday 30 July 2016.

More information about the operations of the TSRA can be found on the Torres Strait Regional Authority’s website.

Nominations

Nominations closed Wednesday 28 October 2020

Voting

To be eligible to vote in the 2020 TSRA Election you must:

  • be a Torres Strait Islander or an Aboriginal person
  • be 18 years of age or older on polling day
  • be enrolled on the Commonwealth Electoral Roll for an address in a ward by 5pm on Friday 13 November 2020.

Polling details

Day/Date

Start

Finish

Ward

Venue

Address

Tue, 24 November 2020

9am

12pm

St Pauls

St Pauls Community Hall

Saveka Street

Tue, 24 November 2020

10am

2pm

Erub Island

Erub Council Library

Medigee Village

Tue, 24 November 2020

10am

2pm

Saibai Island

Bistro Undercover Area

Opposite TSIRC Office

Tue, 24 November 2020

1.30pm

3.30pm

Kubin

Kubin Community Hall

70 Ikilgau Yabu

Wed, 25 November 2020

9am

12pm

Iama Island

Iama Community Hall

Mosby Street

Wed, 25 November 2020

1.30pm

4pm

Warraber Island

Warraber Community Hall

52 Ganaia Street

Wed, 25 November 2020

9am

12pm

Boigu Island

Boigu Community Hall

37 Chambers Street

Wed, 25 November 2020

2pm

4pm

Mabuiag Island

Mabuiag Community Hall

Map Street

Thu, 26 November 2020

9am

3.30pm

Badu Island

Badu Community Hall

Nona Street

Thu, 26 November 2020

10am

2.30pm

Mer Island

Mer Community Hall

Lot 2 Marou Road

Thu, 26 November 2020

10.30am

1pm

Hammond Island

Hammond Island Community Hall

Francis Road

Fri, 27 November 2020

10.30am

2.30pm

Poruma Island

Lamont Kiosk

Mimia Street

Fri, 27 November 2020

10.30am

1.30pm

Seisia

Seisia Community Hall

Tumema Street

Sat, 28 November 2020

9am

3pm

Ngurapai & Muralag

Ngurapai Sports Complex

43 Nawie Street, Horn Island

Sat, 28 November 2020

9am

4pm

Bamaga

NPA State College, Senior Campus - Library

Sagaukaz Street, Bamaga

Sat, 28 November 2020

9am

5pm

Port Kennedy

Anglican Parish Hall

124 Douglas Street, Thursday Island

Sat, 28 November 2020

9am

5pm

TRAWQ

Tamwoy Community Hall

2-4 Olandi Street, Thursday Island

Postal voting

If you are unable to vote at a polling booth on polling day or at an early voting centre or mobile polling booth, you can apply to have your ballot paper sent to you in the mail.

Once your application is completed, it must be returned to the Returning Officer. Your postal vote application must be received by the Returning Officer by the last mail clearance on Thursday 26 November 2020. It is recommended you return your completed application as early as possible to allow sufficient time for the voting material to be sent to you for completion. It is recommended you email the completed application form if possible.

Scrutineers

Scrutineers may, on behalf of the candidates, observe the voting, counting and distribution of preferences conducted by polling officials. Candidates cannot act as scrutineers for themselves.

Liaison Officer

The Liaison Officer’s job is to protect the rights of Torres Strait Islanders and Aboriginal people in this election. If the Liaison Officer believes that a voter is not a Torres Strait Islander or an Aboriginal person, they will complete a form for the Regional Panel to review. If the voter wishes to appeal against the objection they can complete the voter’s appeal section of this form.

COVID-19

The AEC is implementing a number of measures to protect the health of community members and staff.

The AEC has developed a COVID-19 Work Health and Safety Service Plan to oversee election delivery and ensure appropriate processes are in place so that nominations and voting are conducted in a safe way.

Contact information

Mr David Stuart, Returning Officer
Australian Electoral Commission
Cairns Address: Level 2, Commonwealth Centre
104 Grafton St, Cairns City
Postal address: PO Box 5024
Cairns QLD 4870
Telephone: 07 3834 3431 or 0427 691 014
Fax: 02 6293 7667
Email: tsra@aec.gov.au

Torres Strait Regional Authority
Address: Level 1 Torres Strait Haus
46 Victoria Parade
Thursday Island
Telephone: 07 4069 0700
Toll-free: 1800 079 093
Fax: 07 4069 1879
Email: info@tsra.gov.au
Website: www.tsra.gov.au

More information

PVAs and the Election Guide can also be obtained from the Returning Officer and the Torres Strait Regional Authority.

Results of TSRA elections

Updated: 24 November 2020
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