Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) elections

Updated: 13 September 2019

Torres Strait Regional Authority by-election for Ugar Island ward

A by-election for the Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) Ugar Island ward will be held on Saturday 12 October 2019.

Eligible Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal people who live on Ugar Island can vote if they are enrolled by 5pm on Friday 27 September 2019. Voting is not compulsory.

Full details can be found in the By-election Guide 2019 Ugar Island Ward.

The key dates for the by-election are:
Date Event or activity

Monday 29 July 2019

Gazettal of notice fixing day of polling

Tuesday 13 August 2019

Candidate nominations open

Wednesday 11 September 2019

Candidate nominations close 5pm AEST

Wednesday 11 September 2019

Final day for receipt of candidate photographs 5pm AEST

Thursday 12 September 2019

Declaration of nominations 12-5pm AEST

Friday 27 September 2019

Close of electoral roll 5pm AEST

Monday 30 September 2019

Commence postal voting (provided ballot papers are available)

Thursday 10 October 2019

Final day for receipt of postal vote applications 5pm AEST

Saturday 12 October 2019

Election day

Friday 1 November 2019

Final day for declaration of the poll

Who can vote?

You can vote in the by-election if you are:

  • a Torres Strait Islander or Aboriginal person,
  • aged 18 years or older, and
  • correctly enrolled at an address within the Ugar Island ward.

If you need to enrol – or if you have moved house and need to update your enrolment address – please complete a new enrolment form and return it to the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) by 5pm on Friday 27 September 2019.

Enrolment forms are available from any Australia Post outlet, TSRA office and AEC office, or you can enrol online.

By-election candidates

Candidate nominations have now closed. On 12 September 2019 nominations were declared and a ballot paper position draw followed. The following table lists the candidates for the ward in the order they will appear on the ballot paper.

Name Ballot Paper Position
PANUEL, Alapasa 1



Details of polling and voting options will be available as soon as they are confirmed.

How do I obtain more information?

More information is available in the By-election guide or you can contact:

  • Mr David Stuart

    TSRA Returning Officer
    PO Box 1146
    Cairns QLD 4870
    Telephone: 07 3834 3431
    Fax: 02 6293 7622
    Online: AEC TSRA contact form

Casual vacancy in Boigu Island ward

A casual vacancy for the Boigu Island ward of the Torres Strait Regional Authority was filled on 30 August 2019. Details of the successful candidate and the process followed can be found in the statement of proceedings and results.

Background on Torres Strait Regional Authority elections

Elections are held every four years for all 20 TSRA wards. Members are elected from Torres Strait Islander or Aboriginal people entitled to vote in their TSRA ward.

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 and Warraber Island.

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

Results for recent elections can be found here:

More information about the operations of the TSRA can be found at the Authority’s website.

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