Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) elections

Updated: 14 August 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.

How do I nominate as a candidate?

Nominations for candidates open on Tuesday 13 August 2019 and close at 5pm on Wednesday 11 September 2019.

Nomination forms are also available from:

  • TSRA Office, Level 1, 46 Victoria Parade, Thursday Island,
  • Australian Electoral Commission, Level 2, Commonwealth Centre, 104 Grafton Street, Cairns City.

Completed nomination forms can be delivered to the Returning Officer in person, by post, by email or by fax.

How do I obtain more information?

For more information on the by-election, how to nominate as a candidate, voting options and how to make your vote count, you can attend a Nomination and Voter Information Session (details to be advised).

For any further information, please 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

The Australian Electoral Commissioner has received advice that a casual vacancy exists in the Boigu Island ward of the Torres Strait Regional Authority and that, if necessary, a recount will be held to fill the vacancy.

Any unsuccessful candidates from the most recent TSRA election for the Boigu Island ward, held on 30 July 2016, will receive a notice advising them that a vacancy exists and asking whether they want to have their name included in the recount. Such candidates should fill out this declaration form to make their intentions clear.

If an unsuccessful candidate declares their intention to have their name included, a recount to fill the vacancy will take place as soon as possible after noon on Friday 30 August 2019 at:

Australian Electoral Commission
Level 2, Commonwealth Centre
104 Grafton St

Enquiries should be directed to the Returning Officer, Mr David Stuart, on on 07 3834 3431.

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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