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TSRA Online Action Plan
The TSRA is a Commonwealth Authority which was established on 1 July 1994 under the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Act 1989, now known as the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2005 (ATSI Act 2005). Under the 1989 Act, the Torres Strait was one of 35 ATSIC regions throughout Australia. A review of this Act proposed the creation of a separate Torres Strait authority with the same powers as ATSIC.
Following consultation with the Torres Strait Regional Council and the Council’s subsequent historic decision, the Parliament of Australia established the Torres Strait Regional Authority.
The TSRA consists of an elected arm and an administrative arm. The elected arm is comprised of 20 elected representatives who are Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal people living in the Torres Strait region. Prior to the election in l 2012, seventeen TSRA Members were Torres Strait Island Regional Council (TSIRC) and Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council (NPARC) Councillors elected under the Local Government Act 1993 (Qld), while three TSRA Members were elected under Division 5 of the ATSI Act 2005 (for the TSC wards).
On 15 September 2012 the first separate TSRA Board election will be conducted by the Australian Electoral Commission. Twenty TSRA electoral wards have been created.
The TSRA also performs separate functions under the Native Title Act 1993 as the Native Title Representative Body (NTRB) for the Torres Strait Region.
The TSRA is the peak Commonwealth representative body for Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal people living in the Torres Strait.
The TSRA aims to improve the lifestyle and well-being of Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal people living in the region through the implementation of programs that address their poor socio-economic and health status.
The vision of the TSRA is Empowering our people, in our decision, in our culture for our future.
Electronic Procurement and Payment
The TSRA does not accept any payments electronically using its website. However, the Agency is capable of purchasing from suppliers who wish to deal with the TSRA electronically using open standards.