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The TSRA's enabling legislation is the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2005 (Cth). Part 3A, Division 1, section 142 of the Act states:
- A Torres Strait Regional Authority is established.
- is a body corporate, with perpetual succession; and
- is to have a common seal; and
- may acquire, hold and dispose of real and personal property; and
- may sue and be sued in its corporate name.