The four-year term of the TSRA Board elected in 2008 ended in September 2012 when new Members were elected and a new was Board formed.
The 2008 - 2012 Board consisted of 20 community representatives. Fifteen Members were elected under the Local Government Act 1993 (Qld) as Councillors on the Torres Strait Island Regional Council. Two Members, representing the Bamaga and Seisia communities in the Northern Peninsula Area, held office by virtue of their election to the Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council. The remaining three Members were elected in accordance with Division 5 of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2005 (Cth) for the Wards of Port Kennedy, Ngarupai (Horn Island) and Muralag (Prince of Wales) Island (combined) and the combined Ward of Tamwoy, Rosehill, Aplin, Waiben and Quarantine (TRAWQ) on Thursday Island.