Under section 142E of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2005 (Cth), the Minister has powers of direction in relation to the TSRA. Section 142E of the Act states:
- The TSRA must perform its functions and exercise its powers in accordance with any general written directions given to it by the Minister.
- The Minister must not give directions about the content of any advice, information or recommendation that may be given by the TSRA to a Minister, Department of State or authority of the Commonwealth.
The Minister must not give directions about the content of any advice, information or recommendation that may be given by the TSRA to:
- a Minister of a State or Territory; or
- a Department of a State or Territory; or
- an authority of a State or Territory; except for the purpose of protecting the confidentiality of information given to the TSRA by the Commonwealth or an authority of the Commonwealth.
- Subject to subsection (5), the Minister must cause a copy of a direction to be laid before each House of the Parliament within 15 sitting days of that House after that direction was given.
- The rule in subsection (4) does not apply if the laying of a copy of a direction before each House of the Parliament would result in the disclosure of a matter in a manner that would be inconsistent with the views or sensitivities of Torres Strait Islanders or Aboriginal persons.
The TSRA did not receive any formal Directions from the Minister during the reporting period.