Torres Strait Regional Authority

Torres Strait Regional Authority

The Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) is an Australian Government body established to administer the Torres Strait Islands.The TSRA consists of 20 elected representatives.

The primary function of the Authority is to strengthen the economic, social and cultural development of the peoples of the Torres Strait area. The authority was established in 1994. The TSRA was set up to replace the activities that were previously conducted by the abolished Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission. Nearly two thirds of the authority's funds are spent on employment programs. Most of the remaining funding is spent on housing programs.

The TSRA is part of the Territory Coalition, which is trying to gain official Territory status for the Torres Strait Islands. The plan would see the TSRA and local governments in the area abolished.

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