Torres Strait Regional Authority welcomes new CEO

[supplied by NIAA]

Ms Bin-Juda is welcomed by TSRA Chairperson, Mr Napau Pedro Stephen AM as she commences her first day on the job. (Image supplied)

The Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) has welcomed new Chief Executive Officer, Ms Leilani Bin-Juda PSM, who has commenced her two-year contract with the organisation.


Ms Bin-Juda is the first female to be appointed to the role and is a proud Torres Strait Islander, with ties to Hammond, Darnley and Murray Islands.


“I am very excited to have started my role with the TSRA and to be able to work closely with the Chairperson, Board Members and various Programme areas,” she said.


“The TSRA has a very successful 25 year history as the lead government agency in the region and I look forward to being able to add to its terrific legacy.”


The TSRA Chairperson, Mr Napau Pedro Stephen AM, said he welcomed Ms Bin-Juda and her extensive experience and leadership skills in public administration.


“Ms Bin-Juda has an widespread career in the Australian Public Service including in areas such as international relations, health, fisheries, crime prevention, culture and the arts,” he said


“These are all issues we deal with on a daily throughout various parts of our organisation so her knowledge and networks will prove invaluable.”


Ms Bin-Juda will lead and manage the TSRA administration on a day-to-day basis which includes a workforce of 169 staff of which 76 per cent are Indigenous.


In 2019, Ms Bin-Juda was awarded a Public Service Medal for promoting Indigenous heritage in Australia’s cultural and foreign policies.


Constitutional recognition must involve structure change

[Megan Davis, UNSW]

In the past nine years, there have been five formal, taxpayer-funded, government-endorsed processes, a legislated framework, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Recognition Act 2013 (the Act of Recognition) and eight reports.

The All Stars memories I'll never forget

[Jamie Soward, NRL]

Rooming with Preston Campbell before the 2008 Dreamtime match that kickstarted the All Stars concept and being in the circle when Greg Inglis led the Indigenous war cry in 2016 are among my most treasured memories.

Closing the Gap, Prime time for white declarations

[by Jack Wilkie-Jans]

It’s not unsurprising, as aside from appointing an actual Indigenous Indigenous Affairs Minister there hasn’t been any major reform across the sector - be it in funding (to whom and for what) and in how Indigenous Australians are heard.