TSRA

Name: 
Torres Strait Regional Authority
Type: 
NTRB

It is deeply satisfying to find myself up here assisting with complex native title matters. I am learning so much.

Daniel Wells, TSRA

As a third-generation Mitakoodi woman and law student, I considered gaining an internship with the Torres Strait Regional Authority’s Native Title Office (TSRA) as more than an invaluable learning opportunity. It was a chance to work for a Commonwealth Authority dedicated to native title and Australian Indigenous affairs. The placement has encouraged my aspiration to work in native title as a legal practitioner.

Annie O'Riley, TSRA

The Torres Strait is a region like no other – living and working here was an enormous privilege. In terms of legal training, I have learnt more in a few weeks than I have in years of prior book-learning and exposed me to the inherent political dimensions of native title work.

Danielle Wells, TSRA

I am also grateful that this internship has provided an opportunity to test my aptitude for self-directed research and learning. ​

Samudhya Jayasekara, TSRA

The best aspect of my internship has been the fact that I have been able to travel to a remote region, slot into an established role and organisation which provides me with a great platform to engage in ongoing Indigenous issues.    

Harj Narulla, TSRA

Meeting traditional owners and learning more about the customs and traditions in the area was incredibly rewarding.

Tim Farhall, TSRA

For budding lawyers, the chance to play a significant role in the work of a specialist legal office like the native title office of the TSRA, cannot be underestimated. 

Hayden Teo, TSRA

The most rewarding aspect of my time at TSRA was feeling that I was being genuinely helpful. The more I learnt about the Sea Claim and the traditional owners, the prouder I was to be involved.

Tim Farhall, TSRA

Personally speaking, learning about the importance of connection to culture was a life-changing experience.I acquired a strong sense of appreciation and respect for the peoples’ pride in their ancestors’ customs, knowledge and careful maintenance of family lands.​

Samudhya Jayasekara, TSRA

I have a massively improved understanding of Torres Strait Islander culture, and the legal, social, political and economic challenges facing the region. I feel as though these lessons will be transferable in many respects.  

Harj Narulla, TSRA

My internship with the TSRA was the absolute highlight of my law degree and served as a kind reminder of why I enrolled in law school. I wouldn’t have received my education without the support of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.​

Annie O'Riley, TSRA

This is an amazing opportunity to ask questions and get clarification and a unique perspective on things that are unclear about the native title system. Take advantage of it. Read enough to know the right questions, and listen more than you talk

Rachel Arthur, TSRA

My experience here has been life-changing and I really feel like my heart is here in the Torres Strait. I really love the lifestyle and the genuine people that I live and work with.

Chloe Johnco, TSRA

Without the internship program, I doubt I would have had the opportunity to work with so many great clients, visited so many amazing places, develop such a wide range of legal skills and assist in achieving some great outcomes for our first nations people.

Sheree Sharma, TSRA

One of the best aspects of the internship experience is the feeling that you are finally doing what you have wanted to do for a very long time.

Chloe Johnco, TSRA

Although six weeks is a short period of time, what I have learnt about the Torres Strait Islander culture, the politics of island life and how land tenure and Indigenous rights play out in the native title arena, has been exponential.

Bianca Fernandes, TSRA

My experience here has been life-changing and I really feel like my heart is here in the Torres Strait. I really love the lifestyle and the genuine people that I live and work with.

Chloe Johnco, TSRA