TSRA

Name: 
Torres Strait Regional Authority
Type: 
NTRB

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

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

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

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

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

Tim Farhall, TSRA

My experiences on placement will no doubt inform how I approach my legal career and personal interactions into the future. It was gratifying to contribute to the work of the lawyers which directly assists Traditional Owners to exercise rights over their land.

Anneke Tykocinski, 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

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

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

I’ve had such a good time learning the practice of native title first hand. It has really solidified the concepts and has been interesting to see how they work in practice. It’s definitely been the best work experience I have been involved in at uni and has made me really keen to practice native title in my career.

Zachary Fraser, TSRA

It’s been illuminating for me in many ways to observe and assist with the work that the NTO does, and I can’t imagine that I can stay away from the Torres Strait for long…

Dinu Kumarasinghe, 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

What I want future students who consider this placement to take away from my own experiences is that it is as challenging as it is rewarding, and that the experience will prompt you to start considering some major ethical questions and what values you hold close. I think this reflexive thinking is important for all student anthropologists to learn before graduation, and that is why I recommend the Aurora Internship.

Vanessa Eagles, TSRA

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

Daniel Wells, TSRA

The support I received from Aurora was phenomenal in organising the travel and accommodation for my placement. It’s such an amazing program and I will happily urge anyone interested to apply. Thanks so much for such an amazing experience. It has motivated to pursue a career that helps people.

Zac Fraser, 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

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

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

Samudhya Jayasekara, 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

My expectations were by far exceeded as I had the most empowering and inspiring time. I felt as though I learnt so much during my time on Thursday Island, both about the law in practice as well as the Torres Strait Culture and way of life.

Zac Fraser, 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