Vonda Malone

Vonda Lisa Malone is the Chief executive officer of the Torres Strait Regional Authority starting her five-year term on 1 May 2022[2] and is on the NIAA Senior Advisory Group.[3] Vonda was the first female Mayor[4][2] of the Torres Shire Council.[5][6][7]

Vonda Lisa Malone
Thursday Island, Australia[1]
NationalityTorres Strait Islander, Australian
Other namesVonda Lisa Moar
OccupationChief executive officer


Vonda is the daughter of Mary Isabella (Bella) Moar and is of Peidu Tribe, Erub Island[8] and grew up on Thursday Island in the Torres Strait region.[9]


An Australian Diplomat with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and then with United Nations Office of the Human Rights Commission.[9][1] Vonda is founding Chair of Torres Health Indigenous Corporation[10] and was Chair of the Torres Cape Indigenous Council Alliance.[11] and was a member of Indigenous Reference Group for the Developing Northern Australia Initiative.[12] Chair of Community Enterprise Queensland/Islanders Industry Board of Service (IBIS) since 2012[13][14] and member of the Telstra Advisory Committee.[1] Vonda was Executive Manager of the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Area Health Partnership.[14][15] Vonda is also a 2001 Fellow of the United Nations Office of the Human Rights Commission Indigenous Fellowship Program,[16] a member of the Oxfam Australia Straight Talk Steering Committee,[17] representative on the TCHHS Clinical Safety and quality Committee, member of the Torres Strait Dementia Project and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.[14]


  • Centenary Medal - For distinguished contribution to the Torres Strait Regional Authority.[18]
  • 2017 McKinnon Emerging Political Leader of the Year[9]
  • NAIDOC Award of Excellence.[19]


  • Fellow of Australian Rural Leadership Program[16]
  • Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management[16][14]
  • Graduate Certificate in Australian Rural Leadership[16]


  1. ^ a b c "Councillor Vonda Malone, Mayor, Torres Shire Council". NAIDOC. 15 June 2018. Retrieved 18 April 2022.
  2. ^ a b "Local leader appointed top role in Torres Strait". TSRA. 6 April 2022. Retrieved 18 April 2022.
  3. ^ "Voice Co-Design Senior Advisory Group". 8 November 2019. Retrieved 18 April 2022.
  5. ^ "2016 Torres Shire Council - Mayoral Election - Election Summary". results.ecq.qld.gov.au. Archived from the original on 17 March 2019. Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  6. ^ "Mayor - Torres Shire Council". www.torres.qld.gov.au. Archived from the original on 21 October 2019. Retrieved 14 February 2020.
  7. ^ "2020 Local Government Elections: Saturday, 28 March 2020". Electoral Commission of Queensland. 2020. Retrieved 16 June 2020.[dead link]
  8. ^ "Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group". Queensland Human Rights Commission. Retrieved 8 May 2022.
  9. ^ a b c "Cr Vonda Malone: McKinnon Emerging Political Leader of the Year". McKinnon Prize in Political Leadership. 15 March 2018. Retrieved 18 April 2022.
  10. ^ "Torres Health Board". Torres Health. Retrieved 18 April 2022.
  11. ^ "TCICA COMMUNIQUE AUGUST 2019". Torres Cape Indigenous Council Alliance. Retrieved 18 April 2022.
  12. ^ "Cr Vonda Malone". Indigenous Voice. Retrieved 18 April 2022.
  13. ^ "Community Enterprise Queensland Welcomes New Board". CEQ News. 28 July 2021. Retrieved 18 April 2022.
  14. ^ a b c d "Vonda Malone". National Climate Emergency Summit. Retrieved 18 April 2022.
  15. ^ "Senior Medicare Role for Vonda". Torres News. 15 May 2013. p. 7. Retrieved 18 April 2022.
  16. ^ a b c d "ARLP GRADUATES Course 19" (PDF). AUSTRALIAN RURAL LEADERSHIP PROGRAM. Retrieved 18 April 2022.
  17. ^ "Oxfam Engaging Indigenous Australian Women In Policy-Making Process With National Forum". Agora Portal. 14 July 2017. Retrieved 8 May 2022.
  18. ^ "Centenary Medal". AUSTRALIAN HONOURS SEARCH FACILITY. 1 January 2001. Retrieved 18 April 2022.
  19. ^ "TORRES MAYOR". F Magazine. 6 July 2018. Retrieved 18 April 2022.