Walter Waia is a Saibai Islander employed by ATSIS Unit since August 2015.

Mr Waia’s role is to communicate and engage Torres Strait Islander communities on prospective areas of development, education and research. Mr Waia provides strategic direction and input into the ARC Discovery Indigenous funded Saibai Islander Language and Cultural Knowledge Project.

Mr Waia is managing the Torres Strait Engagement Project which involves working with Torres Strait communities to highlight their areas of interest in developing their respective communities. At present, UQ Business School is participating in this program, in engaging with two communities in developing their business interests.

The project objective communication line is via local Native Title Bodies Corporate, and each community representative of TSI Regional Council and Torres Strait Regional Authority.