GSA is governed by fifteen graduate students, elected by the graduate student body. Find out how it all works.

GSA Elections 2017

Voting in the 2017 GSA Election has closed as of Friday 12 May.

Notice of Election View candidates


Provisional results

Below is the announcement of provisional results in the GSA Elections 2017 from the Returning Officer:

I can now provisionally declare the following candidates elected, in order:
1. Yali Zhao 6. Kezhan Zhang
2. Xu (John) Zhang 7. Adele Guille
3. Sareh Naji 8. Smriti Ghimire
4. Peng Kuang 9. Shirley Jackson
5. Yue Sun 10. Max Bergh

The first seven listed are provisionally elected to two-year terms, while the last three are provisionally elected to a one-year term.

Final results will be available soon, after confirmation from the Electoral Tribunal.

How do I become a Councillor?


Any currently enrolled graduate student at the University of Melbourne may stand in the GSA Council elections. This includes all students enrolled in a graduate or postgraduate certificate, graduate or postgraduate diploma, master’s degree (coursework and research), PhD and other doctoral students.​


Elections are held annually for both Council and Office Bearer positions. When an election is called, a Notice of Election will be given publicly across the University, in online and offline formats.

Any eligible graduate student who wishes to become a Councillor may formally nominate by filling out a nomination form and sending it to the Returning Officer.

Nominations for the 2017 election closed at 10am Friday 14 April.

View candidates for 2017 election

Why nominate?

  • GSA receives 14% of your Student Services Amenities Fee (SSAF). Councillors determine how we spend this.
  • GSA represents graduate student needs at both university and government levels. Is there an issue you’re passionate about? Make your voice heard.
  • By becoming an Office Bearer, you can stand up on behalf of specific interests or groups, such as international students, women, LGBTIQ students and students with families.
  • GSA allocates over 7% of its budget to our 90+ affiliated Graduate Groups. If you’re a member of a Grad Group, nomination can support their interests.
  • Being a part of the GSA Council gives you the opportunity to experience corporate governance while you study.

Background: What are GSA Elections?

GSA Council is formed by fifteen graduate students who are elected by the graduate student body. Elections to form GSA Council are held annually. 

Office Bearers focus on specific issues or groups such as international students, women, LGBTIQ students and students with families. After an election is held to form GSA Council, the elected Councillors may stand and vote upon Office Bearer positions.


After the nomination period has closed, the voting period will commence. All elections are conducted by secret ballot. 

To vote, check your university student email between Monday 24 April and Friday 12 May.

More information about nominating and voting can be found in the Election Regulations

Election Regulations

You can view or download our current Election Regulations (2016 and onwards) below.

Election Regulations (PDF)

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