About GSA

The University of Melbourne Graduate Student Association (GSA) is the independent representative organisation for all graduate coursework and research students at the University of Melbourne.

GSA is an independent association that serves all 36,000+ graduate students at the University of Melbourne. We represent student interests to the University and wider community, provide programs and services, support approximately 150 graduate groups and deliver year-round events to promote graduate student community and academic excellence.

As the largest dedicated postgraduate association in Australia, GSA’s vision is for cohesive communities that actively empower graduate students to achieve meaningful connections and experiences. Our mission is to enable and build these communities through proactive, responsible representation and advocacy; purposeful, impactful services and support; and strong partnerships with the University of Melbourne and relevant stakeholders and agencies.

Why work with us?

We are a close-knit, student-facing team that works together to make a difference in the lives of graduate students at the University of Melbourne.

Some of our perks:

  • Working in a heritage listed building on campus at the 1888 Building, Parkville
  • Monthly RDO’s (for 1FTE, or PT equivalent)
  • Generous personal leave
  • 17% superannuation in line with UOM standards
  • The chance to join in on events we run, such as free food trucks, lawn games, wellbeing classes and more


View our Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (EBA) here

Casual Staff Positions

Are you a UniMelb graduate student looking for casual employment?
GSA is on the hunt for vibrant and dynamic individuals to join our casual team of change-makers and innovators.

We are recruiting positions across multiple sections within the GSA team.
• Policy & Advocacy Support
• Student Engagement Services Support
• Finance Management Support
• Social Media Content Creator
• Human Resources Services Support

Learn more about these roles and apply here.

Current job openings

Returning Officer Graduate Student Association Elections

The University of Melbourne Graduate Student Association (“GSA”) is seeking to engage an experienced returning officer to conduct the 2024 GSA Annual Elections, taking place from March to May 2024.

GSA is an independent association that provides all 39,000+ enrolled graduate students at the University of Melbourne (UoM) with representation, events, training and support. Details about GSA and services we offer can be found via the GSA website https://gsa.unimelb.edu.au

GSA conducts annual elections in accordance with the GSA constitution and electoral regulations (currently under review), to elect up to 41 candidates for the:

  • GSA Board (up to 8 positions)
  • GSA Representative Council (up to 15 positions)
  • GSA Faculty Council (up to 18 positions)

More details about GSA’s elections, constitution and electoral regulations can be found here: https://gsa.unimelb.edu.au/elections/, and a detailed schedule of the election timeline will be made available to the applicants as requested.

The work will involve:

  • Receiving and confirming eligibility of nominations
  • Ensuring the process complies with the GSA electoral regulations and constitution.
  • Responding to potential breaches or complaints relating to the conduct of elections
  • Compiling the voters’ roll
  • Conducting the vote on a secure electronic voting system, capable of sending ballots to ~39,000 enrolled graduate students at the University
  • Giving notice of an election to all on electoral roll
  • Making nomination forms and other information as required, available on the UMGSA website and from the UMGSA office
  • Producing a post-election report for GSA
  • Carrying out other duties ordinarily required of a returning officer or as stated in the GSA electoral regulations.

Key Selection Criteria

  • Candidates with prior experience in conducting elections in a university or similar organizations are preferred.
  • The candidate must have a strong understanding of Constitution and Electoral Regulations for an incorporated association to implement election procedures.
  • The candidate must have excellent organizational and communication skills
  • The candidate must have the ability to handle and resolve conflicts and complaints effectively.
  • The candidate must have experience in managing secure electronic voting systems.
  • The candidate must have a proven track record of maintaining confidentiality and integrity.
  • The candidate must be able to work independently and take initiative.
  • The candidate must be able to work within strict timelines and under pressure.
  • The candidate must have a strong commitment to promoting fair and unbiased elections.
  • The candidate must be able to produce detailed reports and documentation.

To apply, please provide a detailed proposal to the CEO Sajal Goundar by 5 pm Friday 12 January via email CEO-GSA@gsa.unimelb.edu.au . Your proposal should include:

  • Your prior experience and credentials in conducting elections.
  • Response to meeting the work requirements and key selection criteria.
  • Proposed costings.
  • Names of two referees. 

Please contact GSA CEO Sajal Goundar at CEO-GSA@gsa.unimelb.edu.au with any questions.