Proposed changes to GSA’s governance model

Over the last several months, GSA Council has been working on a plan to improve GSA’s governance structure and rewrite our constitution.

What is being proposed?

The following resolutions are proposed by the University of Melbourne Graduate Student Association Council.


  1. To consider and, if thought fit, to pass the following resolution as a special resolution:


a) the current Constitution of the Association and all past constitutions are repealed in their entirety; and

b) the Association adopts, as its new constitution, the document tabled at the meeting and identified as ‘Proposed GSA Constitution: Revision Date 27 February 2018’

What does this mean?

Currently, GSA Council is forced to spend much of its time working on finance, HR, compliance, risk and legal issues. The proposed new structure will free Council up to spend time working on the issues that matter most to them.

You can read a full statement by GSA Council explaining the proposed changes and why they matter by clicking the button below:

Statement from GSA Council  Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

When is the SGM?

The Special General Meeting will be held on at 5:30pm on Thursday 22 March in the Gryphon Gallery (1888 Building).

All graduate students are encouraged to attend and vote. In order to vote, you are required to bring your student ID and a statement of enrolment.

What to do to be eligible to vote

In order to vote in the SGM, you need to provide evidence that you’re a currently enrolled graduate student. There are two ways to do this:

  1. Show photo ID and evidence of enrolment (hard copy statement of enrolment, or active course of study on your phone)
  2. Show photo ID and sign a Statutory Declaration
Note that Statutory Declarations are legal documents, and signing them under false pretences is considered perjury. In Victoria, the offence of perjury is contained in section 314(1) of Crimes Act. It is a serious offence and carries a maximum penalty of 15 years imprisonment.

If you are unable to meet these requirements, you will not be able to vote in the SGM. 

Important documents

You can view the current constitution by clicking the button below:

GSA Constitution (2015–)

You can view the proposed new constitution by clicking the button below:

Proposed GSA Constitution: Revision Date 27 February 2018

Take up your membership

Every graduate student at the University of Melbourne is entitled to be a member of GSA. Simply click here to take up your membership.