Casual Vacancies (First Nations Officer & Queer Officer)

The University of Melbourne Graduate Student Association (GSA) is seeking individuals to fill two casual vacancies for the positions of:

  • First Nations Officer
  • Queer Officer

on the GSA Representative Council until its next Annual General Meeting (May 2023).

Eligibility

The First Nations Officer position is a restricted position only available to who are of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander origin.

The Queer Officer position is a restricted position only open to graduate students who identify as Queer, including, but not limited to, being same-sex attracted, homosexual, bisexual, pansexual, asexual, intersex, trans, non-binary, or sex and/or gender diverse.

View casual vacancy position description.

Nominations for these positions close at 4 pm on Wednesday 16 November 2022.

The GSA Representative Council will elect a graduate student to each of the casual vacancies from the nominations received at a meeting to be held 4-5pm on Thursday 17 November. Candidates will be invited to give a 2-minute speech at the meeting via Zoom. The online nomination form can be found below.

Candidates should ensure they are available to attend the election at 4-5 pm on Thursday 17 November.

Learn more about GSA Elections – read our Constitution and Electoral Regulations (PDF). For questions about the role please email GSA Interim CEO Jeremy Waite jeremy.waite@gsa.unimelb.edu.au or Returning Officer Stephen Luntz sluntz@abovequota.com.au

Nominations for this position closed at 4 pm on Wednesday 16 November 2022.

Role of the Representative Council

Representative Councillors are responsible for advising the GSA Board and advocating on behalf of the graduate students and the portfolios they represent. The role and powers of the Representative Council are set out in Rule 9.1.

Honoraria

Representative Councillors will be paid an honorarium to be determined by the Members at a general meeting (Rule 9.3).

Representative Councillors are not employees of UMGSA (Rule 9.2).

Composition

The Representative Council will comprise at least eight and up to fifteen Representative Councillors – each responsible for representing a portfolio (Rule 9.6).

The composition of the Representative Council is set out below in accordance with GSA Board regulation:

Representative Council Offices 2022-23 Term  Restricted Constituency*
Activities Officer N/A
Women’s Officer Those who identify as a woman.
International Officer Those who are enrolled as an international student.
Health and Welfare Officer N/A
Families Officer Those who identify as student parents, or those with caring responsibilities.
Queer Officer Those who identify as Queer, including, but not limited to, being same-sex attracted, homosexual, bisexual, pansexual, asexual, intersex, trans, non-binary, or sex and/or gender diverse. 
Education (Coursework) Officer Those who are enrolled in a graduate coursework program, as defined by the University of Melbourne.
Education (Research) Officer Those who are enrolled in a higher degree by research program, as defined by the University of Melbourne.
First Nations Officer Those who are of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander origin.
Environment and Sustainability Officer N/A
Disability and Equity Officer Those with long-term physical, intellectual, psychiatric, sensory, neurological, learning disabilities well as persistent chronic illnesses. 

* Any restrictions on voting and standing for election in these constituencies should be interpreted as providing an inclusive definition of graduate students who may fall into these categories.

These definitions should be read with, and superseded by to the extent of any inconsistency, any University of Melbourne definition or regulation, as well as any Victorian or Commonwealth government regulation including anti-discrimination legislation.