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 composition of the Representative Council is set out in Rule 9.6.

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

In 2021 GSA Board has decided to elect 10 Representative Council Members

Please read memo from the GSA President in relation to this decision HERE

REPRESENTATIVE COUNCIL MEMBER VACANCIES FOR 2021

Proposed officer bear position Notes Restricted Constituency*
Activities Officer Retained from GSA Council No
Women’s Officer Retained from GSA Council Yes
International Officer Retained from GSA Council Yes
Health and Welfare Officer Retained from GSA Council No
Families Officer Retained from GSA Council Yes
LGBTIQ Officer Retained from GSA Council, potential for renaming based on feedback. Yes
Education (Coursework) Officer Separate out preexisting education role to create a coursework specific position. Will also work closely with the Education (Research) Officer on broader higher education issues. Yes
Education (Research) Officer Separate out preexisting education role to create a research specific position. This would improve representation for HDR students and HDR related issues in the Representative Council’s work. Will also work closely with the Education (Coursework) Officer on broader higher education issues. Yes
Indigenous Officer New position to provide representation for Indigenous graduate students in GSA’s representation work. Will be able to work with other bodies like the Indigenous Graduate Student Association (IGSA), National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Postgraduate Association (NATSIPA), Murrup Barrak and other relevant student and community organisations representing indigenous interests and advocacy. Yes
Environment and Sustainability Officer New position to provide advocacy on environment and sustainability practices at GSA, the University of Melbourne and more broadly. No

*Restricted constituencies refer to a limitation on voting so that those who identify as being part of that constituency are able to vote for that officer at elections, for example the women’s officer only being elected by graduates who identify as women. This is provided for under 9.8(b) of the GSA Constitution which states that “the GSA Board may determine annually the restrictions (if any) on voting in elections for Representative Councillors representing particular constituencies”.

Eligibility

Pursuant to Rule 9.7, individuals seeking election to the Representative Council must:

  • support the Principal Purpose of UMGSA;
  • be a Member of UMGSA;
  • not be a GSA Board member; and
  • must not be a staff member or a previous staff member employed with the preceding 12 months.

Specific qualifications and/or eligibility requirements may be set (by the GSA Board) for Representative Councillors representing particular constituencies. For example, the GSA Board may make a Regulation that only a person who identifies and a woman may stand for election to represent women constituents.

Election

Representative Councillors are directly elected to a portfolio by the graduate students at a general election (Rule 9.8).

Term of office

Representative Councillors appointed by the Members hold office for one year (Rule 9.9(a)). Representative Councillors appointed by the Representative Council to fill a casual vacancy hold office until the conclusion of the next annual general meeting following their appointment (Rule 9.9(b)).

Representative Councillors may be re-elected for one further term only (Rule 9.9(c)).

CLICK HERE for the Position Descripton for GSA Representative Council Member

CLICK HERE to the Nomination Form