Thursday, 16 Apr at 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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Forum: Constitutional change
Note: This information and discussion session will be held in Zoom online video conferencing software.
In this Zoom forum, you will hear directly from GSA’s CEO and a number of Councillors about the proposed amendments to the GSA Constitution. There will be an overview and discussion of the changes, as well as plenty of opportunity to ask any questions and give feedback.
If you cannot attend our discussion session, there is still our online feedback form, which is open until Thursday 30 April.
Topic: Amending the GSA Constitution
Over the last few months, GSA Council has been working on amending the GSA Constitution to ensure we are fully compliant with the Associations Incorporation Reform Act (2012), and to address feedback received from graduates about previous proposals in 2018.
We have heard loud and clear that GSA should be a student-led organisation and are taking additional measures to increase participation of graduate students in the management of GSA.
Some highlights of this proposed constitution include:
- The purpose and values of GSA are not changed, but our aims and objectives are articulated more clearly.
- As a progressive organisation that supports gender equality, and aligning with the Victorian Gender Equality Act (2020), we ensure that at least 50 per cent of the GSA Board members must be women.
- Defines and strengthens the role of the GSA Board – 8 members, all students, elected by graduates.
- Introduction of a Representative Council – an additional 15 members, all students, also elected by graduates. The Representative Council will have 10 Office Bearer roles focusing on particular issues or target groups, and 5 General Representative council members who advise and support GSA on issues related to all graduate students.
- Introduction of a Faculty Council – a larger group of faculty-nominated students advising GSA about our programs and representative issues, ensuring faculty-specific feedback is heard.
Note: These proposals were drafted before the advent of COVID-19, but are broadly aimed at strengthening the organisation’s ability to represent graduate students – which has become increasingly necessary in light of the many challenges of recent weeks.
Overall, the proposal is designed to ensure that the GSA Constitution will comply with legislation, increase student leadership roles and move GSA forward in keeping graduates at the heart of all our work.
Your feedback is wanted
We look forward to hearing from you all about concerns and questions. The draft constitution will be widely distributed throughout March and April. Our aim is to make this process consultative, informed and focused on strengthening GSA’s sustainability and stability.
Please RSVP if you are able to attend.