Celebrate 30 Years of GSA! 

For three decades, GSA has supported graduate students at the University of Melbourne, fostering community and growth. Join us for an evening of heartfelt presentations, free-flowing drinks, delicious food, and fantastic entertainment. There will also be a giant birthday cake for everyone to enjoy!

Friday 2nd August
1888 Building, Parkville Campus

Everyone is welcome to honor this milestone with us including staff, undergraduates and past students.

Let’s toast to 30 years of history, friendship, and achievements! 

Please note that this will be an outdoor event. Cover and heating will be provided but we still suggest dressing warmly. 


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For most of our 30-year history, the organization now known as GSA was the University of Melbourne Postgraduate Association (UMPA). Our name changed in 2008 when the university reclassified its postgraduate cohort as graduate students. 

Since 1994, despite changes in name and location, our mission to be the heart of graduate student life has remained steadfast. From our humble beginnings in 1994 with only one full-time staff member, to becoming the largest postgraduate student association in Australia, GSA has consistently upheld its mission: to be the heart of graduate student life.

Over the past 30 years, GSA has actively campaigned on national, state, and university-level issues such as study spaces, degree completion rules, public transport concessions, and protecting students from discrimination, assault, and harassment. While we’ve had significant victories, many challenges remain for graduate students.

GSA engages with students in many ways, with social events being the most visible. Over the years, the nature and scale of these events have evolved, but their purpose remains the same: to help graduate students overcome isolation and feel connected to university life, significantly enhancing their chances of completing their studies. As we celebrate our 30th birthday, we reflect on our rich history and look forward to continuing our mission of supporting and enriching the lives of graduate students.

Join us in commemorating this incredible milestone and toasting to many more years of success and community.