Audio: election information session

GSA held a live online info session on Tuesday 7 April. If you missed it, you can listen to the recording below.

Full session: All about GSA with CEO Rachna Muddagouni and Returning Officer Stephen Luntz (46:46)


Excerpt: Advice for nominees, with Returning Officer Stephen Luntz (5:43)

Tips from the Returning Officer

Stephen Luntz, Returning Officer
Above Quota Elections

7 April 2020

In the current uncertain climate, graduate students will need representation more than ever. Fortunately, the GSA Council elections have been held online for many years, so COVID-19 will not interfere with voting, although the dates have already been pushed back by a week to match the university’s changing semester. Campaigning opportunities will presumably also be more restricted than in the past.

The GSA regulations specify that 8 council members are to be elected for two-year terms, plus a number for one-year terms matching the number of councilors elected last year who have decided not to complete their term.

Details of the process of running the election can be found here.

Note, however, that there are different methods of voting and counting votes described here. The one used for electing the Council is as described in section 25 and 47, NOT the one in 24. Also, although the regulations provide the options of either nominating electronically or in hard copy, the current circumstances make it necessary for all nominations to be online – they should be emailed to

As a result of the extension to the university semester nominations must be received by Friday 17th April at 10 am AEST. Late nominations cannot be accepted.

As specified in section 41 Candidates may provide a photograph (preferably a Jpeg in portrait format) and a statement of up to 200 words. These must be received (also at by 5pm Saturday April 18. These will be published on the GSA website. The photos will be visible next to candidates’ names on the online ballot and the statements will be accessible through hyperlinks in the ballot.

For candidates, the most important sections of the regulations to note are 32, 42 and 44. It’s a good idea to familiarise yourselves with these even if you don’t read the whole regulations.

How to nominate

To nominate to run for GSA Council, download the nomination form below and submit it before 10am Friday 17 April 2020.

Download nomination form
Completed nomination forms can be scanned and emailed to the Returning Officer (

View Councillor Position Description