How GSA is governed

GSA is governed by a Council of 15 elected graduate students, who act as our board.

The role of Council is to determine GSA’s position on issues affecting graduate students at University, government and community levels, and to make strategic decisions about how GSA operates and spends its funding.

Several members of GSA Council are also Office Bearers. This means they look after the needs of particular groups of students, such as LGBTIQ+ students, women students and students with families.

GSA holds elections annually. Any enrolled graduate student at the University of Melbourne is eligible to nominate (stand) and vote in GSA elections. Elections generally take place in April and May, and all graduate students receive emails informing them of the details.

Read our electoral regulations Read our constitution

Meet your Council


General Secretary

Women's Officer

International Officer

Activities Officer


(CO-) LGBTIQ Officer

Health & Welfare Officer

Education & research officer


Yali Zhao


Kezhan (Jessica) Zhang


Smriti Ghimire


Deniz Tuncer