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 across 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.

2020 Annual GSA Council election: key dates

Please note: Due to the extension of semester 1, all forthcoming election dates have also been extended by 1 week, as shown below.

  • Nominations open on Monday 23 March
  • Nominations close 10am Friday 17 April
  • Voting opens 10am Monday 4 May
  • Voting closes 10am Friday 22 May
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 (

Are GSA elections affected by COVID-19 restrictions?

Our elections are conducted online, so people can nominate and vote in complete safety. In other years we’ve held in-person information sessions for potential candidates, as well as events for students to meet candidates. Under the circumstances, such interactions will also be moved online. Consequently, there is no danger of the elections increasing the spread of COVID-19.

If you would like to have any concerns about the elections heard directly, you can contact the Returning Officer, Stephen, at

Learn more about Council

Meet your current Council


Vice President

Sachetha Bamunusinghe

General Secretary

Madeleine Johnson

Activities Officer

Women's Officer

Eliza Colgrave

International Officer

Health and Welfare Officer

Families Officer

Education & Research Officer

Fia Hamid-Walker

LGBTIQ Officer


Tessa Gould


Vinu Geesara Gunetilleke


Katherine Wang


Theodora Wong