How GSA represents Graduates

GSA represents graduates at the University of Melbourne through 10 graduate students who are elected annually by the graduate student body to form the GSA Representative Council.

The role of Council is to determine GSA’s position on issues affecting graduate students across University, government and community levels.

All members of GSA Representative 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.


Representative Council Meetings

The Representative Council meets on the third Thursday each month, between 4–6pm. Unless specified, meetings are held in a hybrid online/in-person format.

Meeting dates for 2021–2022:

  • Thursday 15 July 2021
    Online only via Zoom
  • Thursday 19 August 2021
  • Thursday 16 September 2021
  • Thursday 21 October 2021
  • Thursday 18 November 2021
  • Thursday 16 December 2021
  • Thursday 20 January 2022
  • Thursday 17 February 2022
  • Thursday 17 March 2022
  • Thursday 21 April 2022
  • Thursday 19 May 2022

Learn more about Council

Meet your Representative Council

Environment and Sustainability Officer

Saeid Charani Shandiz

Women’s Officer

Madeleine Charisis

Activities Officer

Ruby Gardner-Russell

Health and Welfare Officer

Lia Fernanda Grimmer Perez

Education (Coursework) Officer

Brendan Laws

International Officer

Afsaneh Seifinaji

Education (Research) Officer

Monica Sestito

LGBTIQ Officer

Rick Spencer

Families Officer

Vacant

Indigenous Officer

Vacant