Results of the 2020 Annual General Meeting (AGM)
Friday 5 June 2020
The provisional results of the 2020 GSA Council elections have been confirmed, with the following candidates elected:
- Emily De Wind (2-year term)
- Lauren Taylor (2-year term)
- Jeremy Waite (2-year term)
- Tessa Gould (2-year term)
- Mia Zentari (2-year term)
- Megumi Hui Ai Lim (2-year term)
- Fia Hamid-Walker (2-year term)
- Catherine Allingham (2-year term)
- Theodora Wong (1-year term)
- Lilian Day (1-year term)
- Matthew Harper-Gomm (1 year term)
New Constitution for the University of Melbourne
Graduate Student Association (GSA)
As of the Annual General Meeting on Friday 5 June 2020, GSA has adopted a new Constitution, with a strong majority vote.
Some highlights of this new constitution include:
- The purpose and values of GSA have not changed, but our aims and objectives are articulated more clearly. They have been strengthened to ensure we advocate for the graduates – who are at the heart of our organisation.
- Membership – all graduates will automatically become members of GSA at the time of enrolment (through an opt-in process). This ensures GSA can reach out to the wider group of our cohort and ensure the SSAF funding is expended appropriately to meet all your needs.
- As a progressive organisation that supports gender equality, and aligning with the Victorian Gender Equality Act (2020), we ensure that at least 50 per cent of GSA Board members must be women.
- Defines and strengthens the role of the GSA Board – 8 members, all students, elected by graduates. They will have the overall responsibility for the governance and all legal obligations for ensuring a sustainable and viable GSA.
- Introduction of a Representative Council of up to 15 members: the GSA Board will establish, by regulation, a subcommittee to be known as the Representative Council. The Representative Council does not have governance duties; its purpose is to advise the GSA Board and advocate on behalf of graduates and the portfolios they represent. They will be directly elected to their portfolios by the members of GSA.
- Introduction of a Faculty Council – a group of 20 faculty-elected students, who advise GSA about our programs and representative issues, ensuring faculty-specific feedback is heard. Each faculty will nominate and elect their representatives to ensure we have the representation of domestic, international, coursework and research graduates advising our GSA Board on key faculty-related issues.
- Strengthened discipline procedure and grievance procedures, incorporating an independent appeal external process to ensure we have fair and equitable mechanisms to address concerns and disputes in a timely manner.
- Membership delegated the responsibility to set honorarium at each AGM to ensure members have a vote to determine how the funds are expended in relation to elected graduates’ remuneration.