Elections have now closed! We’re busy tallying up the votes, so stay tuned for the results.

Election timeframes and other details can be found below.

The Details

2019 Election Timeline

Nominations Open   9:00am           Mon Sept 9
Nominations Close   4:00pm           Mon Sept 23

Election Begins            9:30am          Tues Oct 8
Election Finishes        2:00pm          Thurs Oct 10

Returning Officer: Debra Arnold
debra@thirdsectormanagement.com.au
0402 701 126

Assistant Returning Officer: Ben Smith
Manager, Student Engagement
b.smith@flinders.edu.au
8201 2371

Election Tribunal:     
Michelle Sutcliffe
Kate Shuttleworth
Prof. Andrew Parkin

Polling Place
There will be a Polling Place available for students to vote in The Plaza from 9.30am – 3pm on Tuesday the 8th of October to Thursday the 10th of October (Closing at 2pm on the 10th).

Election Regulations
FUSA’s Election Regulations can be found here.

STUDENT COUNCIL POSITIONS

Student Council is the governing body of the Flinders University Student Association (FUSA). The functions and purpose of the FUSA are to:

  • promote and advance the rights, interests and welfare of students
  • represent students within and outside the University
  • co-ordinate and support activities for students, including the provision of support for affiliated clubs
  • provide the means for effective communication between students, the Association and the University
  • oversee the delivery of student services, which are funded from the Student Services and Amenities Fee and are the responsibility of the Manager, Student Engagement
  • deliver other services, amenities and programs for students funded from the membership fee and other income received by the Association

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Student President

Hours per week: 30 Hours (approximate)
Honorarium: $28,500 pa

The role of the Student President is to:

  • be the official spokesperson of students and the Association, and make representations on behalf of students to the University, Media, Governments, and external organisations;
  • chair Student Council Meetings, Executive Committee Meetings, General Meetings and the Annual General Meeting of the Association;
  • act as a voting member of Academic Senate and the Education Quality Committee Meeting on behalf of Student Council;
  • determine the time and location of Student Council Meetings;
  • communicate the activities of Student Council to the student body, using any means they consider appropriate;
  • be available for consultation in their office on campus as often practicable;
  • advise the General Secretary of when to provide notice of Student Council Meetings;
  • support the Education Officer in the coordination and implantation of initiatives and campaigns of the Association regarding University policy and/or Higher Education legislation; and
  • aid the other members of Student Council as required.

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General Secretary

Hours per week: 10 hours (approximate)
Honorarium: $10,000 pa

The General Secretary shall be responsible for:

  • be responsible for and maintain financial records of all monies and assets of the Association;
  • be responsible for and maintain up to date records of the Association’s membership, including contact details for members;
  • sit on the Executive Committee and FUSA Club Pool Funding Panel;
  • upon advice of the Student President, provide notice of Student Council Meetings;
  • collate agenda and appendix items for circulation prior to each Student Council Meeting;
  • prepare an annual budget for the Association;
  • present a financial report of the Association to each Student Council Meeting and the Annual General Meeting;
  • call General Meetings of the Association;
  • consider registration, affiliation, and renewal applications of clubs and associations in conjunction with the Manager, Student Engagement (or delegate), Clubs and Events Officer (or delegate), or Education Officer (or delegate), where appropriate;
  • present consideration of regulation reform of the Association to Student Council when deemed necessary or directed by Student Council; and
  • coordinate or cooperate with the FUSA Clubs Support and Development Group, or equivalent Affiliated Clubs, in any capacity they deem appropriate.

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Education Officer

Hours per week: 10 hours (approximate)
Honorarium: $10,000 pa

The Education Officer shall:

  • be responsible for the coordination and implementation of the Association’s education campaigns, with the support of the Student President, as directed by Student Council;
  • sit on the Executive Committee;
  • promote and support student representation within the University;
  • liaise with local, national, and international organisations working on education issues;
  • provide advice to the General Secretary regarding Academic Association applications and reviews;
  • liaise with and support Academic Associations to improve their representation of, and advocacy for, the students they represent;
  • act as a member of Academic Senate, the Education Quality Committee, and the Retention Working Group on behalf of Student Council;
  • represent the Association on any working groups for education related policies;
  • collaborate with Student Assist to provide feedback on draft university policies; and
  • coordinate or cooperate with the FUSA Education Action Committee and FUSA Student Representation Network, or equivalent Affiliated Clubs, in any capacity they deem appropriate.

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Women’s Officer

Hours per week: 3 hours (approximate)
Honorarium: $3,000 pa

 The Women’s Officer shall:

  • identify as a woman;
  • be the Association’s spokesperson regarding issues of importance to women students;
  • be responsible for the coordination and implementation of campaigns on issues of importance students who identify as women;
  • ensure that women students are referred to relevant campus or non-campus services in relation to personal and academic matters; and
  • coordinate or cooperate with the FUSA Women’s Collective, or equivalent Affiliated Clubs, in any capacity they deem appropriate.

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Welfare Officer

Hours per week: 3 hours (approximate)
Honorarium: $3,000 pa

The Welfare Officer shall:

  • be the Association’s spokesperson regarding issues of student welfare;
  • be responsible for the coordination and implementation of the Association’s welfare campaigns, as directed by Student Council;
  • liaise and network with state and national welfare and community sector groups and peak bodies;
  • provide support and work in conjunction with the FUSA Student Assist Team; and
  • coordinate or cooperate with the FUSA Welfare Collective, or equivalent Affiliated Clubs, in any capacity they deem appropriate.

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Queer Officer

Hours per week: 3 hours (approximate)
Honorarium: $3,000 pa

The Queer Officer shall:

  • identify as a person of diverse genders, sexes, and sexualities;
  • be the Association’s spokesperson regarding issues of importance to students of diverse genders, sexes, and sexualities;
  • be responsible for the coordination and implementation of campaigns on issues of importance to students of diverse genders, sexes, and sexualities;
  • ensure that students of diverse genders, sexes, and sexualities are referred to relevant campus or non-campus services in relation to personal and academic matters; and
  • coordinate or cooperate with the FUSA Queer Collective, or equivalent Affiliated Clubs, in any capacity they deem appropriate.

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Postgraduate Officer

Hours per week: 3 hours (approximate)
Honorarium: $3,000 pa

The Post Graduates Students Officer shall:

  • be a Postgraduate Student;
  • be the Association’s spokesperson on issues of importance to Postgraduate Students;
  • be responsible for the coordination and implementation of campaigns on issues of importance to Postgraduate Students;
  • ensure that Postgraduate Students are referred to relevant campus or non-campus services in relation to personal and academic matters; and
  • be ex officio President of the Flinders University Postgraduate Student Association and fulfil the duties of this role outlined in the Flinders University Postgraduate Students Association Constitution.

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International Students Officer

Hours per week: 3 hours (approximate)
Honorarium: $3,000 pa

The International Students Officer shall:

  • be an International Student;
  • be the Association’s spokesperson on issues of importance to International Students;
  • be responsible for the coordination and implementation of campaigns on issues of importance to International Students;
  • ensure that International Students are referred to relevant campus or non-campus services in relation to personal and academic matters; and
  • coordinate or cooperate with the FUSA International Students Collective, or equivalent Affiliated Clubs, in any capacity they deem appropriate.

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Indigenous Students Officer

Hours per week: 3 hours (approximate)
Honorarium: $3,000 pa

The Indigenous Students Officer shall:

  • identify as Indigenous/Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander or First Nations;
  • be the Association’s spokesperson on issues of importance to First Nations Students;
  • be responsible for the coordination and implementation of campaigns on issues of importance to First Nations Students;
  • ensure that First Nation’s Students are referred to relevant campus or non-campus services in relation to personal and academic matters; and
  • coordinate or cooperate with the FUSA First Nations Collective, or equivalent Affiliated Clubs, in any capacity they deem appropriate.

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Environment Officer

Hours per week: 3 hours (approximate)
Honorarium: $3,000 pa

The Environment Officer shall:

  • be responsible for the coordination and implementation of the Association’s environmental campaigns, as directed by Student Council;
  • be the Association’s spokesperson regarding issues of environment, sustainability, and the climate crisis;
  • liaise and network with local, state, and national environmental groups; and
  • coordinate or cooperate with the FUSA Environment Collective, or equivalent Affiliated Clubs, in any capacity they deem appropriate.

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Social Activities Officer

Hours per week: 3 hours (approximate)
Honorarium: $3,000 pa 

The Social Activities Officer shall:

  • be responsible for the coordination and implementation of the Association’s social events, as directed by Student Council;
  • prepare an annual social calendar for the Association;
  • work in conjunction with FUSA Media and Events to facilitate Pub Crawl (or equivalent) events each semester, and an annual Student Ball (or equivalent);
  • sit on the FUSA Club Pool Funding Panel; and
  • coordinate or cooperate with the FUSA O’Week Directors, or equivalent Affiliated Clubs, in any capacity they deem appropriate.

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Disabilities Officer

Hours per week: 3 hours (approximate)
Honorarium: $3,000 pa

The Disabilities Officer shall:

  • identify as having a disability;
  • be the Association’s spokesperson on issues of importance to students with a disability;
  • be responsible for the coordination and implementation of campaigns on issues of importance to students with a disability;
  • ensure that students with a disability are referred to relevant campus or non-campus services in relation to personal and academic matters; and
  • coordinate or cooperate with the FUSA Disabilities Collective, or equivalent Affiliated Clubs, in any capacity they deem appropriate.

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Mature Age Students Officer

Hours per week: 3 hours (approximate)
Honorarium: $3,000 pa

Mature Age Students Officer shall:

  • identify as a Mature Age Student;
  • be the Association’s spokesperson on issues of importance to Mature Age Students;
  • be responsible for the coordination and implementation of campaigns on issues of importance to Mature Age Students;
  • ensure that Mature Age Students are referred to relevant campus or non-campus services in relation to personal and academic matters; and
  • coordinate or cooperate with the FUSA Mature Age Students Collective, or equivalent Affiliated Clubs, in any capacity they deem appropriate.

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General Council Member (Six Positions)

Hours per week: 2 hours (approximate)
Honorarium: $2,000 pa

General Council Members shall:

  • assist Student Council Office Bearers in the carrying out of their duties where most appropriate;
  • act as a delegate on behalf of Student Council or individual Student Council Members when requested and available to do so; and
  • promote the campaigns and initiatives of the Association to the student cohort.

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STUDENT MAGAZINE POSITIONS

Empire Times Editorial Team (Three Student Editors)

Hours per week: 20-30 hours (approximate)
Honorarium: $10,000 pa per editor (based on meeting publication deadlines)

Background
Empire Times (or ET as we like to call it) is the student publication of Flinders University.

A team of three editors make up the Empire Times Editorial Team. The team is responsible for the creation and publication of the student magazine (Empire Times) over the course of the academic year. Empire Times editors are also responsible for any additional content or activities required for the further promotion of Empire Times. 20-30 hours of work is expected per week.

So – do you want to be in charge of a magazine? Do you consider yourself a jack of all trades? It is not obligatory that you have experience in publishing and design programs as you will be trained. You just need to be willing to learn about print, web, social media and graphic design.

As an Empire Times Editor you are required to:

  • Collaborate with your co-editors to create 10 issues of Empire Times during your tenure. This must be done in accordance to the production schedule developed in conjunction with editors and the Media Officer of FUSA;
  • To exercise authority over all aspects of the magazine’s production, design, photography, editing and writing;
  • Endeavour to increase the prominence of the publication within the general student body and wider community;
  • Co-ordinate and support a diverse range of contributors, writers, photographers, illustrators, sub-editors and proof readers and liaise with the FUSA Student Council and staff and consistently attend any necessary meetings.

IMPORTANT
Candidates shall run in teams of three. Candidates can only nominate for one team as opposed to simultaneously nominate in multiple teams. Candidates are not allowed to nominate for both a position on Student Council and as an Empire Times Editor.

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NATIONAL UNION OF STUDENTS

National Union of Students Conference Delegate Positions (Six Positions)

The National Union of Students (NUS) is the peak representative body for undergraduate students in Australia.

NUS works to protect the rights of students across Australia, organises national campaigns on issues affecting students in a range of different areas, and ensures that the student voice is heard by government, the media, and the public.

Nominations are now invited from all currently enrolled Flinders students as a Delegate (6 positions) to the NUS National Conference in 2019. The conference will most likely commence in early December 2019 in Melbourne and will run for a minimum of five days. The National Conference sets the policy for NUS, determines its structure, and elects the National Office-Bearers and the National Executive.

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