FUSA Elections

We can confirm the results of the 2018 Student Council elections. Below is a list of your 2019 Student Council. Congratulations to all our candidates and we all look forward to a great 2019!

STUDENT PRESIDENT
Katt Hatzi

GENERAL SECRETARY
Josh Rayner

EDUCATION OFFICER
Jesse Stevens

WOMEN’S OFFICER
Jawahir Baraki

WELFARE OFFICER
Nathan Cheetham

POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS OFFICER
Hansha Manimendra

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS OFFICER
Nicholas Loh

QUEER OFFICER
Sean Henschke

INDIGENOUS STUDENTS OFFICER
Sarah Howson

ENVIRONMENT OFFICER
Grace Hensel

DISABILITIES OFFICER
Nicole Cutufia

SOCIAL ACTIVITIES OFFICER
Gemma Lyons

MATURE AGE STUDENTS OFFICER
Christopher Norman

GENERAL COUNCIL MEMBERS (SIX POSITIONS)
Louise Nixon
Laura Savaglia
Angus Clarke
Clara Rose Santilli
Nathan Fiedler
Jesy Murphy

EMPIRE TIMES EDITOR TEAM
Kienan McKay
James Watson
Alicia Wood

NUS CONFERENCE DELEGATES
Louise Nixon
Katt Hatzi
Josh Rayner
Josh Jarvis
Alfred Lowe
Angus Clarke

Election timeframes and other details can be found below.

Student Council Positions

The Details

2018 Election Timeline

Nominations Open   9:00am           Mon Sept 3
Nominations Close   4:00pm           Mon Sept 17

Election Begins            9:30am          Tues Oct 9
Election Finishes        2:00pm          Thurs Oct 11

Returning Officer: Assoc. Prof. Kris Natalier

Assistant Returning Officers: 
Chris O’Grady (Manager, Student Engagement)
Alice Grieve (FUSA Administration Assistant)

Election Tribunal:     
Assoc. Prof. Mary Heath
Ms Kara Keys
Dr Rob Manwaring

Polling Place
There will be a Polling Place available for students to vote in The Plaza from 9.30am – 3pm on Tuesday the 9th of October to Thursday the 11th of October (Closing at 2pm on the 11th).

STUDENT COUNCIL POSITIONS

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

  • promote and advance the rights, interests and welfare of students;
  • represent students within and outside the University;
  • coordinate 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; and
  • deliver other services, amenities and programs for students funded from the membership fee and other income received by the Association.

As a Student Council representative, you will have the opportunity to represent all students at the highest levels of the University to ensure that the student voice is heard when it comes to academic and campus life.

Eligibility
    1. For the purposes of this election, the candidate and seconder must be a student as defined by the Flinders University Student Association Election Regulations i.e. – ‘Student’ means any currently enrolled student of the University, who is enrolled as a full-time, part-time or external student as defined by the University. “As defined by the University” is a composite of the University Council definitions of: ‘Postgraduate Student’, ‘Undergraduate Student’ and ‘current enrolment’. Non-award students are not included within this definition. A student has a ‘current enrolment’ if they are enrolled for a topic which is identified as to be counted toward the requirements of a course as defined by the University. Members of Student Council must remain students for the duration of their term on Student Council.
    2. Student Council positions have specific eligibility requirements for the above positions.  These are set out in the table below.

 

Name of position Eligibility of candidate
Postgraduate Students Officer Only students who are enrolled as a Postgraduate student
Indigenous Students Officer Only students who identify as Indigenous/Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
International Student Officer Only International Students
Queer Officer Only Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Intersex and/or Queer identifying students
Women’s Officer Only students who identify as women
Disabilities Officer Only students identifying as having a visible and/or invisible disability
Mature Age Students Officer Only students 25 year or older as of 1 December 2018.

 

  1. As per the Flinders University Student Association Constitution, it is also required that all Student Council members must be a member of the Student Association. Candidates who are not members need to check the relevant box on the nomination form to become a member.

Student Council Induction

As per section 20 of the FUSA Election Regulations, it is compulsory for a person elected to the Student Council at the Annual Election to attend an Induction. The dates for Induction in 2018 are November 19 & 20 and will include an overnight stay.

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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 Student Council and make representations on behalf of students to the University, media, governments, and external organisations;
  • chair the Student Council;
  • communicate the activities of the Student Council to students, using any means he/she considers appropriate;
  • provide the Council with a written report of his/her activities as President at each meeting of the Student Council;
  • provide assistance to Student Council Members and office bearers as required and
    be responsible for the implementation and coordination of the Student Council’s education campaigns.

The Student President is in high demand throughout the year as University staff are keen to engage and receive input from the Student President on important matters relating to all students. Consequently, it is expected that the Student President be available to attend regular meetings and join University committee’s to ensure that the student voice is included in decision making across the many facets of the University.

Given the large time commitment involved in the role of Student President, it is usual that the Student President will reduce their study load to one or two topics each semester.

Member of University Council

The FUSA President is usually invited by University Council to take a position as one of the three elected students on the University Council.  University Council is the governing body of the University and is responsible for overseeing the management and development of the University, devising or approving strategic plans and major policies, and monitoring and reviewing the operation of the University. The term of office is from 1 January to 31 December 2019.

This is an extremely important role as the Student President is essentially one of the directors on University Council. It is imperative that the candidate understands the responsibilities of the role before nominating. The time commitment with regards to this role is as follows:

  • Induction sessions: Includes meetings with the Secretary of the Council and the Legal Officer, and members of the Senior Executive: approximately 4 hours in total
  • Five Council meetings each year, of 3 ½ – 4 hours, commencing 2.00 pm, in March, May, August, October and December
  • Special meetings of Council are held as required, usually much shorter in duration as they deal only with one matter
  • One strategic planning session, held in September, commencing during the afternoon with an overnight stay and then the following morning (lunch to lunch)
  • Meeting preparation and administrative matters such as responding to requests from Council support staff
  • Two Council dinners, the first is usually after the March meeting of Council and the second during the strategic planning session
  • Council end of year drinks, held after the December graduation ceremony
    Visits held on an ad hoc basis, for example, to the development at Tonsley Park
  • All Council members are invited to the Graduation Ceremonies and occasionally receive invitations to other University and external events in their capacity as Council members

There is further information about Council and its responsibilities on the University website at: https://www.flinders.edu.au/about/ under the heading ‘Governance’.

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General Secretary

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

The General Secretary shall be responsible for:

  • all monies of the Association;
  • maintaining the financial records of the Association;
  • keeping a register of all assets held by the Association;
  • the preparation of an annual budget for the Association;
  • the presentation of a financial report to each meeting of the Student Council meeting and the Annual General Meeting;
  • calling General Meetings of members;
  • being responsible for the inward and outward correspondence of the Association;
  • maintaining up to date records of the Association’s membership including contact details for members;
  • chair the First Year Collective, which shall provide advice to the Student Council on all issues pertaining to students who identify as first-year students and chair meetings of the Clubs and Societies sub-committee.

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Education Officer

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

The Education Officer shall:

  • chair the Student Representative Network, which shall provide advice to the Student Council on matters and issues raised by student representatives elected or appointed to School, Faculty and Central University committees and consultative groups;
  • be responsible for the coordination and implementation of the Student Council’s education campaigns as directed by the Student Council and in cooperation with the President;
  • promote and facilitate student activity on education related issues;
  • develop education campaign proposals for consideration by the Student Council;
  • liaise with local, national and international organisations working on education issues and
  • provide the Student Council with a written report of his/her activities as Education Officer at each meeting of the Student Council.

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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;
  • act as an advocate on behalf of women students;
  • be the spokesperson of women students;
  • ensure that women students are referred to relevant campus or non-campus services in relation to personal and academic matters;
  • liaise and network with other women’s organisations and bodies on campus and outside of the University;
  • be responsible for the coordination and implementation of campaigns on issues of importance to women students;
  • chair the Women’s Collective, which shall provide advice to Student Council, through the Women’s Officer, regarding women’s issues at Flinders University;
  • provide the Student Council with a written report of her activities as Women’s Officer at each meeting of the Student Council and
  • liaise with the Women’s Action Group, comprising of women students.

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Welfare Officer

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

The Welfare Officer shall:

  • liaise and network with State and National welfare and community sector groups and peak bodies;
  • chair the External and Regional sub-committee, which shall seek to provide representation of and support for external and regional students and provide advice to the Student Council on the needs of external and regional students;
  • chair the Welfare Collective, which shall provide advice to Student Council, through the Welfare Officer, regarding student welfare at Flinders University;
  • be responsible for the coordination and implementation of the Student Council’s welfare campaigns, as directed by the Student Council and
  • provide the Student Council with a written report of his/her activities as Welfare Officer at each meeting of the Student Council.

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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;
  • collect and provide information on the needs of Postgraduate students to the Student Council;
  • liaise with other bodies that provide representation and, personal and academic support to Postgraduate students;
  • be responsible for the coordination and implementation of campaigns on issues of importance to Postgraduate students;
  • provide the Student Council with a written report of his/her activities as Postgraduate Officer at each meeting of the Student Council;
  • chair the Postgraduate Students Collective comprising of Postgraduate students, which shall seek to provide representation of and support for Postgraduate students and provide advice to the Student Council, through the Postgraduate Students Officer, of the needs of Postgraduate students and
  • communicate the activities of the Student Council to the Postgraduate Students Sub-Committee.

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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;
  • collect and provide information on the needs of international students to the Student Council;
  • liaise with other bodies that provide representation and, personal and academic support to International students;
  • be responsible for the coordination and implementation of campaigns on issues of importance to International students;
  • provide the Student Council with a written report of his/her activities as International Students Officer at each meeting of the Student Council;
  • chair the International Students Collective comprising of International students and
    communicate the activities of the Student Council to the International Students Sub-Committee.

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Queer Officer

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

The Queer Officer shall:

  • identify as Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Intersex or Queer (GBLTTIQ);
  • act as an advocate on behalf of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Intersex and Queer (GLBTTIQ) students;
  • recognise the importance of sexual and gender diversity and seek to be inclusive of all members of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Intersex and Queer (GBLTTIQ) community;
  • liaise and network with other organisations that provide support to and representation for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Intersex and Queer identifying people;
    be responsible for the coordination and implementation of campaigns on issues of importance to Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Intersex and Queer (GBLTTIQ) identifying students;
  • communicate the views of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Intersex and Queer students to the Student Council;
  • chair the Queer Collective, which shall provide advice to Student Council, through the Queer Officer, regarding issues for Queer students at Flinders University;
  • provide the Student Council with a written report of their activities as Queer Officer at each meeting of the Student Council and
  • liaise with the Queer Action Group, comprising of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Intersex and Queer (GBLTTIQ) identifying students.

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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 or Torres Strait Islander;
  • chair the First Nations Collective, which shall seek to provide representation of and support for Indigenous students and provide advice to the Student Council, through the Indigenous Students Officer, of the needs of Indigenous students;
  • advocate on behalf of Indigenous students on campus;
  • liaise and network with other organisations that provide support to and representation for Indigenous people;
  • be responsible for the coordination and implementation of campaigns on issues of importance to Indigenous students;
  • communicate the views of Indigenous students to the Student Council;
  • provide the Student Council with a written report of his/her activities as Indigenous Officer at each meeting of the Student Council and
  • liaise with the Office of Indigenous Strategy & Engagement.

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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 Council’s environment campaigns as directed by the Student Council;
  • chair the Environment Collective, which shall provide advice to the Student Council, through the Environment Officer, on campaigns on environmental issues and matters;
  • promote and facilitate student activity on environmental issues;
  • develop environmental campaign proposals for consideration by the Student Council;
  • liaise and network with Flinders University, State and National environment groups and provide the Student Council with a report of his/her activities as Environment Officer at each meeting of the Student Council.

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Disabilities Officer

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

The Disabilities Officer shall:

  • advocate for students who live with a disability;
  • chair the Disabilities Collective, which shall provide advice to Student Council, through the Disabilities Officer, regarding accessibility at Flinders University;
  • advise the Student Council on any practice that may be deemed ablest, or may discourage those living with disabilities from joining or attending FUSA events;
  • run campaigns and work with similar advocacy groups, university staff, or others to ensure the best interests of students living with disabilities is taken into account and
    provide the Student Council with a written report of his/her activities as Disabilities Officer at each meeting of the Student Council.

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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 ongoing organisation and management of the activities deemed ‘social’ rather than political that are run under FUSA’s name;
  • review, change and add to the FUSA Social Calendar as they seem fit, with the approval of Student Council;
  • chair the Social Activities Collective, which shall provide advice to Student Council, through the Social Activities Officer, regarding social activities at Flinders University and social activities for Flinders students;
  • be the contact point for FUSA members conducting campaigns with a social aspect;
  • utilize the other council members, in particular the Ordinary Members of Council to ensure successful events are conducted and
  • provide the Student Council with a written report of his/her activities as Social Activities Officer at each meeting of the Student Council.

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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;
  • act as an advocate on behalf of mature age students;
  • be the spokesperson of mature age students;
  • ensure that mature age students are referred to relevant campus or non-campus services in relation to personal and academic matters;
  • liaise and network with other mature age’s organisations and bodies on campus and outside of the University;
  • be responsible for the coordination and implementation of campaigns on issues of importance to mature age students and
  • provide the Student Council with a written report of their activities as Mature Age Students Officer at each meeting of the Student Council.

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General Council Member (Six Positions)

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

General Council Members shall:

  • assist office bearers in carrying out their duties;
  • communicate the activities of the Student Council to the general student population;
  • participate in Student Council activities and events and
  • participate in at least one student campus Action Group/Collective or Sub-Committee and
    ensure that they make themselves aware of relevant information relating to Student Council matters.

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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. It is currently in its 45th year of publication.

A team of three editors make up the Empire Times Editorial Team. The team is responsible for the creation and publication of 10 editions 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.

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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 2018. The conference will most likely commence in early December 2018 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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