Student Elections

By nominating in the Student elections you can seize your opportunity to get involved, contribute and be the voice of your fellow students!

Participation in student representation allows you to play a key role in campus life and activities and build a range of skills well regarded by employers, while providing representation and advocacy relating to campus and University-wide issues.

Becoming a student representative may allow you to:

  • Contribute to decision making at The University
  • Represent student needs to The University
  • Help create a more vibrant campus life
  • Undertake professional development
  • Network with professionals at The University
  • Discuss strategic issues with management

Click here if you are thinking "but why else should I consider becoming a student representative?"

For more information about elections for student representative positions on the University’s governing and student representative bodies including the Board of Trustees, Academic Senate, and related University Academic and Governance Committees must be submitted through the Elections website.

Current elections

Ballots are now open for the 2023 Student Representative Council, Student Editors, and National Union of Students Delegate elections and will close at 4.00pm on Friday 15th September.

How do I vote? If you are eligible to vote in a ballot, you will receive an email (in your student email account) that includes a link to vote. Do not forward your voting information email or share your personalised secure voting link with anyone else.

The Notice of Nominations (opens in a new window) PDF, 134.93 KB and Ballot list (opens in a new window) PDF, 134.21 KB for the Student Representative Council, Student Editors and NUS NatCon Delegates are now available

Student Representative Council & Student Editor Candidate Statements (opens in a new window) PDF, 6649.12 KB

NUS NatCon Delegate Candidate Statements (opens in a new window)
PDF, 115.17 KB

Nominate for roles on University Committees

For information about nominating as a student representative on University Governance, Academic & School Committees, please navigate to the University Elections webpage.

Student Elections Information Webinar Recording (opens in a new window)

Student Elections Information Webinar Presentation Slides (opens in a new window)
PDF, 1454.43 KB

What happens during an election?

1. The Returning Officer(s) (opens in a new window) who oversee the election processes will send an email to all students and post the Notice of Election information online

2. Students interested in nominating for a position can then submit their details and candidate statement through the relevant online or hard copy nomination form. They may also submit a photograph. Nominations must be received by the closing date advised in the Notice of Election, and all students who nominate themselves or are nominated by another party, must meet the eligibility criteria on the day nominations close. To be eligible for any of the available positions, you must be a student and have an 'enrolled' status, some positions require further eligibility criteria to be met,

  • Students interested in a Student Representative Council, Student Editors, and National Union of Students Delegates roles should nominate using the Student Representation Elections Nomination Form (opens in a new window)  – Note: If supplying a candidate statement one (1) is required for SRC and Student Editor nominations and one (1) separate candidate statement is required for NUS Delegate. Submission of a candidate photo is optional but strongly recommended.

3. If more nominations are received than there are positions available, then a ballot will need to take place. If the number of nominations received is equal to or less than the number of positions available, then the nominee/s will be declared as elected to the position

4. Candidate statements will be available online for students to review if there is a ballot and candidates may campaign using approved material to support their claim in the election

5. Eligible students will receive an email notification with a personalised secure voting link allowing them to vote for candidates in the ballots

6. The results of the ballots will be published online

A breakdown of the important dates can be found below.

Nominations Open

Nominations are open from 9am Monday July 31.

Nominations are to be submitted via the electronic form (opens in new window) from this time.

Please attend the Elections Info Webinar (opens in a new window) on Wed 2 Aug for more information register via WesternLife.

Please note any student wishing to withdraw their nomination for any reason should ensure this is done before the close of nominations.

Nominations Close

If nominating in the election you should confirm you are a currently enrolled student, preferably before nominating, but no later than 4.00PM Friday 11 August. If you are ineligible due to not being enrolled, you should consider withdrawing your nomination before close on nominations.

Eligibility Checks

From Monday 14 August all nominations will be reviewed for confirmation of eligibility to stand in the elections. Any candidates found to not be elgiible for the positions they have nominated for will be excluded, and not considered for the ballot.

Notice of Ballot

The Notice of Ballot will be released shortly before ballots are due to open, this will be the prime time for canidates to begin their campaigns to attract fellow students to vote for them once they receive their personalised voting links.

Questions regarding the ballot can be forward to the The Returning Officer at this time.

Caniddates running in the election, according to the Notice of Ballot, may begin their campaigns.

Ballots Open

The ballots will be open from Monday 4 September. Once voters have received their personalised voting link to their student email, students are encouraged to vote as soon as possibl before the close of ballots.

Students eligible to vote should not share their personalised voting link, candidates should not request voters personalised voting link as this would be a candidate misconduct.

Students may find they receive their email link either shortly after 9am or sometime after. Please do not be concerned as the system sending the emails on behalf of the Returning OFficer has a lot of data to process and may take some time.

Ballots Close

The ballots for the elections will be closed from 4.00pm Friday 15 September.

Election Results Published

The declaration of election results will be published after Tuesday 3 October on the Student Voice webpage.

What are the elected student positions at Western?

Student Representative Council (SRC) Positions

The SRC is comprised of twenty-four (24) elected voting members. As the peak representative body for Western students. the SRC provides an important voice for students, raising campus issues, such as campus facilities, parking, transport, disability access, safety, and academic issues. The SRC meets monthly to hold formal meetings, which any Western student is welcome to attend. The SRC additionally will be involved with various events, activities, and campaigns they run throughout the year. The SRC is provided with staff support and a budget to run campus events and activities and is dedicated to creating a vibrant and engaging campus life. Additionally, some SRC representatives may join working parties, reference groups or sub-committees relevant to their portfolio.

Further details on the positions can be found contained within the Student Representative's Procedures (opens in new window).

For more information regarding the members of the SRC and the positions visit the SRC website (opens in new window).

Student Editor Positions

There are six (6) student editors elected each year to produce the student newspaper, W'SUP. These positions are open to currently enrolled Western Sydney University students from any campus. Editors are expected to work together to write and edit copy, commission work, place stories and promote the W'SUP (opens in new window)Opens in a new window.

The outgoing editors are also responsible for voting for and appointing a Director of Student Publications. This position may only be filled by a student of the university. Their role is to convene the editors, other students who may wish to run separate but affiliated publications and the staff who are responsible for the students. The Director of Student Publications is also responsible for providing strategic direction to the publication and providing leadership where relevant. For more information on WSUP please follow this link (opens in new window)Opens in a new window or use the link above to visit the WSUP website.

Delegates to National Union of Students (NUS) National Conference

The National Union of Students (NUS) is the peak student representative body in Australia. NUS delegates will have the opportunity to represent their University at NUS National Conference (NatCon) (usually held in December each year), where they will have full voting rights on the direction of the Union over the following year. NatCon also provides the opportunity for delegates to nominate themselves for leadership positions within the NUS itself.

The NUS constitution stipulates that if the SRC affiliates to the NUS then they shall have an election of seven (7) students who shall act as delegates to NatCon. The NUS Delegates from Western Sydney University are not formally a part of the SRC, however, they are still bound by Student Representative's code of conduct and are expected to act as representatives of their constituents in an appropriate manner while away on conference. While at NatCon each of the NUS Delegates also shall have the opportunity at NatCon to nominate themselves to be their University's representative to NUS.

More information about NUS and NUS delegates and their constitution can be found at the NUS website(opens in new window)Opens in a new window.

University Committees' Student Member Positions

Student Representative positions on University boards, committees and working groups are available for election at various points throughout the year, also depending on the term of the position and if/when casual vacancies pop up.

Most positions will have a two (2) year term, as opposed to the SRC and Editor terms of one (1) year.

Good governance of the university includes the voices of students so check out the elections website to view the notice of election documentation for a range of student representative positions.

Candidate Conduct During Elections

During the elections, candidates running in the elections are expected to conduct themselves in an appropriate and honourable manner.

Candidate conduct is outlined in Part D of the Student Representation Procedures (opens in a new window).


Q: What does it mean to run with a ticket in the elections?

A: A ticket or grouped candidacy is a group of students who usually band together with other like-minded students and each identify themselves as suitable for a certain role in the student rep structure and may or may not include NUS delegate positions. Common social, political, cultural, environmental or other goals may motivate the unofficial union and this may or may not dictate how the ticket identifies and/or what it is named.

Q: Does running in a ticket mean I am guaranteed my preferred position?

A: No. In short running in a ticket does not in fact guarantee anyone from obtaining a position, unlike Australian Federal politics for example, winning the majority will not win your group control over the SRC. There may be a mix of groups and independents, and some folks will be successful in their first preference, and some folks will be successful in another preference, and of course some folks (even despite running on a largely successful ticket) may not be elected in a role at all.

Q: Is the Returning Officer responsible for approving and fact-checking all of my campaign material?

A: While the Returning Officer of the elections for the SRC, editors and NUS delegates is responsible for approving any candidate's campaign material that is to be posted physically or electronically on any asset that is owned, operated, facilitated by the university, the Returning Officer is not responsible for fact-checking any campaign material or approving material that candidates intend on sharing on their personal social media. According to the procedures, any complaints about candidate conduct shall be referred to the Returning Officer and the Returning Officer shall make a ruling in accordance with the procedures of how to respond and if any such relevant action shall be taken. NW: University assets can include but are not limited to, poster boards, poles, walls, doors, a frames, social media sites, & student media.

Q: Can the Returning Officer disqualify a candidate from the election?

A: According to the procedures, yes, "where the Returning Officer is of the opinion that, on the balance of probabilities, a forbidden practice has occurred," they may remedy or dismiss the matter, or they may take action including excluding or disqualifying a candidate from the election (regardless of whether or not voting has occurred and votes have been counted). It is important that all candidates are familiar with the expectations and are responsible for familiarising themselves with the procedures and their own conduct during and outside of the elections.

Q: If I am not elected, does this mean I cannot participate in the SRC?

A: It is commonly preconceived that involvement in student politics and student voice is dictated by demonstrating possession of a role or a "title." This is simply not the case and all students are encouraged to independently lobby and hold their elected student representatives accountable; this can be achieved by sending them emails, observing their monthly scheduled meetings, attending relevant student forums and writing about your student experiences in W'SUP the student newspaper (opens in a new window).

Still have questions?

For more information about the nomination and election of these positions please contact the SRC Elections' Returning Officer Vic Miglionico on
For more information about any of these positions or the SRC please visit the SRC's website (opens in a new window) or email

Historic Elections Results

2023 Student Election Notices
Notice of Election PDF, 47.84 KB (opens in a new window)
Notice of Nominations
Notices of Ballot
Notices of Ballot (placeholders)
2022 Student Election Notices

Student Representation Notice of Election PDF, 97.11 KB (opens in a new window)
Notice of Ballot (opens in a new window) PDF, 27.05 KB
Declaration of Results (opens in a new window) PDF, 158.92 KB

Notice of Nominations 2022 PDF, 31.56 KB  (opens in a new window)
Notices of Ballot (Election Guides) Student Representative Council Candidates 2022 PDF, 135.94 KB  (opens in a new window)
Notices of Ballot (Election Guides) NUS Delegate Candidates 2022 PDF, 99.63 KB (opens in a new window)
2021 Student Election Notices

Student Representation Notice of Election (PDF, 94.31 KB)
Notice of Ballot PDF, 144.08 KB
Declaration of Results PDF, 58.66 KB (opens in a new window)

Notice of Nominations 2021 PDF, 144.08 KB (opens in a new window)
Notices of Ballot (Election Guides) Student Representative Council Candidates 2021  DOCX, 7450.41 KB (opens in a new window)
Notices of Ballot (Election Guides) Student Editor Candidates 2021 DOCX, 410.35 KB (opens in a new window)
Notices of Ballot (Election Guides) NUS Delegates 2021 DOCX, 2264.16 KB (opens in a new window)
2020 Student Election Notices
Declarations of Results 2020 (PDF, 29.79 KB) (opens in a new window)
Notice of Nominations 2020 (DOC, 37.5 KB) (opens in a new window)
Notices of Ballot (Election Guides) Student Representative Council 2020 (DOCX, 3599.4 KB) (opens in a new window)
Notices of Ballot (Election Guides) Student Editors 2020 (DOCX, 1115.07 KB) (opens in a new window)
Notices of Ballot (Election Guides) NUS Delegates 2020 (DOCX, 1143.61 KB) (opens in a new window)