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Student elections are your opportunity to get involved, contribute and be a voice for Western Sydney University 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
Why else should you consider becoming a student representative? Click here for more information.
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.
Results are now available for the 2021 Elections
Ballots closed for Student Representative Council members, Student Editors, and NUS Delegates elections on Monday 12 April and close at 4.00 PM on Monday 26 April
The Declaration of Results PDF, 58.66 KB (opens in a new window) is now available with the full list of elected representatives. Most representatives will begin their term as outlined in the declaration on 1 July 2021, however, more details will be posted soon on the filling of current casual vacancies on the SRC.
The Notice of Ballot PDF, 144.08 KB is available with a list of all valid nominations in the 2021 student elections.
Lists of all candidates with attached candidate statements are available below.
For the list of positions available on the Student Representative Council and Student Editor positions, please read the Student Representation Notice of Election (PDF, 94.31 KB) (opens in a new window).
Nominate for roles on University Committees
For information about nominating as a student representative on University Governance, Academic & School Committees, please read the relevant current Notice of Election on the Elections webpage.
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, Friday 20 March. 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 2021 Nomination Form (opens in a new window) – Note: A separate candidate statement is required for each position candidates are nominating for; such as SRC position, Student Editor, and NUS Delegate, submission of a candidate photo is optional but must adhere to formatting requirements.
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.
Important dates during the election
Nominations are open on March 15 from 9.30am.
Nominations are to be submitted via the electronic form (opens in a new window) from this time.
Please note any student wishing to withdraw their nomination for any reason should ensure this is done before the close of nominations.
Make sure you are a currently enrolled student by 4:00 PM Monday 29 March if you have nominated yourself for a position on the SRC, as an Editor or as an NUS Delegate!
To check the eligibility criteria for each position please check the Notice of Election (PDF, 94.31 KB).
Please note: Any attempts to withdraw a nomination will not be considered after this time.
Eligibility Check for Nomination
Between the close of nominations and the Notice of Ballot, the Returning Officer will ensure all candidates are eligible for the positions they have nominated for.
Any candidates not found to be eligible to stand in the election, or for any individual positions they have nominated for, will not make it to the ballot.
Notice of ballot
The Notice of Ballot (opens in a new window) will be released on 1 April.
Questions regarding the ballot can be forwarded to The Returning Officer at this time.
Candidates running in the election, according to the Notice of Ballot, may begin their campaign.
The ballot will be open from Monday 12 April. Once you have received your personalised voting link in your student inbox you are welcome to use it to vote for the candidates of your choice in your own time before the time of the close of ballots. Please be reminded to not share your link with any other persons or organisations.
Students may find they receive their email link either shortly after 9 AM 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.
The ballots for the elections will be closed from 4 PM on 26 April.
There will be no extensions.
Election Results Published online
The declaration of election results will be posted between Monday and Friday the week starting 3 May 2021.
If for any reason the election results are not available at this time please contact the Returning Officer.
What positions are up for election?
Student Representative Council (SRC) Positions
The SRC is comprised of twenty-three (23) 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 here (DOCX, 86.78 KB) (opens in a new window).
For more information regarding the members of the SRC and the positions visit the SRC website (opens in a 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 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 a new window) or use the link above to visit the WSUP website.
Delegate Positions 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 a new window).
University Committee Student Representative 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.
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 the Student Representation Procedures (opens in a new window) Part D Clauses 133 - 142.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Historic Elections Results
|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)|