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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
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.
The Notices of Ballot for the Student Representative Council, Student Editors and NUS Delegates are now available.
For the list of positions available on the Student Representative Council and Student Editor positions, please read the Student Representation and Participation Notice of Election (PDF, 94.33 KB) (opens in a new window).
For information about nominating as a student representative on University Academic and Governance Committees, please read the relevant Notice of Election.
|Notices of Ballot (Election Guides)|
|Notice of Nominations (DOC, 37.5 KB) (opens in a new window)|
|Student Representative Council (DOCX, 3599.4 KB) (opens in a new window)|
|Student Editors (DOCX, 1115.07 KB) (opens in a new window)|
|NUS Delegates (DOCX, 1143.61 KB) (opens in a new window)|
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 and Participation Student Elections 2020 Nomination Form (PDF, 79.93 KB) (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.
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
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
4 March - Nominations open
Nominations open from 9.30am.
Eligible nominations are welcome to be sent to email@example.com 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.
20 March - Nominations Close
Make sure you are a currently enrolled student by this time if you have nominated yourself for a position on the SRC, as an Editor or as an NUS Delegate!
Any attempts to withdraw a nomination will not be considered after this time.
To check the eligibility criteria for each position please check the Notice of Election (PDF, 94.33 KB).
23 March - Eligibility Check for Nomination
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.
30 March - Notice of ballot
The Notice of Ballot will be released on this date.
Questions regarding the ballot can be forwarded to The Returning Officer at this time.
6 April - Ballots open
Ballots are open at 9am on 6 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 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.
17 April - Ballots close
The ballots for the elections will be closed from 4pm on 17 April.
There will be no extensions.
20 April - Election Results Published online
The declaration of election results will be posted between Monday and Friday the week starting 20 April 2020.
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 Governance 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.
Please visit the elections website to view the notice of election documentation for a range of student representative positions that are currently open.
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