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24 09, 2015

Evolve candidate statements

September 24th, 2015|News & Events|Comments Off on Evolve candidate statements

Evolve Statements

We are a group of experienced, diverse, and progressive students with years of involvement in Swinburne, its clubs and the Student Union. We understand that everybody’s university experience is different and we aim to cater to all students. We believe that everybody should have the opportunity to gain more from their time at university than just a piece of paper.
We are the same team who have been providing you with the fantastic Union services that you know and love including; free breakfasts, parties, bar nights at the Hammer & Swine, exam help stall and more.
We are proud of what we have done in recent years, in 2015 alone we:
• Almost doubled the Union’s printing service
• Teamed up with Rewardle to bring you more discounts
• Re-branded and launched the Hammer & Swine, Swinburne’s only bar
• Prevented Swinburne from discontinuing the laptop hire service during examinations
• Got Swinburne to declare its support for marriage equality (1st University in the country)
• Brought emergency calculators to the Student Union Exam Help Stall
• Increased Pathways & Vocational Education representation within the University
• Now have the first online student representatives in the University

Looking to the future, we:
• Will have student forums with University management so you can ask them questions directly as well as regular forums for you to connect with us, your representatives
• Work to see clubs being student-run, better supported, financially flexible and a corner stone of the Swinburne experience
• Conclude the Student Engagement Plan started by EVOLVE in 2015 to ensure that students are involved, consulted and included in all major Swinburne processes and decisions
• Continue the review into Careers in the Curriculum
• Will take a Swinburne focussed and prioritised voice to the NUS National Conference
• Grow our volunteer program so you can be more involved!
Fortunately, Abbott and Pyne have now moved on from their roles, we have been heavily involved in defending their attacks on our education, that’s why we’ve been at the forefront of campaigning against their cuts to Universities. We’ve helped organise some of the largest rallies seen in Melbourne for some time to pass on the message that our education should not be a debt sentence, and that we won’t go out fighting.
By being a forward-looking and dedicated team, EVOLVE will fight for you and your rights. We take student representation seriously, so we will be at the forefront of fighting for independent advocacy and student rights.
Most importantly, we will be your voice, raising your issues and your concerns to the University management as they arise.
Vote

[1] for EVOLVE!
Experienced, Diverse, Progressive!

 

President

 

Hi there! I’m Caitlin and I am Evolve’s Presidential Candidate for the Swinburne Student Union in 2016.

I know Swinburne very well as it is now my 7th year here. I’m currently studying my Masters in Marketing and Leadership since completing my undergraduate degree in International Business and Japanese.

My earlier Swinburne background includes living on student residences here at Hawthorn and running the Japanese club on campus. I started volunteering for the Student Union in 2012and have since held a number of roles including Welfare Officer in 2013, Hawthorn Campus Chair in 2014 and I am currently the Postgraduate Representative in 2015.  Outside those roles I am also the Postgraduate Representative on the SSAA Board, have been a co-chair of the Student Representative Council and hold a number of positions within CAPA, the peak Australian body that represents postgraduate students.

Some of my achievements for the SSU to date are establishing a food bank, setting up a Book Swap, successfully working to get gender neutral bathrooms on campus and starting up student markets in 2013.

I want to see the SSU become the centre of student life at Swinburne; running bigger and better events and offering more services to students than ever before.  I want the Student Union to offer a more transparent and accessible system for clubs to handle finances, hire equipment and receive assistance. The Student Union’s volunteering program should also be expanded to offer more opportunities for students to engage and offer vast more benefits to those that help out and engage.

I have worked closely with University management over the years and as such have good relationships and close ties to them in addition to National student organisations and other Universities. Through these connections and networks I have been and will continue to ensure that your student voice is not only heard, but listened to, included and acted upon.

I am also running to be a National Union of Students delegate. I have been a delegate before and understand what is involved and how to have the Swinburne voice heard. It is very important that smaller Universities like ours are involved on a national level to that policy and decisions made are done so considering all types of students and not just those studying at large Universities like Melbourne and Monash.

This will be your Union so you deserve to get involved and know what is going on. I will have regular monthly presidential blogs and student forums where you have your say, I will take your points, your criticisms and your feedback to the Vice-Chancellor. At student forums you will have the opportunity to share these thoughts directly yourself.

Student engagement and student control of student affairs are issues incredibly close to my heart and I hope you will support me and my team in making the Student Union the best it has ever been.

Vote [1] for EVOLVE!
Experienced, Diverse, Progressive!

 

 

 

General Secretary

 

Hello all, my name is Brendan Spackman-Williams and I’m running with EVOLVE to be the General Secretary for the Student Union in 2016!

 

I am studying a Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in Management and co-majoring in Commercial and have been at Swinburne since 2010, fair to say it’s a second home to me now. As I have been at Swinburne a while I have come to know it incredibly in depth and have established connections with numerous clubs on campus including almost every department, faculty and arm of the University.

 

As you can see I’ve been involved in a lot and for a long time at Swinburne and in student representation:

  • 2011 – SSAA Runner-Up Volunteer of the Year & First Recipient of Outstanding Volunteer of the Year
  • 2011 – Swinburne IAESTE Club Liaison Officer
  • 2012 – Student Union Hawthorn Campus Chair
  • 2013 – Student Union Education Officer / Vice-President
  • 2014 – Student Union General Secretary (Let’s see that again!)
  • 2014 – Student Representative Council (SRC) Co-Chair and FBL Student Representative
  • 2014 – Swinburne appointed delegate to G20 Youth Forum & chaired the conference session on Technology in Education
  • 2015 – Student Union President
  • 2015 – National Union of Students (NUS) member of National Executive

 

Additionally I have been a member of many University committees, boards and panels including but not limited to progress review panels, Student Consultative Panel, Swinburne Events Group, Learning & Technology Forum, Orientation Committee and the Faculty of Business & Enterprise Student Consultative Committee. I’ve also been regularly selected by the University to be the student contact on a number of high end University projects as well as launching a few of my own including the SSAF Review and the Student Engagement Plan which are currently taking place this year

 

Having had the General Secretary role in 2014 I know the position like the back of my hand, outside of the day to day, administrative and secretarial duties I will work closely with the SSU Finance Manage and Executive Officer to ensure financial stability and growth is achieved in addition to expanding the student Union into new endeavours.

 

I am also running as a NUS delegate and due to over three years of national experience am very well connected and respected nationally. I can and have regularly in years past taken a strong voice to the National Union and spoken for Swinburne students, for small Universities so that we are heard nationally and that we become part of the national student movement. I regularly meet with and discuss national issues with national office bearers and will continue to do so in 2016.

 

I am incredibly passionate about student representation, student engagement and student control of student affairs. Stand by this team, by EVOLVE, by our president candidate Caitlin, by the Student Union and you will have the best University experience imaginable.

 

Vote [1] for EVOLVE!

Experienced, Diverse, Progressive!

 

Education Academic Affairs Officer

 

My name is Suzanne Byron, and I am a final year civil engineering student. I am the Education Academic Affairs Officer for 2015, and would love to have the opportunity to continue in this role for 2016.

I am involved on various university committees and boards, and am committed to helping students with academic issues on campus. I am well versed in university policy, and have worked for student HQ. I have previously been the faculty of engineering and industrial science undergraduate representative, a student representative on progress review, discipline and appeals panels, as well as being a student representative within engineering staff meetings.

If re-elected to the position of academic affairs officer, I will continue to support and direct students in their struggles and general understanding of the functioning of Swinburne. I will create a how-to directory that can answer all of the typical and not so typical questions you have relating to anything Swinburne or being at university. Most importantly, I will represent you and your views to the university, and ensure that students are considered within decisions.

I am here to help you with the academic side of your university experience.

Vote [1] for EVOLVE!

Experienced, Diverse, Progressive!

 

 

Indigenous Representative

 

I am running for Indigenous Representative and for a delegate position for the National Union of Students with the Swinburne Student Union.

 

I am a student studying in my first year at the Swinburne Hawthorn campus, my indigenous linage is of the Gundjitmara clan from South-west Victoria and I am passionate about motivating youth engagement towards issues affecting indigenous youth.

 

I have some experience working with youth and with indigenous people on issues like reconciliation, I am involved with the surrounding indigenous communities of the Melbourne area too. I have spoken at a few events which looked at advancing the agenda of reconciliation, been to a youth Indigenous summit and I volunteer with the Indigenous Ultimate Association; of which I, teach First Australian youth how to play the beautiful sport of Ultimate.

 

I am also engaged a lot on campus, I play southern uni games and Australian uni games with the Swinburne Ultimate Team, I am working with Swinburne staff to form an indigenous student network and I will speak at uni events to do an acknowledgement of country.  In this role I am running for, I am motivated by desire to connect First Australians across Swinburne, so that those of whom are in need, are able to access support and assistance from other students of a similar Indigenous cultural background.

 

Vote [1] for EVOLVE!

Experienced, Diverse, Progressive!

 

 

 

Education Officer

 

Hello, everyone! I’m Anthony Osborne and I’m running for the position of Education Officer and the National Union of Students (NUS) Delegate in this year’s Student Union election. I’m currently studying a Bachelor of Business majoring in Public Relations.

Since starting university, I have been very active within the Student Union and Swinburne. This includes being the 2014 Finance and Events Officer for the Swinburne Queer Department, 2015 SSU Education Officer, President of the Swinburne Public Relations Society, and helping out with the student breakfasts, open days, orientation days, and other aspects of student life.

Outside of Swinburne, I sit on the Consortia of the Knox Headspace centre as the Young Person’s Representative, as well as working for Knox City Council in the Festival and Events team as a contractor to their events.

As Education Officer in 2015 I achieved a number of actions, including:

  • Restarting the SSU Education Board;
  • Ensuring that the library kept the laptop hire service running during renovations;
  • Providing the opportunity for Online, OUA, NICA, and PAVE students to be properly represented for the first time in Swinburne’s history;
  • Relaunched the TAFE/Apprentice and Traineeship Network as the Pathways and Vocational Education Collective;
  • Started calculator hire at the Exam Help Stall;
  • Plus many more initiatives!

In 2016, I plan to expand on those initiatives and more!

  • Continue the review of Careers in the Curriculum;
  • Oversee the return of the WithDrawal Fee Payable result code;
  • Continuing to fight against Fee Deregulation and University Funding Cuts;
  • And much more!

Outside of Swinburne campuses, I’m also standing for an NUS delegate position as a strong independent voice for Swinburne students. I believe strongly that we need a strong relevant National Union for Students which is able to represent us to Government and other peak bodies.  I want to make sure that our peak body also represents Vocational Education and Online students so that their unique issues are also addressed.

I will also be advocating for a range of issues to our National Union, including strengthening the fight against increases to student fees and University funding cuts, fair funding for student services, campaign for queer student rights, fighting against cuts to research funding, and more.

I’m part of a fantastic team that is called EVOLVE.  So Vote [1] for EVOLVE!
Experienced, Diverse, Progressive!

 

 

 

Welfare Officer.

 

My name is Tori and I’m studying sociology.

 

I’m very passionate about student welfare on campus, and want to do all I can to improve it. In the past I have volunteered for orientation, open day, and the programming help desk.

 

This past year I was the SSU Women’s Officer. In this role I successfully raised awareness among women on campus for the services that the Women’s Collective provides, such as the Women’s Room. We have had record numbers of women involved with the collective. I ran or assisted with the running of numerous events for students; some Women’s Collective only and some cross department events.

 

This year I brought more women from Swinburne to the NOWSA (National Organisation of Women Students Australia) conference than ever before. I assisted the Disability Officer pressure the university into installing a lift in the AD building.

 

However, as Women’s Officer I was restricted in what I could do. If I wanted to do something that wasn’t specifically related to the Women’s Officer role, I couldn’t, as it would take time away away from my responsibilities as Women’s Officer. I want to help more people, I want to do more to make university life great for all students. As Welfare Officer I can and will.

There’s a serious lack of student lounges and study spaces on campus in comparison with other universities, not all the buildings on campus are accessible to disabled students, there aren’t enough services to help students who are struggling, let alone enough ways to find out what services already are available to help. I want to change that. I will change that.

 

Vote [1] for EVOLVE!

Experienced, Diverse, Progressive!

 

Health & Disability Representative.

My name is Karuna and I study Forensic Science and Psychology with a minor in Indigenous Studies. While working within institutional settings, I develop affirmation action, social justice and positive duty approaches to business and operational management and service delivery. I like to bring together diverse groups of students, departments, businesses and political groups to focus on achieving such goals

Achievements:

* NOV 2014 – NOV 2015 Swinburne University Student Leader of the Year

* 2015 Swinburne Global Citizen Award

* 2015 Swinburne Sustainability Award

* 2014 Swinburne’s Research Award

* 2014 Vice Chancellor Outstanding Achievement Award

* 2013 Rotary Community and Humanitarian Service Award

* 2013 Represent Swinburne University at the Scholars Leadership Symposium overseas.

* 2012 Kath Watson Scholarship

* 2012 -2015 Profile used within the Swinburne Alumni ‘Brilliant Futures’ fundraising campaign

Experience on campus and through my studies:

*2012 Placement in Melbourne Assessment Prison under a Psychologist (mentor)

*2013 Ongoing 2015 – Paid Student Ambassador for Swinburne University

*2013 Australian Paid Government Internship, Canberra, Fahcsia, NDIS

*2013 Elected onto Swinburne Student Union – Abilities & Health Officer

*2014 Elected onto Student Representative Council Swinburne University (FSCC)

*2014 Assistant Careers Practitioner and Business Administration Swinburne University Student Acceleration Program

*2014 – 2015 Advocate at Disability Justice Advocacy – Student Placement under Executive Officer (mentor)

*2015 Student Union – General Representative

Vote [1] for EVOLVE!

Experienced, Diverse, Progressive!

 

Women’s Representative

I’m Abigail and I’m nominating for Woman’s Representative.

I’m studying an Honours in Computer Science and have been a student at Swinburne since 2009.  In that time I have served the SSU as the Queer Representative in 2010 and 2011 as well as helped to run an SSAA club from 2009 to 2012 to run events for and support queer students.  I have a passion not just for helping students in general but for representing female students and in feminism in general, and I plan to bring that enthusiasm into this role.  If elected I aim to support female students with any issues they may have, run the Women’s Room as a safe and supportive space for all cis and trans gendered women, and advocate for women’s issues and their safety if any issues with faculty and teaching staff arise.  I have already been heavily involved with the Women’s Room and supported the current Women’s Representative this year.  I believe that I should be elected based on not just my extensive experience but my passion and drive to support female and genderqueer students.

Vote [1] for EVOLVE!

Experienced, Diverse, Progressive!

 

Hawthorn Campus Chair.

My name is Tohiora James Kuru. I’m currently studying a Bachelor of Business, majoring in Entrepreneurship & Innovation, and Management.

I have been at Swinburne for two years and have been involved with the Student Union for the last year as its Clubs Officer. Part of my involvement with the SSU has been the organising and running of activities on campus for students to enjoy, which is a key responsibility for the Hawthorn Campus Chair role.

I believe that Swinburne is a great university, with a diverse demographic of students. It is therefore important to ensure that all students get the most out of their campus, be it facilities or out of class activities. I believe that students, in order to engage in the classroom, must also be engaged outside of the classroom in order to create a good balance. One of my best traits is the ability to talk with anyone about practically anything; I believe that it’s important to be able to do that in a role which focuses on engaging students on a personal level. I am very passionate about providing services to students and ensuring that students get the most out of them, a key responsibility of the Hawthorn Campus Chair is to work out what services/activities are wanted by students, and how best to provide them to those students.

If elected, my main focus will be to engage with the students at the Hawthorn campus, ensuring that the students know and feel that they have a say on what happens on their campus, and helping to highlight issues specific to Hawthorn students by implementing, passing on and raising student ideas, concerns and problems to the necessary people.

Vote [1] for EVOLVE!

Experienced, Diverse, Progressive!

 

Queer Representative.

Hi, I’m Zane.

I’ll be running on the EVOLVE ticket for student elections, as candidate for queer representative.

Over the last decade, since coming into my sexuality, I’ve been heavily involved with the broader queer community – including volunteering for community outreach programmes for youth homelessness, HIV awareness, and fundraising for these initiatives.

What I would bring to my time as queer rep. would be a greater focus on practical welfare, information availability and, of course, maintaining the legacy of the social support network which has already been established by previous officers.

Everyone is welcome to join us for a coffee, or some time alone – you don’t need to be queer, or even certain you’re not. It will be great to meet you.

Vote [1] for EVOLVE!

Experienced, Diverse, Progressive!

 

Environment & Sustainability Officer

The future looks bright through my eyes. With a view 158cm off the ground, I can see that a little elbow grease is needed to create more of an awareness of environmental issues and 2016 is our year. My name is Ana Tinc and I’m majoring in Law and Professional Writing and Editing.

Seeing as I’ll be graduating by the time I have grandchildren with this duo, I feel it is only appropriate to boost my involvement within the student community. I intend to not only run for the National Union of Students delegate position, but also take on the environmental representative position.

Throughout the years, I have found myself in many diverse roles. Be it the SRC captain in year twelve, or my current involvement in Fossil Free Swinburne, I love working alongside vibrant and inspired individuals to project the voice of the people. I’ve also landed multiple positions which have given me the tools to coordinate people and youth mentoring positions that have allowed me to gain experience at the wheel of an event. But nothing has taught me more than plain ol’ hospitality, where I learnt that it’s not what you do, but how you do it. With this motto, I intend to demolish two goals next year.

My first move if elected is to increase student involvement in Environmental events. Swinburne students are very busy people indeed. There’s lectures to sleep through, coffee to drink, and most importantly somewhere else to be. I intend to wedge in a little bit of community spirit and Nature appreciation in that tight schedule of yours. How does eye opening doco nights sound? Eco friendly pop up stalls? Involvement in ‘plant a tree’ day, or even a super awesome, somehow ecofriendly water festival? Sure, not all of my ideas may be doable, which is why I intend to be the amplifier, not the voice and project all your beautiful ideas.

Secondly, after student momentum has risen to fierce and intimidating heights, I plan to tackle one environmental issue alongside other inspired, ready and diligent students. Thankfully some work has already been done for us; we can tick off banning smoking on campus, solar panels, and an electric car charging station. I know what you’re thinking, all the easy ones are taken, what could we possibly achieve next? The banning of cling wrap, plastic bottles and plastic bags can make an overwhelmingly positive impact not just on campus, but globally. Not to mention the Fossil Free movement has gained enormous support internationally. It’s safe to say, there are many environmental issues that are still a threat to our beautiful campus.

Together we have the opportunity do something incredible with our time at Swinburne. As a collective, we have the ability to push this community into an ecofriendly, positive and sustainable direction.

The future looks bright through my eyes, so grab that awesome pen of yours, pat yourself on the back and vote [1] for EVOLVE to start our 2016 movement!

Experienced, Diverse, Progressive!

 

Clubs Officer

Hi, my name is Thomas Filippou and I’ll be running for the position of Clubs Officer.

I’m a first year Arts (International Studies) student, have a passion for Model United Nations debate, sit on the board of the association of Model United Nations in Australia, and am involved with UN Youth Victoria.

In the year that I’ve been at Swinburne, I have fallen in love with its rich culture and environment, but especially the clubs. In my time as the President of the Swinburne International Affairs Society, I have had the opportunity obtain a unique, inside understanding of how clubs work, as well as how to manage one and it is this understanding that I hope to bring to the role of Clubs Officer.

I will provide support for clubs starting up with things such as training, or assistance in organising events and getting the word out there, I would like to ensure that the clubs at Swinburne are able to cement their place at the heart of Swinburne culture, and help them to grow further.

Clubs need to be an integral part of our University, vote for me to help me make that happen.

Vote [1] for EVOLVE!

Experienced, Diverse, Progressive!

 

Managing Editor of Swine

I am Pedro Cooray, the current Managing Editor of Swine magazine, and I am nominating myself to continue in the same position for 2016. In my time as Managing Editor of Swine magazine, I have been able to develop a large network of contacts to draw upon to write, illustrate, and promote the publication. These contacts have expressed positive experiences with working with the magazine, and I aim to further develop and continue the welcoming environment Swine has fostered for contributors.

I began to work with Swine in 2014, under Rhys Pope, contributing film reviews to the publication, which I still continue today. However, my role has recently expanded to co-ordinating contributors to the magazine and writing articles, with a recent development into feature articles. In this way, Swine has aided my development as both a writer and a manager, and enabled me to develop leadership skills and expand both my writing structure and style.

These skills, developed due to my involvement with Swine, lead me to believe that Swine will be well-served by me continuing to be Managing Editor. I have a deep understanding of the magazine and the team that is responsible for it, and, having served the magazine for six issues, had vast experience in utilizing the skills needed for a successful publication.

Vote [1] for EVOLVE! Experienced, Diverse, Progressive!

Thank you,
Pedro Cooray
Managing Editor
Swine Student Magazine

 

Promotions & Distributions Officer in the Media Committee

Hello, my name is Jared Berman. I’m running for the Promotions & Distributions Officer on the Media Committee. I have practical experience writing for online news as well as broadcast journalism on SYN. My current area of study is focussed on journalism and I feel like I could help the Swine produce more content and reach a wider audience.

I have been volunteering for the Student Union for the past year working during Orientation Week and Welcome back week to recruit new members, promote the SSU and events. I also volunteer regularly at the weekly barbeque, preparing food and spruiking what’s taking place at SSU.

I will work to distribute the Swine Magazine to a wider audience will recruit new content creators for more varied content in addition to writing some myself. My writing focus will be on student life at Swinburne and informing the student body of any news coming from the University and the Student Union.

I look forward to contributing however I can to the Swine, media committee and the Swinburne Student Union.

Vote [1] EVOLVE!
Experienced, Diverse, Progressive!

 

Health, Arts, & Design Representative

I’m Kira Hennessy and I’m running for the position of Student Representative for the FHAD faculty in this years Student Uni Elections.

I’m currently in my second year of a Bachelor of Communication, majoring in Public Relations. Beyond my course, I am also a member of the Public Relations Society, and regularly participate in uni activities.

I have really enjoyed my time at Swinburne, and I feel that there has to be a more comprehensive voice between students and the university, to address existing issues that matter to us as students. Because of this, I think that I’ll be a great candidate to represent you. I know that some aspects of attending uni can be difficult; living away from home, uni fees and making everything work; so I know the importance of having our issues and concerns – regarding university- addressed and improved.

I hope you feel I can represent you and your opinions and I look forward to hearing from and working with you towards a better University experience.

Vote [1] for EVOLVE!

Experienced, Diverse, Progressive!

 

NUS Delegate

Hi everyone I am Joshua Briers, and I am proud to be running as one of your National Union of Students (NUS) delegates and to be a General representative on the SSU.

I am very well suited to liaise with the NUS as I was a delegate of Swinburne to the NUS Education Conference in 2014 and 15, I was also a delegate at 2014 National Conference with your vote, which I hope you will entrust me with again. I have the comprehensive set of skills needed to negotiate and fight for the best outcomes for you the student body.

My engagement from NUS goes further than conferences, in 2014 as Education Officer I worked with the NUS to bring a national campaign to Swinburne with great success we made our voice heard that, Swinburne students did not want the Abbott government’s deregulatory measures. In 2015 I have continued working closely with those involved in NUS forming strong relationships with other universities, and working hard to ensure that your welfare was being looked after at National level. I regularly meet with and discuss national issues with national office bearers and will continue to do so in 2016. I am incredibly passionate about student representation, student engagement and student control of student affairs.

Why vote for me? Simple;

  • I am a tenacious and strong defender & fighter for Swinburne students at a national level
  • I will submit policy to the NUS National Conference 2015
  • I will continue to engage with NUS beyond the 2015 National Conference
  • I have the experience to deal with the NUS environment

By being an NUS delegate I can proudly represent students at Swinburne, and I can ensure that Australia’s peak student union body can work hard to ensure that students are being protected from rising fees and harsh living conditions.

I am also running as a General Representative on SSU Council and due to over 2 years of experience I know the SSU and how it works, being both your elected Welfare and Education officer over the past two years. I can and have regularly been a strong voice on Union council for those who are queer and have mental health issues, and intend to continue in being a strong voice on Union council, I also have great faith in the EVOLVE council team and will be able to work well with all of them.

Support EVOLVE, and our president candidate Caitlin Bruty, together we can make Swinburne a great place to be!

VOTE [1] EVOLVE

VOTE [1] Joshua Briers for National Union of Students

Experienced, Diverse, Progressive!

 

 

24 09, 2015

2016 Election – Provisional nominations with ticket names

September 24th, 2015|News & Events|Comments Off on 2016 Election – Provisional nominations with ticket names

Below is a list of current nominations and the tickets that were registered by the deadline. Ticket statements and candidate statements for Evolve can be found here. A ticket and candidate statement for Seriously Don’t Vote For Me can be found here.

Committee Position Name Ticket
Students’ Council President Caitlin Bruty Evolve
General Secretary Brendan Spackman-Williams Evolve
Education Officer Anthony Osborne Evolve
Lee Taube
Education Officer (Academic Affairs) Suzanne Byron Evolve
Education Officer (Public Affairs) Asha Khalif Ali Evolve
Welfare Officer Victoria Pearce Evolve
Hawthorn Campus Chair Tohiora James Kuru
Wantirna Campus Chair Will Joseph
International Representative Adnan Islam Evolve
Postgraduate Representative Qazi Syed Zaheeruddin
Ryan Lixin Chen Evolve
Queer Representative Zane Clark Evolve
Women’s Representative Abigail Michell Evolve
TAFE Representative Michael Samarin Evolve
Indigenous Representative Christopher Jakobi Evolve
Clubs Officer Thomas Filippou Evolve
Environment & Sustainability Officer Ana Tinc Evolve
Heath/Disability Representative Karuna Santosa Evolve
General Representative (3 positions) David Brodtmann
Jared Berman Evolve
Joshua Briers Evolve
Linda Kenyon
Pawan Suppaiboonsuk
Education Board Health, Arts, & Design Representative David Brodtmann
Kira Hennessy Evolve
Science, Engineering & Technology Representative Dilan Chathuranga
Samuel Roberts Evolve
Media Committee Editor in Chief of the Swine Nicholas Kennedy Evolve
Secretary/Treasurer Matt Young Evolve
Lead Designer of the Swine Anh Tuan Tran
Josh Coates Evolve
Managing Editor of the Swine Pedro Cooray Evolve
Promotions & Distributions Officer of the Swine Jared Berman Evolve
Swinburne International Students’ Assocation (SISA) Committee Member (5 positions) Anh Tuan Tran
Krishna Sai Sarath Tummalpalli
Omar Benmansour Evolve
Panduka Madana Hiti Bandaralage Evolve
Qazi Syed Zaheeruddin Evolve
Srinath
Telge Yamindri Natasha Peiris Evolve
National Union of Students (NUS) National Conference Delegate Ana Tinc Evolve
Anthony Osborne Evolve
Brendan Spackman-Williams Evolve
Caitlin Bruty Evolve
Christopher Jakobi Evolve
Joshua Briers Evolve
Joshua Fernandez Seriously Don’t Vote For Me
Viktoria Ivanova
Will Joseph
21 09, 2015

2016 Swinburne Student Union Elections- UPDATED

September 21st, 2015|News & Events|Comments Off on 2016 Swinburne Student Union Elections- UPDATED

Swinburne Student Union annual election

Swinburne Student Union Incorporated is the independent student association representing all students at Swinburne University of Technology. It provides representation, services and events to thousands of students. Each year the Students’ Council and many other boards and committees are democratically elected from and by Swinburne students.

Nominations for 2016 Student Union positions closed on Friday 18th September at 5pm. Ticket registration closes at 5pm on Monday 21st September. To register a ticket, submit this form to the Returning Officer.

Provisional nominations received as of Monday 21st September 2015 are listed, with contested positions listed in bold.

Committee Position Name
Students’ Council President Caitlin Bruty
General Secretary Brendan Spackman-Williams
Education Officer Anthony Osborne
Lee Taube
Education Officer (Academic Affairs) Suzanne Byron
Education Officer (Public Affairs) Asha Khalif Ali
Welfare Officer Victoria Pearce
Hawthorn Campus Chair Tohiora James Kuru
Wantirna Campus Chair Will Joseph
International Representative Adnan Islam
Ryan Lixin Chen
Postgraduate Representative Qazi Syed Zaheeruddin
Ryan Lixin Chen
Queer Representative Zane Clark
Women’s Representative Abigail Michell
TAFE Representative Michael Samarin
Indigenous Representative Christopher Jakobi
Clubs Officer Thomas Filippou
Environment & Sustainability Officer Ana Tinc
Heath/Disability Representative Karuna Santosa
General Representative (3 positions) David Brodtmann
Jared Berman
Joshua Briers
Linda Kenyon
Pawan Suppaiboonsuk
Education Board Health, Arts, & Design Representative David Brodtmann
Health, Arts, & Design Representative Kira Hennessy
Science, Engineering & Technology Representative Dilan Chathuranga
Science, Engineering & Technology Representative Samuel Roberts
Media Committee Editor in Chief of the Swine Nicholas Kennedy
Secretary/Treasurer Matt Young
Lead Designer of the Swine Anh Tuan Tran
Josh Coates
Managing Editor of the Swine Pedro Cooray
Promotions & Distributions Officer of the Swine Jared Berman
Swinburne International Students’ Assocation (SISA) Committee Member (5 positions) Anh Tuan Tran
Krishna Sai Sarath Tummalpalli
Omar Benmansour
Panduka Madana Hiti Bandaralage
Qazi Syed Zaheeruddin
Srinath
Telge Yamindri Natasha Peiris
National Union of Students (NUS) National Conference Delegate Ana Tinc
Anthony Osborne
Brendan Spackman-Williams
Caitlin Bruty
Christopher Jakobi
Joshua Briers
Joshua Fernandez
Viktoria Ivanova
Will Joseph

 

The following positions received no nominations:

Students’ Council Croydon Campus Chair
Swinburne University Postgraduate Association (SUPA) Committee Member (5 positions)
Media Committee Advertising Editor
Education Board Faculty of Business & Law Representative
Hawthorn Campus Committee Committee Member (5 positions)
Croydon Campus Committee Committee Member (5 positions)
Wantirna Campus Committee Committee Member (5 positions)

 

A ballot for all contested positions will be conducted between Monday 5th October to Friday 9th October 2015.  All currently enrolled Swinburne students can vote in the election. Polling will be open at the following times and places:

Monday 5/9 Tuesday 6/9 Wednesday 7/9 Thursday 8/9 Friday 1/9
Hawthorn (Atrium) 10am – 4pm 10am – 4pm 12pm – 6pm 10am – 4pm 10am – 4pm
Croydon (Cafeteria) 10am – 4pm 10am – 4pm
Wantirna (Cafeteria) 10am – 4pm 10am – 4pm 9am – 3pm

Contact the Returning Officer, Haydn Steel, on 0401 421 480 or swinRO@abovequota.com.au.

 

The following positions will be elected at this election:

Students’ Council

Position Hours per week Total honoraria Eligibility requirements
President 38 $12,500 Must have been enrolled at SUT for at least one contiguous semester within previous two semesters
General Secretary 25 $8,000 Must have been enrolled at SUT for at least one contiguous semester within previous two semesters
Education Officer 25 $8,000 Must have been enrolled at SUT for at least one contiguous semester within previous two semesters
Welfare Officer 25 $8,000 Must have been enrolled at SUT for at least one contiguous semester within previous two semesters
Education Officer (Academic Affairs) 15 $4,000
Education Officer (Public Affairs) 15 $4,000
Hawthorn Campus Chair 20 $6,000 Must be studying primarily at Hawthorn for the following Teaching Period
Croydon Campus Chair 20 $6,000 Must be studying primarily at Croydon for the following Teaching Period
Wantirna Campus Chair 20 $6,000 Must be studying primarily at Wantirna for the following Teaching Period
Postgraduate Representative (President of SUPA) 15 $4,000 Must be enrolled as a Postgraduate student
International Representative (President of SISA) 15 $4,000 Must be enrolled as an International student
TAFE Representative 15 $4,000 Must be enrolled as a TAFE/PAVE student
Indigenous Representative 15 $4,000 Must identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
Queer Representative 15 $4,000 Must identify as Queer
Women’s Representative 15 $4,000 Must identify as a Woman
Health/Disability Representative 15 $4,000
Clubs Officer 15 $4,000
Environment & Sustainability Officer 15 $4,000
General Representative (three (3) positions) 15 $4,000

 

Education Board

Position Hours per week Total honoraria Eligibility requirements
Education Officer, President, Welfare Officer, General Secretary, TAFE/PAVE Representative, Postgraduate Representative See Students’ Council See Students’ Council See Students’ Council
Faculty of Business & Law Representative 10 $2,500 Must be enrolled as an FBL student
Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology Representative 10 $2,500 Must be enrolled as an FSET student
Faculty of Health, Arts & Design Representative 10 $2,500 Must be enrolled as an FHAD student

NOTE: TAFE/PAVE positions on Education Board will be elected in early 2016.

 

Hawthorn Campus Committee

Position Hours per week Total honoraria Eligibility requirements
Hawthorn Campus Chair* See Students’ Council See Students’ Council See Students’ Council
Hawthorn General Representative (five (5) positions) 5 $1,250 Must be studying primarily at Hawthorn for the following Teaching Period

 

Croydon Campus Committee

Position Hours per week Total honoraria Eligibility requirements
Croydon Campus Chair* See Students’ Council See Students’ Council See Students’ Council
Croydon General Representative (five (5) positions) 5 $1,250 Must be studying primarily at Croydon for the following Teaching Period

 

Wantirna Campus Committee

Position Hours per week Total honoraria Eligibility requirements
Wantirna Campus Chair* See Students’ Council See Students’ Council See Students’ Council
Wantirna General Representative (five (5) positions) 5 $1,250 Must be studying primarily at Wantirna for the following Teaching Period

 

Swinburne International Students Association (SISA) committee members

Position Hours per week Total honoraria Eligibility requirements
International Representative (President of SISA)* See Students’ Council See Students’ Council See Students’ Council
SISA Committee Member (five (5) positions) 5 $1,250 Must be enrolled as an International student

 

Swinburne University Postgraduate Association (SUPA) committee members

Position Hours per week Total honoraria Eligibility requirements
Postgraduate Representative (President of SUPA)* See Students’ Council See Students’ Council See Students’ Council
SUPA Committee Member (five (5) positions) 5 $1,250 Must be enrolled as a Postgraduate student

 

Media Committee (Swine Student Magazine)

Position Hours per week Total honoraria Eligibility requirements
Editor-in-Chief 15 $3,750
Managing Editor 10 $2,500
General Secretary 10 $2,500
Advertising Editor 10 $2,500
Promotions & Distributions Officer 10 $2,500
Lead Designer 10 $2,500

 

National Union of Students (NUS) delegates

Position Hours per week Total honoraria Eligibility requirements
NUS Conference Delegates (six (6) positions) N/A N/A  

NOTE: Positions marked in italics are ex-officio positions (members of that committee by virtue of being elected to the position).

 

Electoral Conduct

70) No person shall in connection with any election;

  1. a) if running as an independent candidate, incur more than $2000 in 2013 dollars of monetary expenses for electioneering purposes. In elections conducted in years subsequent to 2013, this amount must be indexed to inflation. Only candidates may incur expenses. All receipts must be provided to the Returning Officer;
  2. b) engage in electioneering or display posters within six meters distance, clearly marked, from the polling booth as determined by the Returning Officer;
  3. c) record a vote which he or she is not entitled to record;
  4. d) remove a ballot paper from the immediate vicinity of a polling booth, unless with permission of the Returning Officer;
  5. e) interfere with any notice, except with the permission of the Returning Officer, which may be given if such notice infringes against this Schedule;
  6. f) interfere with any ballot paper, ballot box, sheet of election names, nomination, or other things relating to the election;
  7. g) engage in any dishonest, misleading or deceptive practice. Slander and defamation will be treated as extremely serious by the Returning Office;
  8. h) in any other manner impede or attempt to impede the proper conduct of an election;
  9. i) engage in any electioneering unless an enrolled student of Swinburne University of Technology;
  10. j) engage in any abusive or discriminatory behaviour towards any other person, whether involved in the election or otherwise;
  11. k) use any Swinburne Student Union resources for the purpose of any election not available for Swinburne students which would otherwise advantage, disadvantage themselves or others in the election.

71) No ticket shall in connection with any election incur, between all candidates of that ticket, more than $2000 in 2013 dollars of monetary expenses for electioneering purposes. In elections conducted in years subsequent to 2013, this amount must be indexed to inflation. Only candidates may incur expenses. All receipts must be provided to the Returning Officer.

72) No independent candidates and tickets are allowed to financially endorse or financially support other independent tickets or tickets.

73) If a student is employed by the Student Union and nominates as a candidate the student must cease employment for the entire election period even if they have been declared elected unopposed.

74) Candidates shall comply with any reasonable request or direction of the Returning Officer during the course of an election.

75) Election Material Notwithstanding the other provisions of this Part:

  1. a) Election material shall not be libellous or defamatory.
  2. b) Election material must not be produced in such a way as to cause confusion or so as to deliberately mislead voters into incorrectly attributing the material to any other individual, group or organisation.
  3. c) Election material must prominently identify the candidate or ticket for whom the material is produced.
  4. d) Authorisation
  5. i) All election material must, in addition to what is required by subclause 75 (c), include the words “Authorised by:” followed by the name of the candidate on whose behalf the material has been produced, their primary campus, the position for which they are running and their course of study.
  6. ii) Election material shall not be authorised by any individual other than the candidate for whom the material is produced, and must not be distributed on behalf of that candidate without their explicit knowledge and endorsement.

 

For full election rules and regulations, see the SSU Constitution and SSU Election Regulations.