Council


The Graduate Union of The University of Melbourne Inc. (the Association) is:

  • an incorporated association in the state of Victoria, Australia under the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012 (with registration number A0023234B);
  • a charity under the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) Act 2012; and
  • registered with an Australian Business Number (556 1066 4963).

The business of the Association is under the direction of Council. Council establishes subcommittees and other as-needed working parties consisting of members with terms of reference it considers appropriate.

The following gives a schematic representation of the current governance structure of the Association.

 

Council Diagram

 

 

Council Members  /  2019-2020

The Hon Diana Bryant AO QC
President

Cr The Hon Gaetano (Tony) Pagone
Chairperson of Council

Cr Vincent Mirabelli
Vice-Chairperson of Council
Chairperson of Fundraising and Benefactions subcommittee

Cr Mary R Kelleher
Chairperson of the Buildings and Facilities subcommittee

Cr Molina Asthana
Chairperson of Governance and Nominations subcommittee

Cr Rhys Watson
Chairperson of Finance and Audit subcommittee

Cr Keith Ryall
Chairperson of the Membership and Marketing subcommittee

Cr Sarah Banks
Representative appointed by the Vice-Chancellor of The University of Melbourne

Cr Kingsley Davis OAM

Cr Muan Lim

Cr Kylie O’Connell
Representative appointed by the Vice-Chancellor of The University of Melbourne

Cr Peter Rogers

Cr Max Stephens

Our Subcommittees members


Finance and Audit subcommittee

The Finance and Audit subcommittee exists to monitor and review policies and practices relating to the sourcing, management, control and auditing of finances as well as monitoring and reviewing the management of financial risk.

Chairperson
Cr Rhys Watson

Vice-Chairperson
Cr Muan Lim
Dr Phillip Cobbin

Cr Gaetano (Tony) Pagone
Mr David Pitt
Cr Keith Ryall
Mr Leo Santalucia
Ms Shivani Sethi
Ms Akriti Sharma

Buildings and Facilities subcommittee

The Buildings and Facilities subcommittee exists to monitor and review policies and practices relating to the development and management of buildings and facilities.

Chairperson
Cr Mary Kelleher

Vice-Chairperson
Mr Robert Heaton
Cr Max Stephens

Governance and Nominations subcommittee

The Governance and Nominations subcommittee exists to establish excellence in governance practice, formulate and review policies and practices relating to the effectiveness of Council and its subcommittees and ensure adequate Council succession planning.

Chairperson
Cr Molina Asthana

Vice-Chairperson
Cr Vincent Mirabelli
Dr Brendan Grabau

Ms Radhika Agarwal
Dr Phillip Cobbin
Cr Kingsley Davis OAM
Ms Sobia Masood
Cr Gaetano (Tony) Pagone
Ms Maggie Wang

Fundraising and Benefaction subcommittee

The Fundraising and Benefaction subcommittee exists to monitor and review policies and practices relating to advancement, fundraising, benefactions, sponsorship, networking and endowments.

Chairperson
Cr Vincent Mirabelli

Vice-Chairperson
Ms Shelley Jones
Cr Muan Lim

Mrs Nanette Gibson
Mr Fausto Marasco
Mr Wal Reid
Cr Peter Rogers
Cr Rhys Watson

Remuneration subcommittee

The Remuneration subcommittee exists to monitor and review policies and practices relating to the performance and remuneration of the CEO/Head of College.

Chairperson
Cr Gaetano (Tony) Pagone

Cr Molina Asthana
Cr Mary Kelleher
Cr Vincent Mirabelli
Cr Rhys Watson

Membership and Marketing subcommittee

The Membership and Marketing subcommittee exists to oversee the maintenance and growth of membership and to oversee the development of marketing of new or improved programs or services.

Chairperson
Cr Keith Ryall

Vice-Chairperson
Ms Rosie Maddick
Cr Max Stephens

Cr Molina Asthana
Cr Kingsley Davis OAM
Ms Jan Hocking
Cr Mary Kelleher
Cr Peter Rogers

Resident Committee

The Resident Committee includes the Resident Representatives on subcommittees, the Graduate House Student Group and Duty Residents.

Resident Representatives on Finance and Audit Subcommittee
Ms Akriti Sharma
Ms Shivani Sethi

 

Graduate House Student Group (GHSG)
Ms Sobia Masood (President)
Ms Swati Bedi (Vice President)
Ihtisham Kalimullah (Secretary)
Neharika Bajracha (Treasurer)
Shubhangi Verma (Events Coordinator)
Barbie (Publicity Coordinator)
Ms Radhika Agarwal (Sports Coordinator)

 

Resident Representative on Governance and Nominations Subcommittee
Ms Radhika Agarwal
Ms Maggie Wang
Ms Sobia Masood

 

Duty Residents
Ms Sobia Masood
Tim Stephens

Elections


Each year, The Graduate Union of The University of Melbourne Incorporated (the Association) holds an election of Members to Council, the governing body of the Association.

The call for nominations for election to Council in 2020 was released earlier this year, was on the Association’s website and is now closed.

Valid nominations were received by the closing date and time. The Association’s annual General Meeting AGM) – usually held in the last week of May – has been postponed. Following this AGM, the newly elected and re-elected Council members will take office.

Please refer to the Rules and Regulations relating to elections.

 
 

This downloadable form is to request Non-inclusion on the Register of Members sent to other Members.

This downloadable form is to request that Notices and Publications are emailed rather than posted.

Register of Members - non-inclusion

From early in February to mid-March each year, Members may nominate for a position on Council. If the number of nominees is greater than the number of available positions, the Returning Officer will send to all Members voting papers and information about the candidates. Candidates may seek to send additional campaign material to all resident and non-resident Members of our Association. For this ‘proper purpose’ candidates may request access to the Register of Members to gain name and contact/address details. The Graduate Union is then obliged to provide election candidates with a copy of the Register of Members. If you do not want your name and contact details to be included in the copy of the Register of Members given to election candidates, please inform the CEO/Head of College of the Graduate Union in writing (post, facsimile, as an email attachment, through this on-line form or hand delivered). We will then ensure that the copy of the Register of Members given to the election candidate does not include your name and contact details. *** Please note that if you have requested previously non-inclusion of your name and contact details in the copies of the Register of Members provided to other Members please complete and return this form only if you require changes (e.g., you now prefer to have your name and contact details provided to other Members).
  • Mobile or landline. Include country and area codes.
  • Note

    The Graduate Union cannot and must not impede the democratic process of elections. If you tick the box above, you will still receive additional election campaign material if candidates ask this to be sent. However, this material will be sent from our offices and candidates will not receive your name and contact details from The Graduate Union.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Email receipt of Notices and Publications

You may elect to receive The Graduate Union notices and publications (“documents”) via email. Email communications reduce our costs for the printing of documents and envelopes, postage (nationally, internationally) and human resources. Our carbon footprint is also reduced. *** Please note that if you have registered previously for the receipt of notices and publications via email please complete and return this form only if you require changes (e.g., you now prefer the Melbourne Graduate to be emailed rather than posted).
  • Mobile or landline. Include country and area codes.
  • Please enter a 'back-up' email address (e.g., one that will be relatively constant should you change jobs, address, countries or personal assistants).
  • Terms

    Following receipt of your request The Graduate Union will no longer post paper documents to you as per the preferences above. All future documents will be sent to you through email as files attached to the email or made accessible through links to a page on The Graduate Union website. We ask that you regularly check your nominated email address for documents. You agree that you are deemed to have received the email and attached/linked documents when the email reaches your internet service provider whether or not you have opened or read the email, attachments or links. You agree that you will retain the email and documents yourself electronically or by printing them. You can withdraw your request for email delivery of documents at any time by writing to The Graduate Union via email or post, or by so instructing in person at the offices of The Graduate Union. Your request for email delivery of documents will be cancelled if you, or your authorised agent, request cancellation. Upon withdrawal or cancellation of the email delivery service, The Graduate Union will commence sending paper documents to the last advised mailing address, unless otherwise instructed. You will be able to obtain a paper copy of documents on request. If The Graduate Union receives a bounce-back notification from your email address, paper documents will be sent to your last advised postal address unless otherwise instructed. If two or more consecutive bounce-backs occur The Graduate Union may cancel the request for email delivery of documents. An “out of of¬fice” notification will not be considered a bounce-back notification. If you change your email address please advise The Graduate Union in writing through email or post, or in person at the offices of The Graduate Union.
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Council Governance Standards


Council and its members are required to adhere to the governance standards prescribed under the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012 including regulations made under that Act and by any statutory authority. As such, Council and its members must:
  • working towards the charitable Purposes of the Association as provided in the Rules
  • acting in the best interests of the Association and for its proper Purposes
  • working towards instilling confidence in the public that the Association is working towards its charitable Purposes
  • allowing Members adequate opportunities to raise concerns about how the Association is run
  • causing general meetings of Members to be convened
  • causing information to be made available to Members on the Association’s activities and finances
  • establishing clear processes for appointing Officers of the Association
  • acting lawfully to help protect the work, assets, reputation and the people of the Association
  • not acting on behalf of the Association in a way that, under Commonwealth, state or territory law, could be dealt with as an indictable offence, or a breach of law
  • causing reasonable steps to be taken to be satisfied that each of its Officers is disqualified neither from managing a corporation under the Corporations Act nor from being a responsible person by the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) or by any other statutory authority
  • before appointing a person as an Officer, searching the ASIC Disqualified Persons Register, the Register of Disqualified Persons held by ACNC or any other statutory authority and undertaking further checks to be satisfied that the Officer is suitable to work towards the Purposes
  • before appointing a person as an Officer, requiring the person to sign a declaration relating to disqualifying offences and an agreement to notify the Association immediately if the person becomes disqualified from being a responsible person in the future
  • not appointing a person as an Officer of the Association, if this person is not suitable to work towards the Purposes and taking reasonable steps to remove a person as an Officer of the Association, if this Officer is determined as no longer suitable to work towards the Purposes of the Association
  • acting with reasonable care and diligence
  • acting honestly in the best interests of the charity and for its charitable purposes
  • not misusing their position as an Officer
  • not misusing information they gain in their role as an Officer
  • disclosing conflicts of interest, and acting appropriately in relation to material personal interests
  • ensuring that the financial affairs of the Association are managed responsibly
  • not allowing the Association to operate while it is insolvent
  • bringing these duties to the attention of each Officer of the Association
  • encouraging Officers to attend, prepare for and participate at Council and General Meetings
  • having processes in place to manage conflicts of interest, including provision for an Officer not to vote on matters where the Officer has a conflict of interest
  • taking reasonable action when an Officer is perceived as not carrying out the duties
  • making available to each Officer appropriate training and educational resources on their duties and responsibilities
  • requiring each Officer to sign a copy of this governance standard on election or appointment to Council
  • the values of the organisation and of the membership
  • the ethics of the Association
  • the communication protocols of the Association
Feedback to Council


Please feel free to give us feedback and suggestions for improvements to our governance, organisational structure, management, financial status or any other area of governance that has come to your attention. For more information, see our Governance page.

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