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The Graduate Union is renowned as the pre-eminent Australian membership association of graduates of universities from around the world, living, meeting and learning within a vibrant and active collegium which advances education and its application for the good of society.


Our Graduate House – a residential college and meeting place – and Graduate Union – an association with members across the world – bring together undergraduates and graduates (from first degree through further study, careers, caring roles and retirement) for the socially responsible advancement and application of education.


The principal purpose of the Graduate Union is the advancement of education for the benefit of the community by:

  • providing high quality accommodation in Australia for university students, in order to promote and foster: (a) post-graduate study, research and career development; and (b) learning, collegiality and collaboration between undergraduates and postgraduates for the benefit of the education, research, and not-for-profit sectors in Australia
  • providing meeting facilities and services in Australia for the academic, research and not-for-profit sectors
  • promoting and bringing together graduates through membership, so that educational, professional, cultural and social relations and networks are fostered and maintained, including by way of: (a) hosting networking functions, lectures and events in Australia; (b) hosting and promoting lectures from members and guest lecturers; (c) publication of a newsletter, magazine, blog or any other form of publication to support, develop and promote academic achievement; (d) publication of a newsletter, magazine, blog or any other form of publication to support, develop and promote career development for undergraduates and graduates, and to support, develop and promote business achievements, volunteer work and beneficial work in the community by undergraduates and graduates
  • developing a community that otherwise supports and sustains: (a) academic, career and social experiences; (b) lifelong sharing of knowledge and skills; and (c) educational outcomes for the wider public benefit


Values of our Members

  • collegiality
  • universal friendship
  • lifelong learning
  • social consciousness and responsibility
  • intellectual challenge and contribution
  • intercultural and interdisciplinary experiences

Values of our Association

  • responsibility, accountability
  • stewardship
  • contribution, performance
  • professionalism, integrity
  • transparency and ethics
  • welcome, encouragement
  • support, inclusion
  • respect for differences
  • integration with diversity
  • focus on strengths

Rules and Regulations

The Graduate Union of The University of Melbourne Incorporated (The Graduate Union) is an incorporated Association under the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012.

The Rules of The Graduate Union are a written document that guides how our Association works and are a contract between the Association and our Members. This document sets out our purposes as a charity and not-for-profit organisation and outlines the rights and responsibilities of Members and office holders.

To download a copy of our Rules, click here.

As provided by rule 45.3 (b) of the Rules of the Association, the Regulations of The Graduate Union are established by Council for the governance and management of the Association and, if applicable, in accordance with any regulatory authority standards, as determined by Council.

To download a copy of our Regulations, click here.


Strategic Plan

A.  Innovative Influential Membership
Key Result Areas
  • Graduate House is the place and Graduate Union the network in which graduates want and need to be.
  • Members and their network groups connect readily to satellite groups of influence and innovation around the world.
  • The Association is renowned globally for delivery of activities that advance education for the benefit of the community.
  • Generations from the same families are Members.
Strategies for each KRA
  • Continue reviews and needs analyses across identified member segments and the implementation of recommendations.
  • Capitalise on the multinational resident and non-resident membership to develop collectively collegiate programs for local and international good.
  • Make visible networks of influence for graduates to access for their benefit and for the benefit of others.
  • Develop and provide academic, career and social experiences [rule 2.2(d)i].
  • Implement programs that support lifelong sharing of knowledge and skills [rule 2.2(d)ii] with graduates as both mentees, trainees and mentors/trainers.
  • Design and deliver educational outcomes that are for the wider public benefit [rule 2.2(d)iii] acting as facilitators and enablers for self and community development through multi-disciplined teams.
  • Identify and gain the narratives from families which have (had) more than one generation of membership.
  • Foster generational membership, providing offers to encourage younger generations of one family.
B. Culture of Giving
Key Result Areas
  • Members are driving advancement and the engagement of influential networks with the Association.
  • Major funds have been secured from bequests, donations and other endowment sources.
  • Major projects for Buildings, Facilities (G-House) and the Membership (G-Union) are defined for targeted advancement funding and campaigns.
  • The crowdfunding site is a platform for academic, economic and social good, research, development and sustainability for People, Programs and Places.
Strategies for each KRA
  • Members recruit lead donors and host major and influential network functions at Graduate House and on-line each year.
  • Build operational capacity and budget to cultivate giving programs.
  • Manage bequest and donation reserves prudently for growth, with transparency and accountability (e.g., specific purpose reserves of the Diamond Jubilee Capital Campaign, for endowments and for each annual appeal).
  • Continue construction of the G-House and G-Union Master Plans with ‘ready-to-go’ portfolios.
  • Launch, market and administer the Fund Life Long Learning crowd funding site.
C. Planned and Achieved Major Projects
Key Result Areas
  • A Blueprint for the way forward envisages how Graduate House and The Graduate Union will be vibrant, thriving, relevant and exciting in 50 years’ time.
  • Facilities at Graduate House are at least doubled and meet market demand and expectations.
  • Additional facilities that are Graduate House ‘wings’ and other Graduate Houses are acquired.
  • Plans and policies are innovative, developed with timeliness and implemented to give measurable benefits to the Association.
Strategies for each KRA
  • Analyse segmented graduate markets to inform forecasts for the three-year Strategic Plan, the ten-year Master Plan and the fifty-year Blueprint for the Way Forward.
  • Develop and test ‘value propositions’ for each segment of the graduate market, implementing those which fit the Association’s purposes, have sound business cases and do not put the organisation at risk
  • Determine development requirements and specifications, as well as funding/partnership models, and implement.
  • Reproduce and expand upon the successful Graduate House model by way of offsite acquisitions as well as onsite developments.
  • Develop and use policies and processes to subject major initiatives to robust analysis.
D. Well-Managed Finances and Mitigated Risks
Key Result Areas
  • Sound financial controls, risk mitigation and management and unqualified audit reports.
  • Debt reduction
  • Financial performance that enables both operations and development.
Strategies for each KRA
  • Continue with transparent and accountable financial controls and policy development and reviews.
  • Continue bricked loan arrangement and a staged amortisation schedule.
  • Manage a budget that allows for current operations, capital expenditure and development initiatives to meet current and future graduate markets.
E. Effective Responsive Stewardship
Key Result Areas
  • Sound and productive relationships with other groups working towards education and social good – locally and globally.
  • Groups that convene at Graduate House seek involvement with other Member segments.
  • Council is renowned globally for ethical and sound leadership and governance.
  • Diversity of representation of all segments of the membership on Council and its subcommittees.
  • Currency and relevancy in the purposes, rules, regulations and operations of the organisation.
Strategies for each KRA
  • Identify, develop and implement a communication and engagement strategy with key local, national and international stakeholders.
  • Identify and form alliances with like-minded organisations to provide mutual services to Members of both organisations.
  • Serve the global membership, adhering to the Association’s purposes and to Council’s Code of Conduct.
  • Report to Members the results of Council performance reviews and quality control measures
  • Appoint Council Members with skills, experience and demonstrable outcomes in strategic planning, innovation and the implementation of feasible value propositions.
  • Recruit to Council and its subcommittees Members from different cultures, discipline, sexes and life stages.
  • Provide governance and leadership training opportunities for Members.
  • Apply continuous quality controls to ensure the Association meets the needs of Members.

Council and subcommittees

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


Our Council


The Hon Diana Bryant AO QC


Cr Vincent Mirabelli
Chairperson of Council
Chairperson of Remuneration subcommittee


Cr Keith Ryall
Vice-Chairperson of Council
Chairperson of Membership and Marketing subcommittee


Cr Mary R Kelleher
Chairperson of Buildings and Facilities subcommittee

Cr Muan Lim
Chairperson of Finance and Audit subcommittee

Cr Molina Asthana
Chairperson of Governance and Nominations subcommittee

Martin Comte

Cr Martin Comte OAM
Chairperson of Fundraising and Benefactions subcommittee

Cr Sarah Banks
Vice-Chancellor of The University of Melbourne representative

Cr Natalie Gray

Cr Natalie Gray

Cr Vincent Morfuni

Cr Kylie O’Connell
Vice-Chancellor of The University of Melbourne representative

Cr Max Stephens

Cr Jane Tisdall

Our subcommittees

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.

Cr Mary Kelleher

Cr Natalie Gray
Cr Max Stephens

Mr Robert Heaton
Mr Michael Lynch
Mrs Fiona Nolan

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.

Cr Hong Muan Lim

Mr Leo Santalucia
Mr Rhys Watson

Dr Phillip Cobbin
Cr Vincent Mirabelli
Mr David Pitt
Mr Nicholas Quinn
Cr Keith Ryall
Cr Jane Tisdall

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.

Cr Martin Comte

Ms Nanette Gibson
Ms Shelley Jones

Mr Fausto Marasco
Cr Vincent Mirabelli
Mr Wal Reid
Mr Rhys Watson

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.

Cr Molina Asthana

Cr Kylie O’Connell
Cr Vincent Mirabelli

Dr Phillip Cobbin
Cr Vincent Morfuni

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.

Cr Keith Ryall

Cr Sarah Banks
Ms Rosie Maddick

Cr Molina Asthana
Cr Martin Comte OAM
Ms Jan Hocking
Cr Mary Kelleher

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.

Cr Vincent Mirabelli
Cr Keith Ryall

Cr Molina Asthana
Cr Mary Kelleher
Cr Hong Muan Lim


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 is released early each year, along with January/February newsletter and is on the Association’s website.

If there are more valid nominations than positions to be filled (usually three each year) a poll is held, with voting closing in the last week of May and the results announced at the Association’s annual General Meeting on the last Thursday of May.

Please see previous sections on this page for the composition of Council, and the Rules and Regulations relating to elections.


Schedule for the 2022 Elections to Council

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

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

Council Governance Standards

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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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Major Historical Milestones

The Graduate Union boasts a rich history spanning over 100 years. Below are some of our major milestones, esteemed Members and fond memories.


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Presidents of The Graduate Union

2019 –

The Hon Diana Bryant AO QC

An Australian Jurist, The Hon Diana Bryant was Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia from 2004 to 2017. Previously, she was the inaugural Chief Federal Magistrate of the Federal Magistrates Court of Australia (now the Federal Court of Australia). Justice Bryant chairs a working group for the Hague Permanent Bureau in relation to Article 13(b) of the Child Abduction Convention. From 1977 to 1990, she was a partner with the firm of Phillips Fox in Perth where she practiced as a solicitor and counsel specialising in family law. She was a Director of Australian Airlines from 1984 to 1989. In 2012, Her Hon was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for “distinguished service to the judiciary and to the law, particularly to family law policy reform and practice, through the establishment of the Federal Magistrates Court, and to the advancement of women in the legal profession”. She was inducted into the Western Australian Women’s Hall of Fame in 2018 in recognition of her involvement in establishing and supporting Women Lawyers of Western Australia and as a Patron of Australian Women Lawyers since 2009. Bryant holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from The University of Melbourne and a Master of Laws degree from Monash University.

2015 – 2019

Dr Ken V Loughnan AO

Dr Loughnan AO is Chairman of the Biosciences Research Centre (Agribio) and International President of Variety The Children’s Charity. Previously, he had been Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Telecom Australia’s international businesses for 10 years, operating in 52 countries; Chairman of the Skilled Group; and Chairman of the Bureau of Emergency Services in Victoria for almost 20 years. Dr Loughnan served on the Council of Victoria University from 2003 to 2011 and was Chair of the Victoria University Foundation from 2005 to 2011. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), of the Australian Institute of Management and of CPA Australia. Ken was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) in 1994 “for outstanding service to international business and the development of global telecommunications”. He was awarded an honorary doctorate (Honoris Causa) by Victoria University in 2014.

2012 – 2015

Major General Professor Jeffrey V Rosenfeld AC, OBE, KStJ

Head, Department of Surgery at Monash University. Director, Department of Neurosurgery, Alfred Hospital. Clinician and prominent researcher with focus on neurotrauma. Major General, Australian Defence Force. Former Surgeon General, Defence Force Reserves. Member of the Order of Australia (2011) and Companion of the Order of Australia (2018). Officer of the Most Excellent Order of The British Empire for services in neurosurgery and to the University of PNG School of Medicine (2013).

2005 – 2011

The Hon John Cain

Former Victorian Premier and Professorial Associate in The University of Melbourne’s Department of Political Science and Centre for Public Policy. Director of the MCG Trust and a member of the Patrons Council of the Epilepsy Foundation of Victoria.

1999 – 2005

Mr Frank A Lees AM OBE

Mechanical engineer, awarded an Order of Australia and Membership of the Order of the British Empire, who served with the RAAF during World War II, including time in the Japanese occupation force. He has published his own book of haiku, Haiku Four Seasons.

1996 – 1999

The Hon Justice David L Harper AM

Barrister with a distinguished career at the Victorian Bar (1980-1991) and as Queen’s Counsel in Victoria and in New South Wales, who was appointed to the supreme court and is currently Chair, International Humanitarian Law Advisory Committee of the Red Cross (Victorian branch).

1995 – 1996

Dr Ralph W Howard

Politician, medical practitioner and business executive who had held medical directorships in major pharmaceutical and other industry companies; and university council positions. Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.

1989 – 1995

Professor Emeritus Kenneth Hunt

World War II veteran and Professor of Engineering and Mechanics who was an instructor at Army College in the Citizen Military forces and Foundation Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at Monash University (1961-1975).

1986 – 1989

Dr Robin L Sharwood AM

Professor of Law, Warden of Trinity College, and canon law reformist with key leadership of the Victorian Law Foundation, discrimination in employment and occupation (1976-1977), Victoria’s criminal justice system (1979-1982) and the Anglican Church of Australia.

1983 – 1986

The Hon Sir John P Minogue

Criminal law barrister and World War I veteran who became Queen’s Counsel in 1957, a member of the Victorian Bar Council (1958-1962), Judge of the Supreme Court of Papua New Guinea, and Chief Justice (1970-1974) and the Victorian Law Reform Commissioner (1977-1982).

1980 – 1983

Rev Dr J Davis McCaughey AC

A bible scholar, church and university administrator who was Governor of Victoria from 1986–1992, Master of Ormond College at The University of Melbourne and inaugural President of the Uniting Church in Australia.

1977 – 1980

Mr Maurice Brown

Administrative staff college head, public service commissioner and university registrar, with key contributions to the Australian Universities’ Commission’s Committee on the Open University, Victoria’s child care system and the Victorian Public Service Board.

1971 – 1977

Dr Phillip G Law

Known as ‘Mr Antarctica’, the leader of Australia’s Antarctic exploration for nearly twenty years, establishing a permanent presence in Antarctica; mapping the Australian Antarctic coastline and focusing on scientific research.

1965 – 1971

Sir James B. Tait

Barrister, company director and 34 years with Equity Trustees (the last 12 as Chairman). Longstanding member of the Victorian Bar Council and chairman of Barristers Chambers.

1961 – 1965

Sir Alexander Fitzgerald

Accountant, educator and local government councillor who contributed to economic reform for Victoria’s water supply, railways, electricity and farming; and for federal and state governments.

1958 – 1961

Sir William W.S. Johnston

Medical practitioner who served in World Wars I and II and as a significant leader in the St. John’s Ambulance, the Australian Red Cross Society, the Melbourne Medical Postgraduate Committee and the Royal Australian College of Physicians.

1957 – 1958

The Hon Sir John S Latham CMG GCMG

Politician and jurist. Retired on appointment as 5th Chief Justice High Court of Australia. In 1925 became Federal Attorney General; and in 1932 was the Australian representative at the Geneva Disarmament Conference.


The Patrons of our Association are appointed by Council in recognition of high standing in the community and for their demonstrated support and promotion of the objectives of the Association (see rule 9 of the Rules of the Association).

We are proud and honoured to announce the appointment in 2017 of our Inaugural Patrons, Ms Heather Kudeviita and Mr Neil Taylor, the profiles for whom are shown below.

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Honorary College Fellows

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