Elections

Part 5 of the La Trobe University Act 2009, the University’s Council (Elections) Statute 2016 and Council (Elections) Regulations 2016 require that elections be held to fill the Council and Board positions, as prescribed:

  • One member to be elected by and from the staff of the University for a term of three (3) years
  • One member to be elected by and from the students of the University for a term of one (1) year

Elections are held in September/October.

Student election to Council - Vacancy 2022

At the time set down for the close of nominations (12pm 4 October 2021) for one (1) elected student member vacancy 2022 position on the University Council, multiple nominations were received.

In accordance with the provisions of the Council Elections Statute 2016, an electronic ballot will be conducted.

Candidate profiles will be available on this page, in the afternoon of Friday 8 October 2021.

The election will be held from 9.00am Monday 11 October 2021 until 12.00pm Monday 18 October 2021.

All students eligible to vote in the election will be sent an individual voting email from an independent third-party vendor BigPulse, on Monday 11 October 2021.

Election results will be published as soon as reasonably practicable after the close of the election.

Current elected representatives

The current Student position on the La Trobe University Council is held by:

  • Ms Olivia (Rulan) Gao, a Health Sciences in Dentistry/Master of Dentistry is the student representative for a term of 1 year commencing 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2021.

The current Staff position on the La Trobe University Council is held by:

  • Dr Miriam Bankovsky, a Senior Lecturer & Director of Politics, Philosophy and Economics. Dr Bankovsky's is the staff representative for a term of 3 years commencing 13 September 2019 to 12 September 2022.

Council

The Council is the governing body of the University with responsibility for the general direction and superintendence of the University and may exercise all the powers, functions and duties of the University, subject to the Act, the University Statutes and University Regulations.

In broad terms, Council appoints and monitors the performance of the Vice-Chancellor, approves the mission, direction and strategic plan of the University and oversees the management and performance of the University. The responsibilities, powers and functions of Council are set out in sections 8 and 9 of the Act.

Council comprises ex-officio members, government and council appointed members, and elected members.

All Council members must act in the interest of the whole University and in accordance with the requirements of the Council members rights and responsibilities document.

Staff and students considering nominating in the future for these positions are requested to read the following information:

Staff Position

Before applying please complete the following (note Firefox users PDF files download to your ‘Downloads’ folder):

Student Position

Before applying please complete the following (note Firefox users PDF files download to your ‘Downloads’ folder):

Under the Regulations set out in section 31 – Prohibition on external campaign support, a candidate in an election must not use the money or any in-kind support of any other person or any organisation or other entity to support in any way the candidate’s election campaign.

For further information email the Council elections team.