Student Union and Associations
La Trobe Student Association (LTSA)
Located on all six La Trobe University campuses, La Trobe Student Association (LTSA) provide Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF) funded support services to La Trobe Students on all campuses.
Website: La Trobe Student Association Website
What does the LTSA do?
LTSA’s advocates support students’ university wide with any issues they may have with the university for example; misconduct allegations, attending hearings, accommodation concerns, remission of debt, special consideration, review and re-mark of assessment, placement issues, general admin and more.
They can also assist with non-university related problems as well like making referrals, liaising with people on your behalf and helping you access information. This service is confidential and independent of the university. The average wait time for advocacy services is 2 days maximum. Where possible, the LTSA see students on the same day.
Provide Food Relief
LTSA has food relief available to every La Trobe student. Options vary depending on the organisations the LTSA are working with on each campus. For metro students, the LTSA is affiliated with Two Birds, One Scone. A registered charity set up by a La Trobe University student dedicated to providing food relief to those who need it. The LTSA have similar relationships with FoodShare, Sunraysia Mallee Ethnic Communities Council Inc (SMECC), New Life Christian Church (NLCC) and Community Food Relief Services.
Provide a Legal Service
The LTSA Legal Service, through its partnership with West Heidelberg Community Legal, offers students free legal support from professional lawyers. Issues that the LTSA Legal Service can help with include tenancy problems, dealing with fines, employment, Centrelink disputes, safety and crime, insurance disputes etc. This service is run in conjunction with Banyule Community Health and, like all LTSA services, is provided in a confidential and judgement free environment.
Provide Financial Counselling
The LTSA Financial Counselling Service provides support for students with their financial concerns. The LTSA's professional Financial Counsellor can assist with a wide range of issues including budgeting, debt/loan negotiations, rental concerns and Centrelink problems. The wait time for this service is usually only one day. This service is run by fully qualified Financial Counsellors.
Support LTSA Student Councils
LTSA is governed by an elected student Governing Board of Directors. All of LTSA's Student Council representatives attend an induction retreat where they receive governance training. The LTSA provide Student Council representatives with ongoing support, guidance and mentorship.
Run a Clubs and Societies Program
With Clubs and Societies across all campuses, there really is something for everyone. Some clubs are course-based, others have absolutely nothing to do with uni at all, but all of them are run by passionate students who want to connect with like-minded peers. Clubs are supported by a dedicated team who administer funding, assist with planning your events, as well as providing a number of training opportunities throughout the year.
Support Student Theatre and Film
LTSA is proud to support Student Theatre & Film. LTSA has continued to support the STF program, increasing funding and staffing in mid-2021 to build on the success and reach of the program.
Support International Students
LTSA welcomes all international students studying on-shore and off-shore. Whether you form part of La Trobe's metro, regional or online campus communities, LTSA is here for you. The LTSA value highly the contributions that La Trobe's amazing, diverse and culturally rich international students bring to the life and fabric of the LTSA, and we understand the unique challenges and opportunities international students face. LTSA has a member of their team dedicated to creating, fostering and enhancing international student experience, as well as offering a range of services and support to make your time at La Trobe successful, enjoyable and inclusive.
The LTSA is committed to providing a wide range of events to suit every student. The majority of events have been online due to COVID, however the LTSA are looking forward to running face to face events when they are able. The LTSA regularly run online yoga and meditation as part of theirwell-being offering. The LTSA offer trivia nights, parties, day trips and celebrate calendar events like Pride Week and NAIDOC Week.
La Trobe Student Union (LTSU)
The La Trobe University Student Union (LTSU) is a representative body for La Trobe University students at the Bundoora and City campuses. Student Representation at La Trobe University is as old as the Uni itself with the first Student Representative Council (SRC) being established in July 1967 and the more encompassing Student Union in 1971.
Website: La Trobe Student Union Website