2020 SRC Elections

Elections Handbook

2020  STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE COUNCIL Elections

Nominations OPEN on Monday 27 July 2020

This notice should be read in conjunction with the Arc Constitution and Regulations.

Nominations CLOSE at 4:00pm on Monday 10 August 2020

POSITIONS TO BE ELECTED

OFFICERS:

· President of the SRC;

· General Secretary;

· Education Officer;

· Welfare Officer;

· Women’s Officer (only woman-identifying students may stand and vote for this position);

· Environment Officer;

· International Students’ Officer (only international students may stand and vote for this position);

· Students with Disabilities Officer (only students with a disability may stand and vote for this position – relevant documents must be provided – see Arc Regulations 9.4(a)(v));

· Ethno-cultural Officer (only students from a culturally and linguistically diverse background may stand for this position).

Sharing of positions

· Students with Disabilities OfficerOnly the Students with Disabilities Officer may be shared.

Where a position is to be shared, further details will be required on the nomination form.

COUNCILLORS:

· 6 undergraduate representatives from Electorate A (at least 2 of whom must be women);

· 6 undergraduate representatives from Electorate B (at least 2 of whom must be women).

(Only undergraduate students for the relevant electorate may stand and vote for these positions).

ELECTORATES

Controlling faculty

Where enrolled in courses from both Electorates, a student is assigned to the Electorate containing their Controlling Faculty.

Electorate A

Electorate A is comprised of students from the faculties of society and culture; education; creative arts; law; management and commerce (including UNSW Australian School of Business; and UNSW Art & Design).

Electorate B

Electorate B is comprised of students from the faculties of the engineering and related technologies; architecture and building; information technology; natural and physical sciences; health; and agriculture.

TERM OF OFFICE

Officers and Councillors hold office from 1st December in the year of election until 30th November of the following year. Officers and Councillors may only hold any one office for a maximum of 2 years.

OTHER POSITIONS

· 7 NUS Delegates.

NOMINATIONS

Nomination forms will be available here.

Forms must not be submitted until nominations are open.    

Nominations must be submitted prior to the close of nominations to be valid.

They may be lodged electronically, using the above link.

Candidates may attach with their nomination form a recent photograph (JPEG format), their student ID card and a statement of not more than 150 words containing information relating to the candidate that they wish to supply. The Returning Officer may edit such statements and crop photos if deemed necessary.

Only students who are members of Arc as at the close of nominations are eligible to stand as a candidate.

Candidates can self-nominate. No nominators are required.

All UNSW students (including UNSW Art & Design students at the Paddington campus) are eligible to nominate and vote.

Foundation Studies students are Associate members of Arc and not eligible to nominate, vote or campaign in Arc elections.

A person can only be elected to 1 position on the SRC, but may nominate for multiple positions. Where applicable, the candidate must email the Returning Officer stating their order of preference for the positions, if they were to be successful in more than 1 position. This preference may be considered pursuant to Regulation 11.23.

If less than or the exact number of candidates required for a position are received, those candidates will be elected unopposed. Where less than the required number of nominations are received for any position, nominations will be re-opened for that position on Monday 21st September for a week.

ELECTORAL TICKETS (Groups)

A group of candidates may register as a ticket (see 11.18 of the Arc Regulations). Forms are available for download here.

Ticket registration forms must be lodged by the following day after nominations close, to allow candidates time to communicate and form tickets i.e. by 4:00pm Tuesday 11 August 2020. At this stage, tickets only require 2 members who have been accepted as candidates.

The final allocation of the ticket, detailing all candidates who belong to that ticket and their order of seniority for positions, must be lodged by the following day i.e. 4:00pm Wednesday 12 August 2020.

VOTING

ELECTIONS WILL BE HELD IN WEEK 6 (Monday, 19 October to Thursday, 22nd October 2020).

CAMPAIGNING

Only UNSW students may campaign for the Arc SRC election (Foundation students may not campaign). All campaign material must bear the name and student number of a candidate or ticket contact person who is authorising and taking responsibility of such material.

Candidates and ticket organisers should ensure they understand the full campaigning rules, as breaches can lead to the disqualification of individuals or tickets. Further information can be found in the Arc @ UNSW Constitution and Regulations.

MORE INFORMATION

Please direct all queries to Philip Binns (the SRC Returning Officer) via email to returning.officer@ozemail.com.au or phone 0432 218 026.

*Note: All elected candidates will be required to attend the SRC Induction on Thursday 12th November 2019 (9:00am – 4pm). Please ensure you are available to attend.

SRC & PGC Returning Officer, Philip Binns

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