Australian National University Union

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ANU Union Inc.
ANU Union logo.png
Motto live uni life
Institution Australian National University
Location ANU Union, Australian National University, Canberra ACT 0200
Established 1965
Members c. 14000
Affiliations Australasian Campus Union Managers' Association

The Australian National University Union Inc. is the university union of the Australian National University. This is not to be confused with the Australian National University Student Association.


The ANU Union Inc. is an incorporated non-profit association established in 1965 to be run for the benefit of students and staff at the Australian National University. Membership of ANU Union comes from the student population and all ANU staff and graduates are entitled to become members.[1]

The objects of the Union are:
(a) to provide a recognised meeting place and social centre for its members;
(b) to promote the intellectual, social and general welfare of the University community; and

(c) actively to encourage and support all ANU clubs and societies which include members of the Union.[2]

Union Business Operations[edit]

The ANU Union's catering and retail operations are managed by its General Manager Rod Thomas. Union run businesses include:[1]

  • The ANU Bar
  • Subway
  • Pajenka's
  • Caterina's
  • Rosie's
  • Mee's Sushi (formerly Cucina De Pasta)
  • Organix
  • The Union Shop (newsagency, supermarket and Post-Office)
  • Union Functions
  • Academic Dress Hire

The ANU Union also runs the Resources Centre.

Board of Directors[edit]

The Union Board is the governing body of the ANU Union [3]

Current Board of Directors[edit]

  • Mr Jack Gracie (Chair), Elected 2012
  • Mr Michael Hiscox, (Deputy Chair), Elected 2011
  • Ms Olivia Kelly, Elected 2012
  • Ms Aizaz Syed, Elected 2012
  • Ms Nina Miller, Elected 2012
  • Mr Adam DaCruz, Elected 2011
  • Mr Thomas Brazier, Elected 2012
  • Mr Peter Shipp, Appointed
  • Mr Steve O'Connor, Appointed

Past Chairs and Deputy Chairs of the Union Board[edit]

  • 1964/1965: Chair: Mr Eric Thorn
  • 1965/1966: Chair: Mr Eric Thorn
  • 1966/1967: Chair: Mr A.G. Hartnell
  • 1967/1968: Chair: Mr C.L. Lamb
  • 1968/1969: Chair: Mr D.H. Solomon
  • 1969/1970: Chair: Mr R. Ahuja, Deputy Chair Mr R. Refshauge
  • 1970/1971: Chair: Mr R. Ahuja, Deputy Chair Mr R. Refshauge
  • 1971/1972: Chair: Mr R. Ahuja, Deputy Chair Mr R. Refshauge
  • 1972/1973: Chair: Mr P. Power, Deputy Chair Mr R. Refshauge
  • 1973/1974: Chair: Mr C. Macphillamy, Deputy Chair Mr R. Refshauge
  • 1974/1975: Chair: Mr A. Murray-Jones, Deputy Chair, Mr C. Macphillamy
  • 1975/1976: Chair: Mr A. Murray-Jones, Deputy Chair, Mr L. Miller
  • 1976/1977: Chair: Mr R. McKinnon, Deputy Chair, Mr R. Arden
  • 1977/1978: Chair: Mr Peter Hackett, Deputy Chair, Mr Lachlan McGregor
  • 1978/1979: Chair: Mr G. Gherashe, Deputy Chair, Mr P. Robillard
  • 1979/1980: Chair: Mr I. Nolan, Deputy Chair, Mr P. Robillard
  • 1980/1981: Chair: Mr M. Jackson, Deputy Chair, Mr. A Keogh
  • 1981/1982: Chair: Ms K. Edwards, Deputy Chair, Mr C. Munn
  • 1982/1983: Chair: Mr Mattew Storey, Deputy Chair, Mr Rob Leacock
  • 1983/1984: Chair: Mr Marcus Kelson, Deputy Chair: Ms S. Skyring
  • 1984/1985: Chair: Ms K. James, Deputy Chair: Ms S. Carcary
  • 1985/1986: Chair: Mr B. Hunter, Deputy Chair: Mr T. Ng
  • 1986/1987: Chair: Mr Bob Wheeldon, Deputy Chair: Mr Peter Phelps
  • 1987/1988: Chair: Mr Peter Phelps, Deputy Chair: Mr Stephen Christie
  • 1988/1989: Chair: Mr Peter Johnson, Deputy Chair: Mr Mark Phelps
  • 1989/1990: Chair: Mr Mark Phelps, Deputy Chair: Mr George Tremopoulos
  • 1990/1991: Chair Mr George Tremopoulos, Deputy Chair, Mr David Tonuri
  • 1991/1992: Chair: Mr David Tonuri, Deputy Chair, Mr Kevin Pringle
  • 1992/1993: Chair: Ms Amanda Fajak, Deputy Chair, Mr Malcolm Baalman
  • 1993/1994: Chair: Mr Cameron Bray, Deputy Chair, Ms Michelle Oates
  • 1994/1995: Chair: Ms Michelle Oates, Deputy Chair, Mr Michael Zorbas
  • 1995/1996: Chair: Mr Michael Zorbas, Deputy Chair Mr Andrew Greinke
  • 1996/1997: Chair: Mr Andrew Greinke, Deputy Chair: Mr William Mackerras
  • 1997/1998: Chair: Mr Craig Simonetto, Deputy Chair: Ms Fay Liu
  • 1998/1999: Chair: Ms Mellissa McEwen (resigned, replaced by Mr Jason Wood), Deputy Chair: Ms Briony Van Akker
  • 1999/2000: Chair: Mr Jason Wood, Deputy Chair: Mr James Potter
  • 2000/2001: Chair: Mr Bernard Philbrick, Deputy Chair: Mr Daniel Casey
  • 2001/2002: Chair: Mr Llewellyn Reynders, Deputy Chair: Mr Simon Barber
  • 2002/2003: Chair: Ms Erika Belmar, Deputy Chair: Mr Joseph Crichton
  • 2003/2004: Chair: Mr Nicholas Oettinger, Deputy Chair: Ms Anila Shaikh
  • 2004/2005: Chair: Mr Peter Graham, Deputy Chair Mr David Skyes
  • 2005/2006: Chair: Mr David Sykes, Deputy Chair: Mr Tim Slattery
  • 2006/2007: Chair: Mr Shobaz Kandola, Deputy Chair, Mr Josh Gordon-Carr
  • 2007/2008: Chair: Mr Chris Steel, Deputy Chair: Ms Emma Smith
  • 2008/2009: Chair: Mr Byron Fay, Deputy Chair Mr Hamish Leslie
  • 2009/2010: Chair: Mr Nicky Vreugdenhil, Deputy Chair Ms Jessica Hinchy
  • 2010/2011: Chair: Mr Ben Duggan, Deputy Chair: Ms Vrinda Tiwari
  • 2011/2012: Chair: Mr Michael Hiscox, Deputy Chair: Mr Samuel Stapelton
  • 2012/2013: Chair: Mr Xinyu Ru, Deputy Chair: Mr Jack Gracie
  • 2013/2014: Chair: Mr Jack Gracie, Deputy Chair: Mr Michael Hiscox
  • 2014/2015: Chair: Mr Joshua Orchard, Deputy Chair: Miss Megan Lane
  • 2015/2016: Chair: Miss Megan Lane, Deputy Chair: Mr Josh Bolitho

This information comes from the Union Archives, held at the ANU Union Office.

Former Members of the Board[edit]

Prominent former members of the ANU Union's Board of Directors include:

Policy issues[edit]

Acton Supermarket closure[edit]

In October 2007 the Board of Directors made a decision not to renew the license of the Acton Supermarket owned by Pijpers Holdings Pty Ltd. Board Chair Chris Steel claimed the decision was made on the basis of the continued viability of the Union's business operations which had suffered as a result of the Federal Government's Higher Education (Abolition of Upfront Student Union Fees) Amendment Act 2005 that had cut the Union's revenue by around $213 000 per annum. Under an alternative business model it was proposed that the ANU Union would incorporate a supermarket into its own retail operations.[4]

The closure resulted in a Facebook group called 'Keep the ANU Supermarket' with over 1000 members.[5] A petition with over 1500 signatures was also raised by the supermarket owners and made to ANU Vice-Chancellor Ian Chubb. The protesters claimed that the ANU Union would sell stock at higher prices than the independently run Acton Supermarket.[4]

In May 2008 a new licensee of the Union opened a 3 store in the previous location of the Acton Supermarket and the ANU Union refurbished part of its own Union Shop to accommodate a new supermarket.


  1. ^ a b [1]
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  3. ^ [2]
  4. ^ a b Emma MacDonald, 'ANU students protest against closure of campus supermarket', The Canberra Times (Wed 24 Oct 2007) p.5
  5. ^ [3]

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