National Union of Students (Australia)

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National Union of Students
National Union of Students Logo.png
AbbreviationNUS
Formation1987
Headquarters16 Baillie Street North Melbourne, Victoria 3051
Membership17 Affiliated University Student Unions
National PresidentDesiree Cai (NLS)
Websitehttp://www.nus.asn.au
National Office Bearers
General SecretaryMichael Iroeche (Unity)
EducationLachlan Barker (NLS)
WelfareAdriana Malavisi (Unity)
WomensSarah Tynan (NLS)
QueerTess Dimos (SAlt)
QueerSteven Blacker (NLS)
Ethno-CulturalHersha Kadkol (SAlt)
First NationsAlfred Lowe (Unity)
DisabilitiesWill Edwards (NLS)
Small and RegionalJordan Mumford (Unity)
InternationalAlex Wang (Unity)
State Presidents
NSWAlexi Cassis (Unity)
SAAli Amin (Unity)
VICSamuel Roberts (Unity)
WAChristopher Hall (NI)

The National Union of Students (NUS) is the peak representative body for Australian university students. As of 2017, there are 18 student unions in Australian campuses affiliated to NUS. A university is eligible by its classification as a legitimate training provider and the payment of Union fees by the university according to the number of full-time study units of its students.

History

NUS in its current form came into being in 1987 after the collapse of its predecessor, the Australian Union of Students (AUS), in 1984. The AUS was first known from 1937 to 1971 as the National Union of Australian University Students (NUAUS), before allowing membership of colleges of higher education in 1971, which necessitated a name change.[1]

NUS was formed at the same time that the Hawke government introduced the Higher Education Contribution Scheme (a system of deferred tuition payments), abolishing the free education system previously introduced by the Whitlam government.

NUS has had mixed success in its role as a lobby group and representative body.[citation needed] In particular, its limited finances have often meant that it has had difficulty making its presence felt on higher education issues.[citation needed] It was successful in the early 1990s in preventing the implementation of a deferred loan scheme in place of government student financial assistance, and in reducing the qualification age for student financial assistance.[citation needed]

NUS was unable to prevent the introduction of differential rates of HECS in 1996, but did lobby successfully to stop the introduction of a voucher system by then Federal Education Minister Dr. David Kemp despite later claiming victory in a similar campaign.[citation needed]

The union suffered another major setback in 2003 when despite intense lobbying of independent senators, the reform package of Dr. Brendan Nelson passed the Senate.[citation needed] This package permitted the introduction of Domestic Undergraduate Up-Front Fees (DUFF) by universities in addition to HECS places, and allowed universities to increase their HECS rates by 25%. Components of the legislation introducing VSU, and the mandatory offering of the Australian Workplace Agreement as a component of universities’ enterprise bargaining practices were dropped.

In 2003, NUS membership fees became indexed to consumer price index (CPI) removing some of the strain on the union’s finances. NUS charged $5 per student represented by each member organisation. This raised small fears that many small and regional campus organisations might disaffiliate due to increases in affiliation fees.

In 2006, NUS took a massive budget hit with the introduction of VSU.

In 2016, Australian National University Students' Association voted against accrediting with NUS, citing problems with the conduct of factional delegates at the National Conference.[2] The Adelaide University Union (AUU) voted to cease their SRC from authorising payments of Accreditation to NUS in their March Meeting.[3] The AUU's SRC later condemned the move and restated its affiliation, and intention to pay accreditation fees autonomously.[4]

In 2017, the Australian National University Students' Association voted to accredit with NUS once again.[5] Also in 2017, the Tasmanian University Union voted to end its affiliation with the NUS.

Delegates and factions

The operations of NUS are dominated by several organised factions, some with close ties to the youth wings of Australian political parties. In 2017, factions operating within NUS include:[6][7][8]

  • Student Unity (Unity), the Labor right faction. The faction controlled approximately 45% of elected delegates at the 2017 National Conference. Members of the faction must be members of the Australian Labor Party.[citation needed]
  • National Labor Students (NLS), the Labor left faction. The second largest faction, the NLS controlled around 17% of the delegates at the 2017 National Conference. Members of the faction cannot vote as individuals and are bound to vote as the faction demands. The NLS are also constitutionally bound not to vote for, support, or negotiate with the Liberal faction.
  • The Grassroots Independents (GI, Grindies) are a culmination of the former factions of the National Independents (NI, Indies) and Grassroots Left (GL, Groots). The National Independents and Grassroots Left factions merged to form the ‘Grassroots Independents’ ahead of the 2018 National Conference, with the merger motivated by belief that the merger would increase the efficacy of their activism, with both factions sharing similar politics and goals for the NUS, with hopes of making the union accountable, and progressive, and prioritising transparency and grassroots activation. This grouping was estimated to have controlled approximately 12% of conference floor at the 2017 National Conference.[9] Both of the former factions still exist on campus levels across Australia but join together at NUS. They have traditionally been the third most prominent faction, consisting of independently aligned, Greens aligned and Labor aligned members. Members are open to free votes, and fill out their own ballots.
  • Socialist Alternative (SAlt, SA, Trots), controlled around 17% of the votes at the 2017 National Conference, SAlt usually obtain 2–3 national office bearers in minor roles including ATSI, Ethno-Cultural, Environment, through negations with NLS.
  • Australian Liberal Students' Federation (ALSF, Liberals, Libs), the Liberal Party of Australia faction. The faction controlled around 5% of the vote at the 2017 National Conference. Despite the faction's histroically small control of the votes, it has been successful in gaining positions for Liberal students including Tasmanian State Branch President Claire Chandler in 2012 and Clark Cooley in 2016 as well as Victorian General Secretary Matthew Lesh in 2014.[10].
  • Small 'i' indies, are a less of a faction and more of a grouping used to refer to a number independents who do not sit with a National Independents.

Financial and structural crisis

A NUS rally to protest funding cuts to higher education

In a report commissioned by the NUS secretariat in 2013, independent auditors TLConsult authored a report which cited NUS' "inflexible factional system" as detrimental to the organisation and leading to “historical accounting approach … out of step with modern financial practices”. Auditors "questioned whether some stakeholders generally understood their responsibilities to NUS", citing alliances by some national officers to factions, rather than NUS, as contributing the structural issues faced by the organisation.[11][12]

The TLConsult audit said that NUS only had enough cash reserves to "sustain the organisation for approximately one year in its current form” and that although voluntary student unionism had resulted in a notable decline in revenue, it was structural problems, “unchanged for nearly two decades”, that were the primary cause of the NUS' current financial problems.[13]

In response to the financial pressures outlined in the audit which cited significant deficits run by NUS over the previous few years, and following outgoing NUS President Deanna Taylor's admission that they “the advice given to NUS is that were our income and expenditure levels to remain status quo, NUS would not exist beyond the next few years”, delegates to the 2014 conference voted in favor of a financial and structural review, and to eliminate the stipend for the positions of National Indigenous, International Students and Disability Officer. However, an attempt to eliminate state officer bearer positions (presidents excepted) was not passed by conference delegates.[14]

National Conference

By its constitution, NUS must hold National Conference, its annual general meeting, in the second week of December each year. Held at a Victorian campus, the conference sees delegates from all accredited campuses gather to vote on policy that decides the direction of the union for the next year. The election of national and state officers, as well as campus representatives occurs during the week.

National structure

Victorian Trades Hall, former headquarters of the NUS

NUS' national structure is formalised into both a National Executive and State Branches.[15]

National Executive

The responsibilities of the National executive, as subscribed within the NUS constitution, include; setting the budget for the NUS; regularly monitoring of the finances of NUS; employing staff on behalf of NUS; authorising the publication of material on behalf of NUS; and implementing and interpreting the policy of the NUS. The National Executive may also delegate its powers as it considers appropriate.

The members of National Executive are:

  • The National President (chair, casting vote only),
  • The National officers (voting),
  • 12 General Executive Members (voting), and
  • The State Presidents (voting)

National Officers of NUS do not carry a vote at the National Conference of NUS.

Members of National Executive may not hold more than 1 voting position on National Executive at the same time.

The national officers of NUS:

  • National President,
  • National General Secretary/National Deputy President,
  • National Education Officer,
  • National Welfare Officer,
  • National Women’s Officer, who must be a woman,
  • Two National Queer Officers, one of whom must be a woman,

(non-paid national officers)

  • National Small and Regional Campuses Officer, who must be a student currently enrolled at a small and/or regional NUS member campus,
  • National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Officer Officer, who must identify as a student from an indigenous background,
  • National Ethno‐Cultural Officer, who must identify as a student from a culturally or linguistically diverse background, and,
  • National International Students Officer, who must be currently enrolled as an international student
  • National Disability Officer, who must identify as a student with a disability.

State Executive

The state branches of the NUS include; New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, the Australian Capital Territory, and Western Australia.

The members of State Executive are:

  • The State President (chair),
  • The State Education Vice President, and
  • The NUS Campus Representatives from accredited campuses.

National Officers

The National Officers of NUS are elected annually at the National Conference, with their terms commencing in January.

National President
Year Name University Faction
1987 Roger Cook Murdoch University National Organisation of Labor Students (NOLS)
1988 Tracey Ellery Victoria College - Rusden Campus National Organisation of Labor Students (NOLS)
1989 Lisa Neville Griffith University National Organisation of Labor Students (NOLS)
1990 Kate Deverell Monash University National Organisation of Labor Students (NOLS)
1991 Brigid Freeman University of Tasmania National Organisation of Labor Students (NOLS)
1992 Tony White Warrnambool Institute of Advanced Education National Organisation of Labor Students (NOLS)
1993 Ken Fowlie University of New South Wales National Organisation of Labor Students (NOLS)
1994 Penny Sharpe University of New South Wales National Organisation of Labor Students (NOLS)
1995 John Graham University of Sydney National Organisation of Labor Students (NOLS)
1996 Lori Faraone Edith Cowan University National Organisation of Labor Students (NOLS)
1997 John Carey Murdoch University National Organisation of Labor Students (NOLS)
1998 Rose Tracey University of Sydney National Organisation of Labor Students (NOLS)
1999 Jacob Varghese University of Melbourne National Organisation of Labor Students (NOLS)
2000 Lisa Johnstone University of South Australia National Organisation of Labor Students (NOLS)
2001 David Henderson University of Melbourne National Organisation of Labor Students (NOLS)
2002 Moksha Watts University of Sydney National Organisation of Labor Students (NOLS)
2003 Daniel Kyriacou University of Sydney National Organisation of Labor Students (NOLS)
2004 Jodie Jansen Queensland University of Technology National Organisation of Labor Students (NOLS)
2005 Felix Eldridge University of Sydney National Organisation of Labor Students (NOLS)
2006 Rose Jackson University of Sydney National Organisation of Labor Students (NOLS)/

National Labor Students (NLS)

2007 Michael Nguyen University of Technology, Sydney National Labor Students (NLS)
2008 Angus McFarland University of Sydney National Labor Students (NLS)
2009 David Barrow University of Technology, Sydney National Labor Students (NLS)
2010 Carla Drakeford University of Melbourne National Labor Students (NLS)
2011 Jesse Marshall La Trobe University National Labor Students (NLS)
2012 Donherra Walmsley University of Sydney National Labor Students (NLS)
2013 Jade Tyrell University of Technology, Sydney National Labor Students (NLS)
2014 Deanna Taylor University of Adelaide National Labor Students (NLS)
2015 Rose Steele La Trobe University National Labor Students (NLS)
2016 Sinead Colee Monash University National Labor Students (NLS)
2017 Sophie Johnston University of New South Wales National Labor Students (NLS)
2018 Mark Pace University of Adelaide National Labor Students (NLS)
2019 Desiree Cai University of Melbourne National Labor Students (NLS)
National General Secretary
Year Name University Faction
1988 Lisa Neville Griffith University National Organisation of Labor Students (NOLS)
1989 Richard Marles University of Melbourne National Organisation of Labor Students (NOLS)
1990 Andrew Wooldridge University of Tasmania National Independents
1991 Nicole Asquith University of Melbourne Left Alliance
1992 Pablo Campillos Curtin University Student Unity
1993 Simon Hoffman University of Western Australia Student Unity
1994 Wendy Haydon James Cook University Student Unity
1995 Michael Gadiel University of Sydney Student Unity
1996 Roland Stephens University of Sydney Student Unity
1997 Chris Burrell Australian Maritime College Student Unity
1998 Erica Martin Murdoch University Student Unity
1999 Gilbert Astorga University of Tasmania Student Unity
2000 Simon Lees University of Sydney Student Unity
2001 Lizzie Blandthorn University of Melbourne Student Unity
2002 Dave Hughes University of New South Wales Student Unity
2003 Michael Comninos University of Sydney Student Unity
2004 Daniel Mookhey University of Technology, Sydney Student Unity
2005 Sacha Fenton University of Queensland Student Unity
2006 Michael de Bruyn University of Melbourne Student Unity
2007 Mathew Chuk University of Western Australia National Independents
2008 Ben Maxfield Monash University Student Unity
2009 David Wilkins University of Adelaide Student Unity
2010 Xavier Williams La Trobe University Student Unity
2011 Patrick Sheehan La Trobe University Student Unity
2012 Jon Barlow Victoria University Student Unity
2013 Todd Pinkerton University of Sydney Student Unity
2014 Isabelle Kingshott University of Melbourne Student Unity
2015 Tom Nock Australian National University Student Unity
2016 Cam Petrie RMIT University Student Unity
2017 Nathan Croft La Trobe University Student Unity
2018 Jacob Cripps La Trobe University Student Unity
2019 Michael Iroeche La Trobe University Student Unity
National Education Officer
Year Name University Faction
1988 Kiri Evans University of Sydney Left Alliance
1989 Damien Smith University of Sydney National Organisation of Labor Students (NOLS)
1990 Damien Smith University of Sydney National Organisation of Labor Students (NOLS)
1991 David Howard (died in office) Queensland University of Technology National Organisation of Labor Students (NOLS)

then Student Unity

1992 Rob Houghton Flinders University Left Alliance
1993 Toby Borgeest University of Melbourne Left Alliance
1994 Tim Lyons University of Tasmania Student Unity
1995 Melanie Wheeler University of Adelaide National Independents
1996 David Taylor Monash University Non-Aligned Left
1997 Jackie Lynch La Trobe University Left Alliance
1998 Katrina Curry University of Sydney Left Alliance
1999 Evelyn Loh Charles Darwin University National Independents
2000 Charlie Heuston Flinders University Student Unity
2001 Kate Davison University of Melbourne National Broad Left
2002 Camille Barbagallo Griffith University National Broad Left
2003 Liz Thompson Monash University National Broad Left
2004 Paul Coats University of Melbourne/Charles Darwin University National Broad Left/Socialist Alternative
2005 Rebecca Barrigos University of Melbourne National Broad Left/Socialist Alternative
2006 Louise O'Shea University of Melbourne/University of Sydney Socialist Alternative
2007 Colleen Bolger Monash University Socialist Alternative
2008 Lucy Saunders University of Sydney National Labor Students (NLS)
2009 Stefie Hinchy University of Queensland National Labor Students (NLS)
2010 James Butchers University of Queensland National Labor Students (NLS)
2011 Rachael Durrant University of Technology, Sydney National Labor Students (NLS)
2012 Rosa Sottile University of Queensland National Labor Students (NLS)
2013 Clare Keyes-Liley La Trobe University National Labor Students (NLS)
2014 Sarah Garnham Monash University Socialist Alternative
2015 Hannah Smith University of Sydney National Labor Students (NLS)
2016 Max Murphy University of Technology, Sydney National Labor Students (NLS)
2017 Anneke D'emanuele University of Melbourne Socialist Alternative
2018 Constantinos Karavias University of Tasmania Socialist Alternative
2019 Lachlan Barker University of Technology Sydney National Labor Students
National Welfare Officer
Year Name University Faction
1988 Evan Thornley University of Melbourne National Organisation of Labor Students (NOLS)
1989 Andrew Wooldridge University of Tasmania National Independents
1990 David McConnen University of South Australia National Independents
1991
1992 Linda Whatman University of Newcastle National Organisation of Labor Students (NOLS)
1993 Linda Whatman University of Newcastle National Organisation of Labor Students (NOLS)
1994 Edwina Hanlon Monash University National Organisation of Labor Students (NOLS)
1995 Elizabeth Humphrys University of Melbourne Non-Aligned Left
1996 Michelle Giglio National Independents
1997 Zane Whitehorn Charles Darwin University National Independents
1998 Lisa Ronnenberg University of Newcastle Non-Aligned Left
1999 Tom Cargill Flinders University Student Unity
2000 Nathan Murphy La Trobe University Australian Labor Students
2001 Rachel Thomson University of Tasmania Student Unity
2002 Jill Ferguson Curtin University Australian Labor Students
2003 Sarah McDowell Monash University Australian Labor Students
2004 Lambros Tapinos Victoria University Student Unity
2005 Katana Smith Flinders University Student Unity
2006 Kate Perry Queensland University of Technology National Organisation of Labor Students (NOLS)/

National Labor Students (NLS)

2007 Joshua Rayner University of Adelaide Student Unity
2008 Liz Larbalestier University of Wollongong Student Unity
2009 Jimmy Mentor Monash University Student Unity
2010 Patrick Sheehan (until March) La Trobe University Student Unity
Michael Buckland (from March) University of Sydney Student Unity
2011 Chris Monnox University of Wollongong Student Unity
2012 Rogan McMahon-Hogan (until June) University of Canberra Student Unity
Michael Pettersson (from July) Australian National University Student Unity
2013 Hovig Melkonian RMIT University Student Unity
2014 Jack Gracie Australian National University Student Unity
2015 Dean D'Angelo La Trobe University Student Unity
2016 Robby Magyar University of Sydney Student Unity
2017 Jill Molloy Australian National University Student Unity
2018 Jordon O'Reilly Flinders University Student Unity
2019 Adriana Malavisi University of Sydney Student Unity
National Women's Officer
Year Name University Faction
1988 Emma Koorey University of Sydney Left Alliance
1989 Miranda Sandars University of Melbourne Left Alliance
1990 Brigid Freeman University of Tasmania National Organisation of Labor Students (NOLS)
1991 Audrey Edwards Southern Cross University
1992
1993 Misha Schubert University of South Australia Independents
1994 Kate Wait University of South Australia National Organisation of Labor Students (NOLS)
1995 Michelle MacDonald La Trobe University Student Unity
1996 Sarah Lantz Southern Cross University Non-Aligned Left
1997 Gemma Pinnell Monash University Non-Aligned Left, then Left Alliance
1998 Amrita Dasvarma University of Adelaide Independents
1999 Genevieve Derwent University of Technology, Sydney Left Alliance, then National Broad Left
2000 Helen Stitt Australian National University National Independents
2001 Sarah McBratney University of Queensland National Organisation of Labor Students (NOLS)
2002 Catherine Davis RMIT University Australian Labor Students
2003 Lisa Chesters University of Queensland National Organisation of Labor Students (NOLS)
2004 Laura Fraser Murdoch University Independent, then National Organisation of Labor Students
2005 Alison Vaughan Edith Cowan University Australian Labor Students
2006 Sarah Wickham La Trobe University Australian Labor Students/National Labor Students (NLS)
2007 Lucy Honan University of Sydney Grassroots Left
2008 Claire Tatyzo Flinders University Grassroots Left
2009 Kaitlin Ferris University of Melbourne National Labor Students (NLS)
2010 Keelia Fitzpatrick University of Western Australia National Independents
2011 Courtney Sloane Australian National University National Labor Students (NLS)
2012 Noni Sproule University of Melbourne National Labor Students (NLS)
2013 Mikaela Wangmann University of Adelaide Student Unity
2014 Georgia Kennelly Victoria University National Labor Students (NLS)
2015 Jess Mcleod Socialist Alternative
2016 Heidi La Paglia University of Tasmania National Labor Students (NLS)
2017 Abby Stapleton Monash University National Labor Students (NLS)
2018 Kate Jean Crossin La Trobe University National Labor Students (NLS)
2019 Sarah Tynan University of Adelaide National Labor Students (NLS)
National Queer/LGBTI Officer
Year Name University Faction
2001 Mark Pendleton Griffith University National Broad Left
Melissa Venville La Trobe University National Organisation of Labor Students (NOLS) then National Broad Left
2002 Brent Haywood University of Canberra National Independents
Emma Banyer University of Sydney National Broad Left
2003 Belinda Clark Curtin University Student Unity
Rathana Chea University of Technology, Sydney National Broad Left
2004 Tallace Bissett University of Melbourne National Broad Left
Jenelle Davy RMIT University National Independents
2005 Claire English Griffith University National Broad Left, then Grassroots Left
Craig Comrie University of Western Australia National Organisation of Labor Students
2006 Rachel Evans University of Technology, Sydney Grassroots Left
Norman Jacka Curtin University Australian Labor Students/National Labor Students (NLS)
2007 Hayley Conway University of Wollongong Grassroots Left
Pete Johnson University of Sydney National Labor Students (NLS)
2008 Bree Ahrens University of Melbourne Grassroots Left
James Vigus La Trobe University Socialist Alternative
2009 Heidi Claus University of Sydney Socialist Alternative
Liam Byrne University of Melbourne Socialist Alternative
2010 Phoebe Kelloway University of Melbourne Socialist Alternative
Kathleen Larkin La Trobe University Socialist Alternative
2011 Olivia Hopkins University of Sydney Student Unity
Jade Eckhaus University of Melbourne Socialist Alternative
2012 Shaylee Leach University of South Australia Student Unity
Kat Henderson Queensland University of Technology Socialist Alternative
2013 Hiba Casablanca Monash University National Labor Students (NLS)
Cat Rose University of New South Wales Socialist Alternative
2014 Bec Thompson Murdoch University National Independents
Naomi Farmer La Trobe University Socialist Alternative
2015 Danica Cheesley La Trobe University Socialist Alternative
Dana Endelmanis University of Tasmania National Labor Students (NLS)
2016 April Holcombe University of Sydney Socialist Alternative
Clare Francis University of Western Australia Socialist Alternative
2017 Cristoforo Di Pasquale Monash University Socialist Alternative
Lauren Saunders Queensland University of Technology Socialist Alternative
2018 Jasmine Duff Monash University Socialist Alternative
Kim Stern Monash University Socialist Alternative
2019 Tess Dimos Monash University Socialist Alternative
Steven Blacker Swinburne University National Labor Students
National Small and Regional Officer
Year Name University Faction
1990 Kathleen Riches Warrnambool IAE National Organisation of Labor Students (NOLS)
1991 Tony White Warrnambool IAE National Organisation of Labor Students (NOLS)
1992 Jacqui Davidson Northern Territory University National Organisation of Labor Students (NOLS)
1994 Eugene Sebastian Flinders University of South Australia National Liaison Committee
1995 Shanton Chang University of Western Australia National Liaison Committee
2007 Kobie Howe University of Canberra National Labor Students (NLS)
2008 Grant Machell Monash University Student Unity
2009 Chaiy Donati University of Queensland Student Unity
2010 James Wangmann University of South Australia Student Unity
2011 Billy Colless James Cook University National Labor Students (NLS)
2012 Jessica Newman James Cook University National Labor Students (NLS)
2013 Michael Pettersson Australian National University Student Unity
2014 Jack Boyd University of Wollongong Student Unity
2015 Rose Gosper University of Newcastle National Independent
2016 Peter Munford University of Wollongong Student Unity
2017 Jason Byrne Flinders University Student Unity
2018 James Callow Western Sydney University Student Unity
2019 Jordan Mumford University of South Australia Student Unity
National Environment Officer
Year Name University Faction
1994 Jamie Parker Macquarie University Non-Aligned Left
1995 Kirstin O'Brien James Cook University Non-Aligned Left, then Left Alliance
1996 Gretchen Highfield University of Technology, Sydney Non-Aligned Left
1997 Matt Fagan Southern Cross University Non-Aligned Left, then Left Alliance
1998 Chris Heppel Macquarie University Non-Aligned Left
1999 Scott Alderson University of Queensland Non-Aligned Left
2000 Mat Hines University of Tasmania Progressive Left Activist Network (PLANet)
2001 Peter Zakzrewski UNSW College of Fine Arts Australian Democrats
2002 Matt Skellern University of Sydney National Broad Left
2003 Bonnie Rivendell La Trobe University National Broad Left
Eli Greig Monash University National Broad Left
2004 Bek Hamed Australian National University Independents
2005 Anna Rose University of Sydney National Broad Left, then Grassroots Left
2006 Danya Bryx Monash University Australian Student Environment Network
2007 Claire McCall RMIT University Australian Student Environment Network
2008 Cecilia Vagg University of Technology, Sydney Australian Student Environment Network
2009 Dany Boulos University of Newcastle Australian Student Environment Network
2010 Hugh Mortensen Swinburne University Student Unity
2011 Christian Jones (until February) University of Sydney Student Unity
Shaun Taliana (from February) RMIT University Student Unity
2012 Neha Madhok University of Technology, Sydney National Labor Students (NLS)
2013 Stephen McCallum University of South Australia National Labor Students (NLS)/

Australian Student Environment Network

2014 Damian Ridgewell University of New South Wales Socialist Alternative
2015 Carl Jackson University of Queensland Socialist Alternative
2016 Izzy Manfield University of Queensland National Labor Students (NLS)
2017 Leesa Markussen Curtin University Student Unity

A motion to abolish the National Environment Offer position was passed at the 2016 National Conference. This change came into effect at the 2017 National Conference.

National Ethnocultural Officer
Year Name University Faction
2007 Jamila Rizvi (until February) Australian National University Student Unity
Fatma Al Mahrizi (from February) University of Melbourne Socialist Alternative
2008 Phoung Au University of New South Wales National Labor Students (NLS)
2009 Matthew Incerti University of Melbourne Unaligned
2010 Lauren Fernando Victoria University Student Unity
2011 Gen Li (until February) Monash University Student Unity
Mildred Linmiao Zhan (from February) La Trobe University Student Unity
2012 Patrick Massarani University of Sydney Student Unity
2013 Kerrie Kahlon Griffith University Student Unity
2014 Daniel Nikoloski University of South Australia Student Unity
2015 Michael Bezuidenhout Flinders University Student Unity
2016 Betty Belay La Trobe University National Labor Students (NLS)
2017 Lorena White University of Sydney Student Unity
2018 Hersha Kadkol University of Sydney Socialist Alternative
2019 Hersha Kadkol University of Sydney Socialist Alternative
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Officer
Year Name University Faction
2007 Sheena Watt National Labor Students (NLS)
2008 Sheena Watt National Labor Students (NLS)
2009 Carla McGrath University of Sydney National Labor Students (NLS)
2010 Warren Roberts University of New South Wales National Labor Students (NLS)
2011 Frank Gafa Australian National University National Labor Students (NLS)
2012 Benjamin Gertz James Cook University - Townsville Student Unity
2013 Blake Mooney University of Melbourne Student Unity
2014 Joshua Preece University of Queensland Student Unity
2015 Bridget Cama University of New South Wales Student Unity
2016 Lizzie Green Macquarie University Student Unity
2017 Joseph Bin Omar University of Western Australia National Independents
2018 Tyson McEwan University of Western Australia National Independents
2019 Alfred Lowe Flinders University Student Unity
National International Officer
Year Name University Faction
2010 Lily Yuen La Trobe University Unaligned
2011 Indrajeet Chauhan La Trobe University National Labor Students (NLS)
2012 Ashraf Alfian University of New South Wales National Independents
2013 Joshua Hao Tang (until February) University of Melbourne Student Unity
Jay Kajing Ng (from February) Unaligned
2014 Zhejian Zhang Deakin University Student Unity
2015 Yang Liu RMIT Student Unity
2016 Tony Zhang Monash University Student Unity
2017 David Lee Deakin University Student Unity
2018 Ziqi Han Monash University Student Unity
2019 Alex Wang Deakin University Student Unity
National Disability Officer
Year Name University Faction
2013 Liam McDonald Monash University - Clayton National Labor Students (NLS)
2014 Joshua Rebolledo University of Technology Sydney National Labor Students (NLS)
2015 Alison Taylor Flinders University National Labor Students (NLS)
2016 Hayden Shaw University of Canberra Student Unity
2017 Taylor Ficcara University of Technology Sydney Student Unity
2018 Kayla Dickeson University of South Australia National Labor Students (NLS)
2019 Will Edwards University of Sydney National Labor Students (NLS)

State Officers

The State Branch Officers of NUS are elected annually at the National Conference, with their terms commencing in January. State and Territories officers are only elected if there are accredited campus from that State/Territory. The State Branch positions other than President and Education Vice President were abolished after the 2015 National Conference, coming into effect at the conclusion of the 2016 term of office.

Victoria

VIC State Branch President
Year Name University Faction
1991 Kathleen Riches National Organisation of Labor Students (NOLS)
1992 Ben Ross La Trobe University Left Alliance
1993 Natalie Sykes La Trobe University Student Unity
1994 Liberty Sanger La Trobe University Student Unity
1995 Robert Larocca La Trobe University Student Unity
1996 Mehmet Tillem RMIT University Student Unity
1997 Gavin Ryan Monash University National Organisation of Labor Students (NOLS)
1998 Laura Smyth Monash University National Organisation of Labor Students (NOLS) then Australian Labor Students
1999 Stephen Donnelly La Trobe University Student Unity
2000 John Raimondo La Trobe University Student Unity
2001 Liam Harkins Monash University Student Unity
2002 Lambros Tapinos Victoria University Student Unity
2003 Conrad French La Trobe University Student Unity
2004 Danielle Pastoors University of Melbourne Student Unity
2005 Jeremy Kelly Victoria University Student Unity
2006 Rhiannon Platt Monash University Australian Labor Students/National Labor Students (NLS)
Caitlyn O'Dowd University of Melbourne Australian Labor Students/National Labor Students (NLS)
2007 Zoe Edwards Monash University National Labor Students (NLS)
2008 Sarah Cole La Trobe University National Labor Students (NLS)
2009 Mark Baker Monash University National Labor Students (NLS)
2010 Jesse Marshall La Trobe University National Labor Students (NLS)
2011 Jon Barlow Victoria University Student Unity
2012 Holly Burr La Trobe University National Labor Students (NLS)
2013 Isabelle Kingshott University of Melbourne Student Unity
2014 James Michelmore RMIT University Student Unity
2015 Cam Petrie RMIT University Student Unity
2016 Nathan Croft La Trobe University Student Unity
2017 Alan Padgham RMIT University Student Unity
2018 Lily Xia RMIT University Student Unity
2019 Samuel Roberts Swinburne University Student Unity

New South Wales

NSW State Branch President
Year Name University Faction
1991 Luke Foley University of New South Wales National Organisation of Labor Students (NOLS)
1992 Aaron Magner Macquarie University National Organisation of Labor Students (NOLS)
1993 Ray Marcelo Macquarie University National Organisation of Labor Students (NOLS)
1994 Alan Kirkland University of New South Wales National Organisation of Labor Students (NOLS)
1995 Jamie Parker Macquarie University Unaligned
1996 John Nolan-Neylan University of Newcastle Unaligned
1997 Andrew Burke Macquarie University Unaligned
1998 Van Badham University of Wollongong Unaligned
1999 Amanda Tattersal University of Sydney National Organisation of Labor Students (NOLS)/

National Broad Left

2000 Dom Rowe University of Sydney National Organisation of Labor Students (NOLS)/

National Broad Left

2001 Ryan Heath University of Technology, Sydney National Organisation of Labor Students (NOLS)
2002 Daney Faddoul University of New South Wales National Organisation of Labor Students (NOLS)
2003 Anna York University of New South Wales National Organisation of Labor Students (NOLS)
2004 Tim Chapman University of Technology, Sydney National Organisation of Labor Students (NOLS)
2005 Sarah-Jane Collins University of Technology, Sydney National Organisation of Labor Students (NOLS)
2006 Max Bryant University of Sydney National Organisation of Labor Students (NOLS)
2007 Tom Patton University of Sydney National Labor Student (NLS)
2008 David Barrow University of Technology, Sydney National Labor Student (NLS)
2009 Kyle MacGregor University of New South Wales National Labor Student (NLS)
2010 Rosie Ryan University of Sydney National Labor Student (NLS)
2011 Phoebe Drake University of Sydney National Labor Student (NLS)
2012 Osman Faruqi University of New South Wales National Independents
2013 Josh Rebolledo University of Technology, Sydney National Labor Student (NLS)
2014 Hannah Smith University of Sydney National Labor Student (NLS)
2015 Chloe Smith University of Sydney National Labor Student (NLS)
2016 Michael Elliot University of Sydney Student Unity
2017 Michael Murdocca University of New South Wales Student Unity
2018 Connor Wherrett University of Sydney Student Unity
2019 Alexi Cassis University of Sydney Student Unity

South Australia

SA State Branch President
Year Name University Faction
1997 Tyrone Lynch
1998
1999 Paul Sykes University of Adelaide Student Unity
2000 Matt Anderson University of Adelaide National Organisation of Labor Students (NOLS)
2001 Joel Northcott University of Adelaide National Organisation of Labor Students (NOLS)
2002 Rory Spreckley University of Adelaide National Organisation of Labor Students (NOLS)
2003 Taso Filipo University of South Australia National Independents
2004 Meagan Hackett University of Adelaide Student Unity
2005 Finn McCarthy-Adams University of South Australia Student Unity
2006 Praneet Keni Flinders University National Liaison Committee
2007 Rhiannon Newman University of Adelaide National Labor Students (NLS)
2008 Rhiannon Newman University of Adelaide National Labor Students (NLS)
2009 Robert Fletcher University of Adelaide National Labor Students (NLS)
2010 Simone McDonnell University of Adelaide Student Unity
2011 Stephen McCallum University of South Australia National Labor Students (NLS)
2012 Mikaela Wangmann University of Adelaide Student Unity
2013 Daniel Nikoloski University of South Australia Student Unity
2013 Nina McEwan University of Adelaide Student Unity
2014 Gemma Paech University of Adelaide Student Unity
2015 Sam Davis University of Adelaide National Labor Students (NLS)
2016 Josh Boughey University of Adelaide Student Unity
2017 Maddee Knill University of Adelaide Student Unity
2018 Jordan Mumford University of South Australia Student Unity
2019 Ali Amin University of Adelaide Student Unity

Queensland

QLD State Branch President
Year Name University Faction
1990 David Howard Queensland University of Technology National Organisation of Labor Students (NOLS)
1991 Chris Simpson Queensland University of Technology National Organisation of Labor Students (NOLS)
1997 Robert Elphinstone Griffith University Student Unity
1998 Cynthia Kennedy University of Queensland National Organisation of Labor Students (NOLS)
1999 Phoung Dong, (Guss) Queensland University of Technology National Organisation of Labor Students (NOLS)
2000 Stella Rae Queensland University of Technology National Organisation of Labor Students (NOLS)
2001 Sarah Abbott University of Queensland National Organisation of Labor Students (NOLS)
2002 Duncan Pegg Griffith University Student Unity
2003 Bec Thomson University of Queensland National Organisation of Labor Students (NOLS)
Callum Downie Griffith University National Organisation of Labor Students (NOLS)
2004 Nick Thompson Queensland University of Technology National Organisation of Labor Students (NOLS)
2005 Jon Hames University of Queensland National Organisation of Labor Students (NOLS)
2006 Dan Doran Queensland University Of Technology National Organisation of Labor Students (NOLS)/

National Labor Students (NLS)

2007 Claire Stimpson University of Queensland National Labor Students (NLS)
2008 Kat Henderson Queensland University of Technology National Labor Students (NLS)
2009 Joshua Young University of Queensland UQ Liberals
2010 Rosa Sottile University of Queensland National Labor Students (NLS)
2011 Joanna Horton University of Queensland National Labor Students (NLS)
2012 Scarlett Squire Queensland University of Technology National Labor Students (NLS)
2013 Sam Catanzariti-Smith Griffith University Student Unity
2014 Laurence McLean University of Queensland National Labor Students (NLS)
2015
2016 Stephanie Kameric Griffith University Student Unity
2017
2018 Chelsea Bently Griffith University Student Unity

Western Australia

WA State Branch President
Year Name University Faction
1990 Andrew Waddell Curtin University of Technology National Independents
1991 Geoff Baker Curtin University of Technology National Independents
1992 Peter Grant Curtin University of Technology Unaligned
1993 Luke Garswood Curtin University of Technology National Independents
1994 Damien Karmelich Edith Cowan University Student Unity
1995 Tony Walker Edith Cowan University Student Unity
1996 John Carey Murdoch University National Organisation of Labor Students (NOLS)
1997 Steve Whitehead Murdoch University National Organisation of Labor Students (NOLS)
1998 Nathan Hondros (until February) Murdoch University Student Unity
1998 Stephen Dawson(from February) Edith Cowan University National Organisation of Labor Students (NOLS) then Australian Labor Students
1999 Helen Carvosso Curtin University of Technology Student Unity
2000 Craig Edwards University of Western Australia Student Unity
2001 Simon Millman University of Western Australia National Independents
2002 Kate Mills Curtin University of Technology Unaligned
2003 Zaneta Mascarenas Curtin University of Technology Australian Labor Students
2004 Zaneta Mascarenas Curtin University of Technology Australian Labor Students
2005 Susie Byers University of Western Australia National Independents
2006 Rikki Hendon Curtin University of Technology National Organisation of Labor Students (NOLS)/

National Labor Students (NLS)

2007 Enrico Burgio University of Western Australia National Independents
2008 Eden Ridgeway Murdoch University National Independents
2009 Luke Villiers University of Western Australia National Independents
2010 Basha Stasak Murdoch University National Independents
2011 Emma Greeney University of Western Australia National Independents
2012 Rebecca Leighton Murdoch University National Independents
2013 Anita Creasey University of Western Australia National Independents/Solidarity
2014 Rebecca Doyle University of Western Australia National Independents
2015 Jake Wittey Curtin University National Labor Students (NLS)
2016 Alex Hamilton University of Western Australia National Independents
2017 Lewis Whittaker Murdoch University Student Unity
2018 Jason Lawrence Curtin University Student Unity
2019 Christopher Hall Curtin University National Independents

Australian Capital Territory

ACT State Branch President
Year Name University Faction
2004 Ryan Hamilton Australian National University Student Unity
2005 Ryan Hamilton Australian National University Student Unity
2006 Jamilla Rivzi Australian National University Student Unity
2007 Lyndon Mayfield University of Canberra Student Unity
2008 Anya Aidman Australian National University Student Unity
2009 Geoffrey Wakeford University of Canberra Student Unity
2010 Kate Maybin University of Canberra Student Unity
2011 Rogan McMahon-Hogan University of Canberra Student Unity
2012 Michael Pettersson Australian National University Student Unity
2013 Greg Stewart University of Canberra Student Unity
2014 Tom Nock Australian National University Student Unity
2015 Josh Orchard Australian National University Student Unity
2016 Jill Molloy Australian National University Student Unity
2017 Nick Douros Australian National University Student Unity

Tasmania

TAS State Branch President
Year Name University Faction
2012 Alexandra West University of Tasmania National Labor Students (NLS)
2013 Claire Chandler University of Tasmania Australian Liberal Students Federation
2014 Liam Carswell University of Tasmania National Labor Students (NLS)
2015 Clark Cooley University of Tasmania Australian Liberal Students Federation
2016 Clark Cooley University of Tasmania Australian Liberal Students Federation

Union affiliation

Typically University Student Union's Representative Council's will vote on NUS accreditation. In 2017 accredited university Unions include;[16]

State Union University Representation
Delegates Total Votes
NSW Arc @ UNSW SRC University of New South Wales 7 159
NSW University of Sydney SRC University of Sydney 7 112
NSW Newcastle University Student Association Newcastle University 7 99
NSW University of Technology Sydney Student Association University of Technology Sydney 7 125
SA Flinders University Student Association Flinders University 6 64
SA University of South Australia Student Association University of South Australia 7 90
SA Adelaide University Union Adelaide University 7 85
VIC Deakin University Student Association (DUSA) Deakin University 7 151
VIC Monash Student Association (MSA) Monash University (Clayton) 7 111
VIC RMIT University Student Union (RUSU) RMIT University 7 179
VIC Swinburne Student Union (SSU) Swinburne University 7 104
VIC University of Melbourne Student Union (UMSU) University of Melbourne 7 182
VIC Victoria University Student Union (VUSU) Victoria University 7 113
VIC La Trobe Student Union (LTSU) La Trobe University 7 116
WA Curtin Student Guild Curtin University 7 129
WA UWA Guild University of Western Australia 7 78

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