University of Western Australia Student Guild

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UWA Student Guild
Full name University of Western Australia Guild of Undergraduates
Founded 1913
Affiliation National Union of Students (NUS)
Key people Lizzy O'Shea (President)
Office location Perth, Western Australia
Country Australia

The UWA Student Guild is the official student representative body at the University of Western Australia, representing the interests of students to the university, government and the wider community, as well as providing services to students. The Guild's published mission is to be Western Australia's leading campus student representative organisation.


The UWA Student Guild is the premier student representative body at the University of Western Australia. The vision of the UWA Student Guild is to be Australia's leading campus student representative organisation.

The Guild provides a number of services, and is instrumental in promoting and sustaining student life on campus. The Guild runs a number of activities including Prosh, Orientation Day (O-Day), End of Semester Shows and other major campus events. Guild Departments and Subsidiary Councils run other events, such as Multicultural Week and Spring Feast (run by the International Student Services department), Club Carnival (run by the Societies Council) and the PAC Pop-Up series of performances (run by the Public Affairs Council).

The Guild also supports and assists a network of more than 100 affiliated clubs and societies on campus, catering to a very wide range of interests (religious, theatrical, cultural etc.). The Guild also runs the majority catering outlets on campus, including the Tavern, as well as a second-hand bookshop and a volunteering centre. The Guild's Student Centre provides one-on-one academic advocacy, as well as financial counselling and interest-free loans.

Guild Council is the overall governing body of the Guild and consists of 23 voting members democratically elected at the annual Guild elections. The current Guild President is Lizzy O'Shea, who took office on 1 December 2014.

Former Guild Presidents include notable figures such as former Prime Minister Bob Hawke, former federal Opposition Leader Kim Beazley and former Health Minister and Attorney General of Western Australia Jim McGinty.[1]

Annual elections[edit]

Student representatives are elected to their positions by students in annual elections held in September. Elections are conducted by the Western Australian Electoral Commission. Both independent and party candidates run in the elections, with the historical bias leaning towards grouped members becoming elected. Elected office bearers take office as of 1 December in the year they are elected.

The 2014 Elections took place from 22[clarification needed] to 25 September 2014, and were for the 102nd Guild Council. Five parties contested the 2014 elections: STAR, Liberty, Left Action, Dave Party and The Students' Alliance, as well as a number of independents.[2]

Missing Money[edit]

In May 2014 the Guild hired audit and tax firm BDO to investigate financial irregularities in the Guild, which found about $870,000 had been misappropriated from the Guild's account.[3]

Based on the initial findings of that investigation, a staff member was dismissed for serious misconduct.

Guild structure[edit]

The Guild is administered by a council of student representatives elected for one-year terms at the annual elections. There are twenty voting members of council, and several more non-voting members. Members may hold a voting and a non-voting role concurrently. Unlike some other campus unions, there is no financial compensation for student representatives, with the exception of the President who works at the Guild full-time during his/her term. The following list shows the Councillors and Officer Bearers elected at the 2014 Guild Elections (with the exception of the Vice President, Chair and Secretary of the Guild who were elected at the first Council meeting on 1 December 2014):[4]

Guild Executive
Name Position Ticket (when elected)
Lizzy O'Shea Guild President STAR
Lucy Moyle Guild Vice President STAR
Jesse Martino Guild Secretary STAR
Ashleigh Kotula Guild Treasurer STAR
Subsidiary Council Presidents
Name Position Ticket (when elected)
Nevin Jayawardena Societies Council President STAR
Tom Beyer Education Council President STAR
Charlie Viska Public Affairs Council President STAR
Ordinary Guild Councillors
Name Position Ticket (when elected)
Cale Black Ordinary Guild Councillor STAR
Carlo Guaia Ordinary Guild Councillor ISL
Alex Hamilton Ordinary Guild Councillor STAR
Liam Staltari Ordinary Guild Councillor Liberty
Olivia Jo Ordinary Guild Councillor STAR
Aiden Depiazzi Ordinary Guild Councillor Liberty
Cam Payne Ordinary Guild Councillor Liberty
Dave Thomson Ordinary Guild Councillor Dave Party
Kieran Natalwala Ordinary Guild Councillor STAR
Sofie O'Mara Ordinary Guild Councillor Liberty
Emma Norton Ordinary Guild Councillor Left Action
Rebecca Lawrence Ordinary Guild Councillor Liberty
Other Voting Members
Name Position Ticket (when elected)
Emma Boogaerdt Women's Affairs Officer STAR
Emma Boogaerdt Chair of Guild Council STAR
Vikraman Selvaraja Postgraduate Students' Association President N/A
Sean Matjeraie International Students Officer ISL
Other Non-Voting Members
Name Position Ticket (when elected)
Maddie Mulholland Senate Representative STAR
Tom Henderson Immediate Past President STAR
Rida Malik Welfare Officer STAR
Jessica Cockerill Environment Officer STAR
Lara Bromfield Sports Representative STAR
National Union of Students Delegates
Name Position Ticket (when elected)
Aiden Depiazzi NUS Delegate Liberty
Lizzy O'Shea NUS Delegate STAR
Honny Palayukan NUS Delegate STAR
Emma Norton NUS Delegate Left Action
Emma Boogaerdt NUS Delegate STAR
Rebecca Lawrence NUS Delegate Liberty [5]
Alex Bennet NUS Delegate STAR