MPA election process

Frequently asked questions

What is a ballot and how does it work?

A ballot is the process of voting. A link will be set up from every postgraduate's portal to the online voting site. Postgraduates will have access to the ballots in which they are eligible to vote. Candidate positions on the ballot paper will be automatically rotated as each new voter logs in. Votes will be automatically tallied. The site is run by an independent online voting company, which assures anonymity and high security. The online voting system will be overseen by the Returning Officer.

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What should I include in my candidate's statement??

It is up to each candidate to decide what they want to include in their statement. Areas to consider include: introducing yourself to the postgraduate community; what you are studying; your faculty; your campus; your interests; experience you bring to the committee; issues you would like to pursue.

No more than two research and two coursework postgraduates from the same faculty can be elected to the general rep positions.

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What happens if there are fewer nominations than there are positions?

All eligible nominees are directly appointed to the MPAEC without a ballot being held..

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If there is going to be a ballot, do I have to campaign?

It is up to each candidate to decide whether or not they want to campaign. Many postgraduate candidates don't have the time or inclination to campaign due to the pressures of family, study and work, so it is common for candidates to rely solely on their written statements. If you do want to campaign, you must abide by the election regulations that set out instructions as to what you can and can't do during an election campaign.

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How are the general rep positions elected?

There are ten general rep positions, which can be filled by any enrolled postgraduate on any campus of Monash. If there are more than ten eligible nominations, then a ballot will be conducted in which all enrolled postgraduates are invited to vote.
No more than two research and two coursework postgraduates from the same faculty can be elected to the general rep positions.

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How are the campus-tagged rep positions elected?

There is one campus-tagged rep position for each of the Victorian campuses (Clayton, Caulfield, Berwick, Parkville and Peninsula), which can be filled by any postgraduate enrolled through the relevant campus. For example, the Berwick campus rep position can only be filled by a Berwick enrolled postgraduate. If there is more than one eligible nomination for each campus rep position, then a ballot will be conducted in which all enrolled postgraduates at the relevant campus are invited to vote. For example, if there are three nominations for the Peninsula campus position, then a ballot would be conducted in which only Peninsula enrolled postgraduates vote.

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What is the difference between the general representative positions, and the campus-tagged representative positions?

All MPAEC members can raise, speak to or vote on any issue discussed at the MPAEC meetings. However campus-tagged reps have the additional role of raising any campus-specific issues for discussion. They are also responsible for running small, campus-based social events.

Campus-tagged representatives can apply for any office-bearer position except that of President.  General representatives can apply for any office-bearer position

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Can I apply for both a campus-tagged representative position and a general representative position?

The nomination form gives postgraduates the opportunity to apply for both a campus-tagged representative position and a general representative position.  The campus-tagged representative positions election will be determined before the general representative position elections are run.  Where a postgraduate has applied for both positions and has been successfully elected to a campus-tagged position, their nomination for a general representative position will be automatically withdrawn.    Where a postgraduate has applied for both positions and has been unsuccessful in being elected to a campus-tagged position, their nomination for a general representative position will be automatically activated.

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How do I nominate for an office-bearer position?

Office-bearer positions are not directly elected – they are elected from within the newly established committee, usually at the first meeting. Office-bearer positions are: President, Vice-President, Education Officer (research), Education Officer (coursework), International Students’ Officer, Women’s Officer, Queer Officer, Access & Equity Officer and Indigenous Students’ Officer. All office-bearers have specific duties, which are set out in section 14 of the MPA constitution.

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Frequently asked questions

If you are wondering what is involved in being a committee member, vist our Committee FAQ page.

Election regulations

Elections for the Executive Committee are governed by the MPA Election Regulations.