Advocacy

All Monash graduate students are welcome to seek free advice and advocacy from the MGA on any issue relating to their study.

The road to a graduate degree has its ups and downs. That’s why it’s important for you to know that when things aren’t going according to plan, there is someone you can turn to. Our advocacy service is free, confidential and runs completely independently from the university. Our advocates provide advice and options, but you make the decision as to how to proceed, and we’ll support you all the way.

To read the MGA Advocacy Charter, please click here.

Our Advocates

The MGA advocacy team is led by legally qualified senior advocate, Zuzana Quinn. Zuzana is highly experienced and has a detailed understanding of the challenges faced by graduate students. Our team of advocates can assist graduate students on a range of issues including:

Book an appointment with an MGA advocate

Our advocates are often busy assisting graduate students, so it is recommended that you book an appointment via email.  Alternatively, you can call the Clayton office on 9905 3197 or the Caulfield office on 9903 1880 to speak with one of our advocates.

Advocates for Clayton, AMREP and MMC:

Sunshine Kamaloni
sunshine.kamaloni@monash.edu

James Breheny
james.breheny@monash.edu

Advocates for Caulfield, Parkville, Peninsula and Law Chambers:

Sarah Murphy
sarah.murphy@monash.edu

Ying Xu
ying.xu1@monash.edu

Regular visits to other campuses and off-campus sites

Advocates are located at both the Caulfield and Clayton MGA offices. Graduate students on other campuses and off-campus sites can make an appointment for an advocate to travel to their campus or off-campus site to meet. In addition, the MGA runs regular advocacy sessions as outlined below but times and dates are subject to change due peak period and will be advertised in the MGA newsletter.

Peninsula

Advocate: Ying Xu

Date: 1st Monday of the month (March to October)
Time: 10:00am to 1:00pm
Venue: MONSU student support room, Peninsula Campus

Parkville

Advocate: Sarah Murphy

Date: 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month (March to October)
Time: 10:00am to 1:00pm
Venue: Meeting room next to Soul Kitchen cafe, Parkville Campus

Law Chambers

Advocate: Sarah Murphy

Date: 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month (March to October)
Time: 2:30pm to 5:30pm
Venue: LSS Office, Law Chambers

AMREP

Advocate: James Breheny

Date: 2nd Tuesday of the month (March to October)
Time: 10:00am to 2:00pm
Venue: Room 5.379, Level 5, AMREP Tower, AMREP

 

Advocate: Sunshine Kamaloni

Date: Last Tuesday of every month
Time: 10:00am to 2:00pm
Venue: Room 5.379, Level 5, AMREP Tower, AMREP

MMC

Advocate: Sunshine Kamaloni

Date: 1st Tuesday of the month (March to October)
Time: 9:45am to 1:15pm
Venue: MHRP meeting room, Level 2, 43-51 Kanooka Grove, MMC 

 

Advocate: James Breheny

Date: 3rd Tuesday of the month (March to October)
Time: 9:45am to 1:15pm
Venue: MHRP meeting room, Level 2, 43-51 Kanooka Grove, MMC 

Got questions? We’ve got answers!

Over the years we have compiled a list of FAQs in response to the inquiries we have received. Bookmark this page for future reference and if your question isn’t listed, get in touch with us!

Click here to read our advice and advocacy FAQs.

Have you been excluded from your program?

Being excluded means you will be or have been discontinued from your current course by your faculty and you will cease to be a student at Monash.

Click here to find out more about exclusions.

Advocacy for Distance Education graduate students

Need to talk to an MGA advocate? The best way to contact one of our Advocates is by  email. For students located off-campus or studying via distance education, advice can be provided by email and supported by phone calls (funded by the MGA).