The UMSU Constitution is the document that provides the governing framework for UMSU as an incorporated association representing students at the University of Melbourne.
The purposes of UMSU are:
- To advance the welfare and interests of students;
- To represent students of the University within the University and to the community;
- To provide amenities and services, principally for students and other members of the University community, and incidentally to the public, but in all cases not inconsistent with agreements made with MU Student Union Limited or the University, as the case may be, from time to time;
- To provide an independent framework for student social and political activity;
- To develop, maintain and support student clubs, societies and associational life generally;
- To promote and defend the rights of students to education on the basis of equality, without regard to race, colour, sex, sexuality, gender identity, age, physical disability, mental illness, economic circumstances, political religious or ideological conviction, or national or social origin;
- To oppose violence and/or hatred through militarism, nationalism, or discrimination on the basis of race, colour, sex, sexuality, gender identity, age, physical disability, mental illness, economic circumstances, religion, or national or social origin.
- To provide a democratic and transparent forum in which students’ affairs and interests can be governed in an effective and accountable manner; and
- To promote free and accessible government-funded education.
In order to achieve these purposes, but for no other purpose and subject always to the terms of any agreements with MU Student Union Limited or the University, as the case may be, the association has all the powers of a natural person.