Grievance Tribunal

As stipulated in C3.2 of the UMSU Constitution, if a dispute arises between Members, or between a Member and the Students’ Council or any Committee, a Member may refer the dispute to the Grievance Tribunal. A Member can do this by sending their grievance to the General Secretary via email with a request for the matter to be taken to the Grievance Tribunal.

Only disputes as to whether the UMSU Constitution has been correctly followed can be referred to the Grievance Tribunal. The Grievance Tribunal has no power to determine disputes regarding the merits of any decision made or implemented in accordance with this Constitution. Accordingly, the grievance must be framed in relation to the constitutionality of the issue in dispute.

On receiving a referral under rule 3.2(c), the Grievance Tribunal must appoint a mediator to attempt to settle the dispute as soon as practicable, but in any event not later than 21 days after the referral is received.

If the mediation does not result in the settlement of the dispute; or a party to the dispute refuses to participate in the mediation within a reasonable time (as determined by the Grievance Tribunal) or at all; then the Grievance Tribunal may make a binding determination on that dispute, which cannot be appealed within UMSU. This does not preclude a Member bringing the matter before the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria in accordance with the AIR Act.

Previous Minutes


Meeting of the Grievance Tribunal – 1:30PM, May 20

UMSU Grievance Tribunal Minutes

The appeal relates to the Clubs and Societies (C&S) Committee decision on 8 April 2019 (motions 6 and 7) to “not accept” the Melbourne University Liberal Club’s (MULC) 2019 AGM and to direct MULC to hold another AGM within 20 academic days. See generally the requirements of the UMSU Clubs and Societies Regulations (C & S Regs) at clauses 5.2.3 and 5.2.5.