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UMSU Working Groups

The General Secretary often convenes a number of different working groups at the direction of Students’ Council to examine internal UMSU policy and regulations. While some working groups have defined memberships and closed meetings, many working groups have meetings open to all students. Check this page for updates and information about these working groups.

If you’re interested in any of these working groups and want to receive information about them, please email secretary@union.unimelb.edu.au

Constitutional, Regulation & Policy Working Group

After the initial successs of the 2016 Working Group, a 2017 Working Group combining constitution, regulations and policy together was established by the General Secretary.

On the 13th of March 2017, a Terms of Reference for this Working Group was established as the code in which this working group would act under.

Membership to this working group is open to all University of Melbourne Students.

The meetings for the Constitution, Regulation and Policy Working Group are scheduled as followed:

Week Date Time Location Agenda
3 Monday 13th of March 2017 1pm OB Space, L1, Union House Agenda 1
5 Monday 27th of March 2017 1pm OB Space, L1, Union House Agenda 2
7 Monday 10th of April 2017 1pm OB Space, L1, Union House Agenda 3
9 Monday 1st of May 2017 1pm OB Space, L1, Union House  TBC
11 Monday 15th of May 2017 1pm OB Space, L1, Union House  TBC

As according to the initial Working Group the items for discussion will surround:

  • The Victorian College of the Arts and its merging with the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
  • Cleaning up affirmative action in specific circumstances
  • Honoraria of Student Office Bearers
  • Electoral Regulations
  • A regulation for Students’ Councillors and Committee members
  • A regulation for Working Groups
  • Joint offices and whether they should be considered co-offices
  • The changes to MUSUL areas of the constitution
  • Outlining roles and responsibilities of the Education department sub groups
  • Reporting reviews
Minutes of the 2017 Constitution, Regulation & Policy Working Group
Minutes of the 2016 Constitutional Working Group
Minutes of the 2016 Regulation & Policy Working Group

Orientation Working Group

The General Secretary established a Working Group for feedback and policy writing about Orientation. Its main function would be to explore new policy ideas, revisiting old models, and trying to find the most effective way to create a Orientation program that students enjoy.

Membership to this working group is open to all University of Melbourne Students.

The meetings for the Orientation Working Group are scheduled as followed:

Week Date Time Location Agenda
4 Monday 20th of March 2017 1pm OB Space, L1, Union House TBC
6 Monday 3rd of April 2017 1pm OB Space, L1, Union House  TBC
8 Monday 24th of April 2017 1pm OB Space, L1, Union House  TBC
10 Monday 8th of May 2017 1pm OB Space, L1, Union House  TBC
12 Monday 22nd of May 2017 1pm OB Space, L1, Union House  TBC

Harm Reduction Working Group

The General Secretary established a Working Group as a formal space to continue discussions around Harm Reduction and Drug Testing Kits on campus. After conversations with Students for Sensible Drug Policy, Legal & Advocacy and the Communications division of UMSU, it was believed that an official working group should be established for all groups to attend. The General Secretary will be taking this group to Students’ Council for official establishment.

Membership to this working group is open to all University of Melbourne Students.

The first meeting for the Harm Reduction Working Group will be held on the 4th of April 2017 at 2pm. On the 4th of April 2017, the working group approved these Terms of Reference.

Meeting 1(17) – 4/4/2017
Agenda 1
Minutes 1

Ethical Sponsorship Working Group (ESWG)

The ESWG was established by the following resolution of meeting 2(17) of Students Council on the 7th of December 2016.

While the main focus of the policy is to prevent companies like Commonwealth Bank from being able to advertise on campus during times like O-week, the working group will explore other ways that UMSU and the University engages with companies that we consider unethical or unsustainable.To move that a working group to investigate and develop policy around the promotion of unsustainable and unethical companies on campus be formed
Moved: Kate Denver-Stevenson            Seconded: Lizzie Nicholson
CARRIED

On the 15th of March 2017, a Terms of Reference was approved by consensus at the working group.

The upcoming meetings of the Ethical Sponsorship Working Group are as followed:

Week Date Time Location Agenda
3 Wednesday 15th of March 2017 2pm OB Space, L1, Union House Agenda 1

UMSU Ethical Sponsorship Policy – Draft (V1)

5 Wednesday 29th of March 2017 2pm OB Space, L1, Union House Agenda 2(17)
7 Wednesday 12th of April 2017 2pm OB Space, L1, Union House Agenda 3

UMSU Ethical Sponsorship Policy – Draft (V2)

9 Wednesday 3rd of May 2017 2pm OB Space, L1, Union House  TBC
11 Wednesday 17th of May 2017 2pm OB Space, L1, Union House  TBC

The membership of the Working Group is as follows:

  • Lizzie Nicholson & Kate Denver-Stevenson (Environment Officers)
  • 2 additional Office Bearers OR Student Councillors
  • Esther Semo (Advertising & Sponsorship Officer, UMSU Communications)
  • Any student interested in attending this working group is welcome to attend
Minutes from 2017
Minutes from 2016

Music Working Group (MWG)

The MWG was established by the following resolution of meeting 2(17) of Students Council on the 7th of March 2017.

That UMSU Students’ Council endorses the creation of a Music Culture on Campus Working Group.
This Working Group will report back to council when the Terms of Reference have been discussed and decided upon by the Working Group
Mover: Yasmine Luu (Chair)
CARRIED

A Terms of Reference was approved by consensus at the working group, this Terms of Reference has not been approved by Students’ Council as of yet.

The Music Working Group meets on Tuesdays at 12pm on odd weeks (Week 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11), and Thursdays at 2pm on even weeks (Week 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12).
Apollo Health Music SocietyThe membership of the working Group will comprise of members of the UMSU music clubs:

  • Biomedicine Students’ Orchestra
  • Chinese Music Group
  • Choral Society
  • Engineering Music Society
  • Music Students’ Society
  • Ring of Choir Also;
    As well as,
  • The UMSU President or nominee
  • The UMSU General Secretary or nominee
  • The UMSU Activities Officers
  • The VCA Coordinator
  • The UMSU Creative Arts Officers
Minutes from 2017
  • Minutes 1(17) – 28/2/2017
  • Minutes 2(17) – 9/3/2017
  • Minutes 3(17) – 14/3/2017
  • Minutes 4(17) – CANCELLED
  • Minutes 5(17) – 30/3/2017 (moved to Thursday)

National Union of Students Working Group (NUSWG)

At Students’ Council meeting 3(17) on the 24th of January 2017, elected Delegates for the National Union of Students National Conference submitted reports that included recommendations to create a National Union of Students Working Group. These recommendations were made by Sinead Manning and Yan Zhuang, NUS Delegates as well as Education (Public Affairs) Officer and President respectively.

These recommendations are outlined below:

Yan Zhuang – I believe the NUS needs serious reform if it’s to have any hope of credibility. In the coming year, UMSU needs to determine how it continues to engage with NUS, and to that end, I’d like to recommend that UMSU establish a NUS working group, with the aim of exploring both the most effective ways of engaging with the NUS in order to make our voice heard, and possibilities for reforming the NUS. The working group should contain the the following members: the UMSU President and General Secretary, the seven NUS delegates elected for Natcon 2016 and the NUS Campus representative. A system should also be put in place to allow other students to voice their opinions, potentially through a submission process.

Sinead Manning – That Students Council establish an NUS Working Group. This group will consist of the University of Melbourne’s campus rep as a non-voting member, and Chair; this year’s delegates, the UMSU General Secretary or nominee, and President or nominee and one representative of the autonomous departments of UMSU as voting members. Members of NUS Executive who are also University of Melbourne Students are non-voting members of the Working Group. The purpose of the working group would be to examine the continuing relationship between UMSU and the NUS before presenting Students Council with a report of their findings in six months.

After these recommendations were voiced and after much discussion which can be found in the Minutes for Meeting 3 of 2017 the following motion was passed:

To accept Sinead Manning’s NUS Delegate report, and recommendations listed here: That Students Council lobbies the NUS National Conference to allow student media to film proceedings, with an opt-out option during autonomous chapters. That Students Council support and work alongside Caleb Triscari in his role as Campus Representative. That Students Council establish an NUS Working Group. The purpose of the working group would be to examine the continuing relationship between UMSU and the NUS before presenting Students Council with a report of their findings in six months.

Mover: Sinead Manning                                     Seconder: Yasmine Luu

CARRIED

On the 16th of February 2017, a Terms of Reference was approved by consensus at the working group.
The membership of the Working Group is as follows:

  • the University of Melbourne’s campus rep as a non-voting member and Chair;
  • this year’s NUS delegates (elected at the 2016 election) as voting members.
  • the UMSU General Secretary or nominee as a voting member
  • the UMSU President or nominee as a voting member
  • one representative of the UMSU autonomous departments as a voting member
  • one representative from the UMSU Environment Department as a voting member
  • Members of NUS Executive who are also University of Melbourne Students are non-voting members of the Working Group.
Minutes from 2017

Accessibility Action Plan Working Group (AAP)

The AAPWG was established by the following resolution of meeting 6(16) of Students’ Council, and is chaired by Susan Hewitt.

Motion 6: That the DAP working group consist of the Disabilities OBs (or nominees), Disability Rep on Council, President or nominees and 2 Staff representatives (GM’s nominees)

Mover: James Bashford
Seconder: James Baker
CARRIED WITHOUT DISSENT

The membership of the Working Group is as follows:

  • Cassandra Prigg & Alston Chu (Disabilities OBs)
  • Michael Bhatti (Students with Disabilities Representative on Students’ Council)
  • Yan Zhuang (President)
  • Susan Hewitt (CHAIR) & Stephanie Dibattista (Staff Nominees)

The first meeting was held on June 21st with the next meeting to be held on Thursday the 20th of April 2017, at 3pm. The agenda can be found here.

Minutes