WHEN: 12PM, Friday May 21st
WHERE: South Lawn
Click ‘going’ to our event here!
School Strike 4 Climate (SS4C) has called a #ClimateStrike for May 21. Melbourne Uni staff and students will turn out in force to join the rally in the city. Workers and students are mobilising to demand that the Morrison Government #FundOurFutureNotGas:
1. Resource Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led solutions that guarantee land rights and care for country.
2. Fund the creation of jobs that fast track solutions to the climate crisis and help communities recover.
3. Fund Projects that transition our economy and communities to 100% renewable energy by 2030, through expanded public ownership.
Speakers list: TBA
We acknowledge that we are based on the unceded lands of the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nations. We reaffirm that no vision of environmental justice is complete without First Nations justice. We pay our respect to their elders past and present. This land was, is and always will be, Aboriginal land. Sovereignty was never ceded.

The Climate Emergency has accelerated under the pandemic, with floods and bushfires ravaging the east coast. Despite this, Scott Morrison and the Liberals plan to pour billions into new gas projects around the country, trampling over unceded Aboriginal land and locking in decades of disastrous carbon emissions.
We cannot rely on this government and the market to implement a fair and just transition to renewables. Two major renewables projects (the Port Augusta solar thermal plant in SA and the Portland wind turbine factory in Victoria) have fallen through because the government refused to fund them when private investors pulled out.
We need to stop the Climate Emergency with a Climate Powered Recovery. That means forcing the government to directly invest in building 100% renewable energy by 2030, with planned shutdowns of existing fossil fuel plants. If we are to make this target in time, public investment in a mass rollout is the only way.
Our new renewable energy system must be publicly owned and operated by unionised labour, to preserve jobs, conditions and cost of living. We must guarantee that no worker loses out as a result of this transition. We cannot have a repeat of the rushed transition at Hazelwood, which left hundreds of coal plant workers jobless and with no alternative work.
We must tax the rich to pay for the transition. Mining billionaire Gina Rinehart, Australia’s richest person, doubled her wealth to $29 billion under the pandemic. Scott Morrison has just committed $90 billion to a new fleet of attack submarines. This money should be poured into renewables, public transit and sustainability research.
First Nations voices and rights must be at the forefront of the just transition. There should be no new developments without permission from Traditional Owners, so that travesties like the destruction of Wiradjuri artefacts by solar company METKA EGN are not repeated. The Government must commit to funding Indigenous land management programmes. We stand with the Indigenous resistance to new fossil projects at Narrabri, Beetaloo and elsewhere.
Help us spread this climate strike across our campus so we can give the school strikers a massive show of support on May 21. Get involved with the Enviro Collective and invite your friends, classmates, club mates, housemates, students, tutors and lecturers to strike on the day. 

🧚‍♀️🥤UMSU Queer are hosting a Fairy Bread and Bubble Teas Fundraiser!🧚‍♀️🥤
🌈Come along to Union Lawn on Thurs 20 May to enjoy delicious study break treats of fairy bread and refreshing bubble teas!🌈 These treats will be raising money for a number of mental health organisations, including Switchboard Victoria, which is a not-for-profit organisation providing support & counselling services for LGBTIQA+ people, their families and communities.🌟
If you can’t make it in person and want to get involved, you can still donate online (🤩
💥When: 20 May, 2-4pm
💥Where: Marquee at Union Lawn

Enviro 🤝 Welfare = 😎🍽

Love food? Need a lunch buddy? Want to know more about the Environment and Welfare departments? Then head to our Hopin Session at 12PM, Tuesday 23rd Feb and cook along with us! 

We’ll be preparing and cooking up ingredients for a some bangin’, sustainable Viet spring rolls. Hop in (😏) to the ‘Sessions’ section of Hopin and chat with us about anything everything! Give us dumb hypotheticals, ask us funny questions, and join in our convo! See ya there.

Event location: ‘Sessions’ section of Hopin

Time & date: 12-1PM, Tuesday 23rd February

Facebook event link: TBC

We acknowledge that this event will be hosted on stolen Wurundjeri land and that sovereignty was never ceded. The Enviro and Welfare department pays its respects to elders past, present and emerging.

SummerFest Online: 23 & 25 February from 11am to 2pm

Meet your student representatives and learn more about your UMSU departments!

It would be kind of weird if the student union wasn’t actually run by students, right? There are a bunch of student representatives who work around the clock to ensure the activities and opportunities available to you are as fun and relevant as possible. Basically every area of uni life (and life in general) is covered by one of these departments. Hosted on Hopin (more info below) you can cruise around the virtual booths to chat with your student reps, learn more about UMSU’s departments or discover the perfect Club for you to find your new uni pals!


  • Some of the super-fun things you’ll see in the booths, on stages, in conversations and workshops at SummerFest Online
  • Details on how to join the SummerFest Online event in Hopin (hint – get setup in advance!)
  • Tips on how to make your SummerFest Online experience flow without those annoying glitches that technology likes to throw at us.
  • Important info about the hows and whys we’re hosting SummerFest Online in 2021


Here’s some of the awesome stuff you can expect:

23 Feb


🌟 11.00-11:15am: Head to the stage for the Welcome to Country with Aunty Di Kerr

🌟 11:30-11:55am: Stars from Union House Theatre  playreading an excerpt from the 2019 UHT production ‘The Lonely Crowd’

🌟 12:30–1:00pm:  Interview with Clea, the Students with Disabilities Representative on Students’ Council

🎸 1.00pm: Australian punk rockers Yours Truly performing an exclusive acoustic set just for YOU



🌟 11:30am–12pm: Cook simple meals on a student budget in Cultural Cooking with UMSU’s POC and International departments.

🌟  12.00-1:00pm: Cook Vietnamese spring rolls with UMSU’s Enviro and Welfare departments



🌟 11:00am-12:45pm: Pre recorded Q & A with artists about their experience with Arts Programs

🌟 11.15am – 2pm: Chat and Zine-make with Media! Join your Media reps as they make zines, and tell you all about their department.

🌟 11:20-2:00pm: Get to know your Queer department at their booth and play Queer Game Stream

🌟 11:20am-2:00pm: ‘Where Art Thou’! Join your Creative Arts student reps in their live crafty corner for some sweet serARTonin!

🌟 11:30am-12:00pm: Chat with UMSU’s Disability department about what they’ve got planned for this semester.

🌟  11:30am-2:00pm: UMSU Education Public Affairs present: Get to know the department, get involved and ask questions!!

🌟 12:30–1:30pm: Learn about dismantling racism at the People of Colour Active Anti-Racism workshop. *This workshop is non-autonomous, and non-POC people are encouraged to attend.

🌟 12:45-1:00pm: Let’s Talk Tech – Join the UHT team to chat through processes for designing for the stage.

🌟 1:00-1:30pm: Q&A with Brigit and Lindsay the Disability Officers.

🌟 1:00-1:45pm: Intro to Feminist Collectives: live workshop with the Women’s department

🌟 1:00-1:45pm: Welfare Kahoot trivia competition – getting to know the Welfare Department (with prizes!)


25 Feb


🌟 11.00-11:15am: Head to the stage for the Welcome to Country with Uncle Dave Wandin

🌟 11:30-11:55am: Stars from Union House Theatre playreading an excerpt from the 2019 UHT production ‘The Lonely Crowd’

🌟 12:30–1:00pm:  Interview with Clea, the Students with Disabilities Representative on Students’ Council

🎸 1.00pm: Australian punk rockers Yours Truly performing an exclusive acoustic set just for YOU



🌟12:00-12:30pm: Queer x Disabilities Panel

🌟1:30-2:00pm: Media x Women’s Workshop/Live Discussion on Representation of Women/Non-Binary People of Colour in the Arts.



🌟 11:15am-1:00pm: Pre recorded Q & A with artists about their experience with Arts Programs

🌟 11:15am-2:00pm: Get to know your Queer department at their booth and play Queer Game Stream

🌟 11:15am-2:00pm: ‘Where Art Thou’ – Join your Creative Arts student representatives in their live crafty corner and get some of that sweet, sweet serARTonin!

🌟 11.15am – 1pm: Chat and Zine-make with Media! Join your Media reps as they make zines, and tell you all about their department.

🌟 11:30am-12pm: Find out about the Disabilities department and their upcoming events

🌟 11:30am-12pm: Welfare Kahoot trivia competition – UMSU and University hacks (with prizes!)

🌟 12:00-1:00pm: Enviro Tree-via, a fun kahoot quiz with the Enviro department

🌟 12:30-2:00pm: Kahoot with UMSU EdPub with questions relating to activism, UniMelb, Australian politics and more.

🌟12:45-1:00pm: Let’s Talk Performance – Come chat with UHT team about performance opportunities available to you.

🌟1:00-1:30pm: Q&A with Lindsay and Brigit the Disability officers for 2021.


How to join the SummerFest Online Hopin event.

(STEP 1) Open the event link:

  • Event link for SummerFest Online – 23 February is here
  • Event link for SummerFest Online – 25 February is here 

(STEP 2) Create a login using your UniMelb student email address, and ensure you read the Code of Conduct for participating in the event.

(STEP 3) Click ‘UMSU SummerFest Online’

(STEP 4) Click ‘Enter event’

(STEP 5) Access the different sections via the toolbar on the left:

Stage: Check out the fantastic line up of entertainment. Featured content will be presented like the Welcome to Country, UMSU President’s address, and more

Sessions:  A selection of live sessions with your student representatives which occur at scheduled times throughout the event.

Expo: Browse the various Clubs and Departments or use the search function to look for something specific.  Click on one of the virtual booths to join that space.

Networking:  Meet other students and your student representatives. Click on the Ready button for a minute or two of brief chat with another student chosen at random. After the chat, if you both agree, you’ll have the option to exchange contact details so you can stay connected with the person you have just talked to.  


Tips for the best event experience:

  • Use Chrome or Firefox as your internet browser
  • Use your desktop or laptop rather than phone
  • Close your other apps and internet tabs if you’re experiencing lag
  • Refresh your page if you get stuck

Keep an eye on the UMSU SummerFest page and follow UMSU on on Facebook and Instagram to stay across important updates, free events you don’t want to miss, and the occasional spicy meme.



Got more questions? Check out the SummerFest Hopin FAQs here and READ THE VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION BELOW:

Based on public health advice and the University of Melbourne’s  implementation of social distancing measures, UMSU continues to host the majority of our events online.

For the limited number of in person events, happening on campus, we continue to undertake continues government-recommended measures for all of our in-person events. If you’re coming to campus, make sure you carefully read the unimelb guidelines so you know your responsibilities to help us keep our campuses safe for everyone. Don’t come to campus if you are unwell.  Find out more about coming to campus on the UniMelb coming to campus page. Make sure you complete the online health declaration before coming as we may need proof of completion to enter UMSU events and spaces.

We also understand that this is a difficult and stressful time for everyone and we encourage you to check in on each other, help each other out where possible, and to continue to monitor and comply with public health advice. Additional information is available on the Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services and Australian Government Department of Health websites.

We urge everyone to continue to follow the advice of government health authorities with regard to maintaining good hygiene practices. Additional information is available on the Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services and Australian Government Department of Health websites.


The Yoga Place Melbourne are collaborating with UMSU Welfare to bring you their amazing classes, all semester, for free! These classes are a great way to relax, rejuvenate and exercise all in one. Whether you’re a seasoned yogi or discovering yoga for the first time, these classes are for you 🔥  No experience necessary!


Wednesdays at 5.30pm
🔥 To get your free pass!🔥
– Email The Yoga Place a copy of your valid student card to (you only need to email them once, and then they will keep this on file for future sessions)
– Book the Wednesday 5.30pm Melbourne Uni Student class on their timetable page with your free pass.
– You will be emailed a zoom link to attend the online class. Please ensure your zoom name is the same name as your student card.

Thandi Phoenix — Flash Gig!

Online, Live & Free for Bands, Bevs & BBQs

*Live music starts at 1pm
*BYO lunch and bevs

We are SO excited to bring the incredible Thandi Phoenix to you for a surprise performance for Bands, Bevs & BBQs online during Stress Less Week! Take a break from study with her soulful live set, ~get your groove on~ at home and head back into your afternoon of Zoom tutorials feeling re-energised (and also slightly jealous because her voice is so amazing!).


🍺 From 1-2pm on Tuesday 26 May
🍔 Tune in at 1pm by clicking on the Live video which will appear on the UMSU Activities page! We’ll also share it in the event here.


The first thing that strikes you about Thandi Phoenix is her voice.

Powerful, soulful and honest, her vocals will stop you in your tracks. At just 26, the Sydney singer-songwriter has been touted as “one of Australia’s most promising up and comers”, with songs that blend pop with electronica and raw, honest storytelling. With full adds from Triple J and Commercial radio play across the board, Phoenix’s message is carried through her charming and poised vocal delivery, staying true to the soulful roots she draws frequently upon.

Her powerhouse vocal and prowess as an artist have also seen Thandi called on by some of Australia’s biggest talents: From there she has been asked to perform alongside Illy and Dunerats at ABC’s The Set as well as top-tier festivals like Snow Tunes, This That, Spilt Milk and Curveball. Her set at Splendour in the Grass 2019 was hailed by Triple J as the Saturday Standout performance labelling it as ‘all class from front to end’. She has most recently been asked to perform alongside legendary One Republic at the NRL Grand Final, bringing her front and centre to the Australian stage.

Thandi has been capturing audiences and new fans through her electric performances and killer tracks; don’t miss Thandi Phoenix as she finished 2019 with a firm exclamation by releasing her self-titled debut EP.


Play With Your Food: Stress Less Week

Play with your food is back for Stress Less Week but we’re moving it online! All are welcome to this online dinner party. We’ll all cook up a pantry storm then come together for an online dinner party and discussion about food politics!

🍽 From 7:00pm our virtual dinner party will begin.
📅 Book your spot here:
🍳 Let us know what you’ve been cooking in iso here:

We’ll be posting a recipe you may like to cook before the event, but feel free to do your own thing too!

We would like to acknowledge that this event was organised on the stolen land of the Wurundjeri Peoples of the Kulin Nation. We would like to pay our respects to elders past present and emerging of this land on the lands from which participants will be calling in from. Sovereignty was never ceded. This always was and always will be Aboriginal Land.

Free Virtual Yogalates

The lovely folks at The Yoga Place studio are collaborating with UMSU Welfare to bring their amazing classes free to you for Stress Less Week! This class will combine Vinyasa Yoga and Pilates, an energetic and nourishing practice. Yogalates is inspired by Yoga and Pilates. It harnesses the physical and mental benefits of both practices, and its advocates describe it as a comprehensive exercise system to tone the core and improve flexibility. A great practice for the mind, body and soul!

All welcome, no prior experience required. Namaste!


(1) Hop onto The Yoga Place’s website:

(2) Click on the link to get the free pass. They have created a pass called: Melb Uni Student Free Pass | 6pm 2/6 & 9.30am 3/6.

(3) Instructions to book the classes and class descriptions are on the webpage. You will need to register your details on the Mindbody app/account.

(4) You’re all registered! Join the class via the Mindbody app/account and get your zen on.

Find out more about The Yoga Place on their website:

About instructor San San:

San San is a Pilates and Yoga instructor in Melbourne. In her class, she focuses on gluteus activation and core muscle engagement to strengthen abdominal. Her exercise routine is dynamic and motivated. She believes a good Pilates alignment and postures can help ease lower back issues. Previously an engineer and now a mother to two young kids, her slogan in life is “ Stay Strong, Stay Positive”.