We did it!

Together, we’ve achieved this amazing landmark moment.

This moment belongs to everyone – to everyone who organised campaigns, who phone-banked and door-knocked and ran stalls, everyone who had a difficult conversation with a friend or family member, everyone who voted for a fairer and more equal society. Importantly, this moment is for everyone who was ever made to feel less than equal because of who they happen to love.

The last two months have been a dark time. This survey has brought out the worst in people and shown the cruelty that others are capable of. At the same time, it’s shown how much we can achieve when we stand together against prejudice and intolerance. Today, we have seen the change that can happen when young people mobilise about an issue they care about. We’ve seen how love trumps hate, and it’s absolutely amazing.

Yet, this is only one small step in the fight for equality, both for the LGBTI community and beyond. We need to keep fighting to make sure that Parliament passes a fair bill that supports equality and does not subject this community to further discrimination.

So please celebrate this victory for as long as you want – we have so much to be happy about. Hold onto that feeling and let it live as a reminder of the good things that happen when we stand together for each other.

When you’re ready, come and stand with us in tackling the many other issues facing marginalised and vulnerable groups right now. UMSU will always have your back and will continue to fight for equality for all. As long as the Government continues to enact policies that deny people their basic humanity, you can be the voice of change with us.

This plebiscite has shown that we can change the world when we stand together. So let’s do it again.

For today, we’d like to invite you all to a rainbow luncheon in the UMSU Student Bar from 2pm (Level 1, Union House).

Yan Zhuang
UMSU President

And if you need support, there are services available.

Even though the result is out, the debate will continue to rage on social media and in the media. It’s important for everyone to look after themselves and each other in this time. It’s okay to step away if you need a break.

  • UoM Counselling and Psychological Support: 8344 6927
  • UoM Safer Community Program: 9035 8675
  • UMSU Student Advocacy Service: 8344 6546
  • QLIFE: 1800 184 527
  • Beyond Blue: 1300 224 638

Polling stations for the 2015 annual student election will be open at the following times and locations:



9th Sept.

10th Sept.

11th Sept.

Union House (The Lounge,
formerly North Dining Room)

10.00am – 5.00pm

10.00am – 6.30pm

10.00am – 5.00pm

10.00am – 5.00pm

10.00am – 5.00pm

Baillieu Library Foyer

10.30am – 4.30pm

10.30am – 6.15pm

10.30am – 4.30pm

10.30am – 4.30pm

10.30am – 4.30pm

Southern Precinct – FBE Building

11.00am – 3.30pm

12.00pm – 5.30pm

11.00am – 3.30pm

11.00am – 3.30pm

11.00am – 3.30pm

  Murrup Barak To be confirmed

VCA Southbank Campus (Cafeteria)

11.00am – 3.00pm

11.00am – 3.00pm

11.00am – 3.00pm

Burnley Campus (Student Lounge)

 11.00am-  2.00pm 12.00-3.00pm


Those who are unable to attend a polling place may apply for a postal vote. Applications close at 5pm on Wednesday, 2nd September. Please call 8344 2438 or email ReturningOfficer@union.unimelb.edu.au for details.


Haydn Steel
Above Quota Elections Pty Ltd
Returning Officer

18 August 2014

UMSU International is the peak representative body of all international students in University of Melbourne. The current committee has been working hard for the welfare of international students and now it is your turn to take charge.

UMSU International is holding its Annual General Election for UMSU International Committee 2015/2016. The details are as follows:

Nomination Period

    • The nomination form is in International student lounge (2nd floor, Union House). Please submit the form with a copy of your student ID card.
    • Starts from 12pm, 6th April 2015 – 5pm, 27th April 2015
    • UMSU International student lounge

UMSU Intl AGE Regulations
UMSU International Committee Duties and powers
Nomination Form 2015

Information Session

  • Applicants  interested in running for the election are encouraged to attend this session to find out more about the role of each position and the election. The current committee member will explain their responsibilities.
  • Date: 14th April
  • Time: 12-2pm
  • Venue: Training Room 1 and 2 (Third Floor, Union House)

Policy Speech Session

  • The candidates will present a speech regarding their policy and all international students are encouraged to attend this session and ask questions.
  • Date: 6th May
  • Time: 12-2pm
  • Venue: Theater C, Old Arts Building

Voting Session

  • All international students are eligible to vote. To vote, please bring your student ID.
  • Date & Time: 12-5pm from 6th May to 8th May 2015
  • Venue: Mary Cooke Room B  and FBE Building (UMSU Info Desk)

 Current available positions

  • One (1) UMSU International President
  • One (1) UMSU International Vice-President (Education and Welfare)
  • One (1) UMSU International Vice-President (Cultural and Social)
  • One (1) UMSU International Secretary
  • One (1) UMSU International Treasurer
  • One (1) UMSU International Education and Welfare Director
  • One (1) UMSU International Cultural and Social Director
  • One (1) UMSU International Communications Director
  • One (1) UMSU International Human Resource Director
  • One (1) UMSU International Partnership and Sponsorship Director
  • Four (4) UMSU International Education and Welfare Officers
  • Five (5) UMSU International Activities Officers
  • Three (3) UMSU International Communications Officers
  • One (1) UMSU International Partnership and Sponsorship Officer

**Note: Australian PR or New Zealand PR can run for the following positions; Secretary, Treasurer, Director and Officer

Those with Australian Citizenship can only run for Director and officer positions.

For the role of each position, please find the UMSU International regulation located in UMSU International Student Lounge, 2nd floor of Union House.

For any inquiries, please contact

Jia Hui Ong jh_ong92@hotmail.com

Cindy Dessidia Gamal c.gamal@unimelb.edu.au