Nominations Student Election

The election is governed by the UTS Students’ Association Constitution as amended and the Election Regulation as amended. Copies are available at the Association Office at Broadway.

This summary is taken from the principal documents and should be read very CAREFULLY.

1. Eligibility

Any person who is a registered student at UTS is eligible to stand for election and to vote. For some positions there are additional requirements for persons wishing to stand and/or vote. They are:

o   Postgraduate Officer to be elected by and from postgraduate students

o   Women’s Officer to be elected by and from women students

o   Overseas Students’ Officer to be elected by and from students who hold a current Overseas Student Visa.

o   An Australian Indigenous Officer to be elected by and from Australian Indigenous Students

o   Campus positions to be elected by and from students where the particular campus is the principal place of study.

Candidates and nominators must all be eligible to vote in the particular position they are standing for, or nominating someone for.

A student can only nominate 1 candidate per position.

The Vertigo Editorial Team

The production and content of Vertigo is the sole responsibility of an editorial team of at least 2 elected annually by the student body. Candidates for the Vertigo editorial team must complete individual nomination forms, and a List registration form.

2. How to nominate

ALL CANDIDATES MUST READ THE ELECTION REGULATIONS WHICH GOVERN THE RUNNING OF THE ELECTION. These are available from the Students’ Association Office at Broadway and on UTSSA website from 


The nomination of a candidate for election shall be made in writing on the Nomination Form, signed by three (3) students eligible to vote and countersigned by the candidate indicating her/his willingness to accept the nomination. Nomination forms (with all relevant sections completed) must be delivered by email to the Returning Officer, OR by hand to the Association Office at Broadway.

Policy Statements

Candidates may also submit a policy statement and a photograph for identification to appear in the election edition of Vertigo (this is not compulsory but advised).

Photos may be cropped by the Returning Officer. Emailed photos should be in JPEG format.

Each candidate may submit a policy statement before the close of nominations; the maximum length in words is:

    President 500 words

    Treasurer / Secretary 500 words

    Womens’ Officer 350 words

    Overseas Students’ Officer 350 words

    Australian Indigenous Officer 350 words

    Campus Convenors 350 words

    Editors of Vertigo 400 words

   All other candidates 250 words,

    List Statements - A list may have a list statement not longer than the total of their individual entitlements;

    any surplus may be assigned to individual candidates by the list.

Policy Statements must not be in breach of electoral Regulation 17.1.7 which states that all members and associates of the Students’ Association are prohibited from:

           Making any misleading statement in oral or written form

Candidates who wish to nominate for more than one position should submit separate nomination forms and should indicate their preference for each position to the Returning Officer.

3. Group Nominations (Lists/Tickets)

Group nominations are possible where there is more than one position available for a particular office, for example Student Representative Councillors where there are 10 positions. When a number of people wish to be grouped together they may run under a common name and policy statement.

Candidates who wish to be grouped together by mutual consent on the Ballot Paper must first complete an individual nomination form with three nominators and then signify their willingness to be part of a List by signing the List Grouping Form which must be submitted along with all the nominations for persons on the list prior to the close of nominations.

Any person nominated as a list agent should be aware that it is their responsibility to be contactable at all times by the Returning Officer, and to pass on to the candidates on their list any information given to them by the Returning Officer.

4. Submitting Nominations

Nomination forms, policy statements, photographs and List Registration forms may be emailed to the Returning Officer no later than 2pm Tuesday 3 September 2019 or alternatively, may be received at the Association Office at Broadway, from 12noon to 2pm on Tuesday 3 September 2019.

NOMINATIONS CLOSE AT 2PM ON TUESDAY 3rd SEPTEMBER 2019. No material will be accepted after this time.

5. Draw of Positions on the Ballot Paper.

This will take place at 4pm Tuesday 3rd September 2019 at the Association Office Broadway. List Agents should be present or represented at the draw. Candidates may also be present.

6. Candidates Meeting

A candidates meeting will be held at the Students’ Association Office, Broadway following the draw for ballot paper positions on 3rd September. At this meeting Candidates, List Agents and Students of UTS will have the opportunity to discuss any aspects of the election with the Returning Officer. If you are unable to attend you may contact the Returning Officer by email or phone.

It is important that candidates receive this information – if you cannot attend the meeting please contact the Returning Officer.

7. Behaviour During the Election

Aggressive, offensive, racist, sexist, or intimidatory behaviour or material from candidates or their supporters will not be tolerated.

8. Further Information

Any questions you may have can be directed to the Returning Officer on 0432 218 026.

Philip Binns
Returning Officer

Want to get involved? Download the candidate nomination and/or list registration form below.