Information about elected positions on University bodies.
Elections for staff and student elected positions on Academic Board and RMIT Council are administered by the Returning Officer. These elections are usually held in the third quarter each academic year. Student members are elected on an annual basis, and staff members are elected biennially or in the case of Council, every three years.
The following links provide information on the status of elections currently underway, and also the electoral process generally.
Whenever an election is to be held, the Returning Officer issues a notice of election and call for nominations to the relevant electorate. This page is the primary channel for RMIT election-related information.
The Returning Officer conducts a ballot where the number of nominations for a vacancy exceeds the number of positions to be filled.
The requirements governing the conduct of RMIT Council and Academic Board elections as University Elections are set out within the Elections Regulations. Elections for other Boards or committees may also be governed by the provisions of the regulation where they have been determined by the Vice-Chancellor or the University Secretary to be University Elections. Contact the Returning Officer by email to firstname.lastname@example.org for further advice on determinations.
What the elected positions involve
RMIT Council is the governing body of the University; its responsibilities are set out within the RMIT Act 2010 (PDF 342kb) and include oversight and review of the management, performance and corporate activities of the University. Visit the RMIT Council page for further information on Council and its committees.
The Academic Board is the peak academic body of the University, with statutory responsibility for making recommendations to Council on the delivery of programs and development of academic policies and procedures in higher education and vocational education. Visit the Academic Board page for further information on the Board and its committees.
Elected staff and student members of RMIT Council and the Academic Board are not elected as representatives of their electorates. Rather, members bring a much valued staff and student perspective to the deliberations of these high-level governing bodies of the University.
The role of University Secretary
The University Secretary or nominee plays a central governance role in the management of elections across the university. Visit Resources for Returning Officers (staff login) for further information. In practice, the University Secretary nominates a senior official with relevant expertise to conduct elections for the University.
RMIT University collects, retains and discloses your information including your name, student or staff ID number, and any candidate information (statement and photograph) provided, through the election process for the purpose of identifying candidates for eligibility to participate in selected elections. If you submit a statement and/or photograph as part of your nomination, these will be provided to the electorate to assist them with voting. Candidates may amend their information or withdraw their nomination in writing to email@example.com. For further information on how we handle personal information, please refer to the RMIT Privacy Statement.
The Returning Officer, University Elections can be contacted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.