2020 elections

Notice of elections 2020

Student-elected member of Council

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.

Term of appointment

Term of appointment is for a one-year period, commencing 1 November 2020 and concluding 31 October 2021.

Eligibility to nominate

All eligible persons may self-nominate by completing the online nomination form.

To be eligible, a person must:

  • be enrolled as a student of RMIT University for the duration of the term of appointment and maintain an enrolment load of at least .5EFTSL, or hold a university approved absence for a student leadership role;
  • have maintained an enrolment load of at least .5 EFTSL over the year preceding the term of office, or hold a university approved absence for a student leadership role; and           
  • be located in Australia; and
  • not be a director of another educational institution; and
  • satisfy the fit and proper person requirements specified by TEQSA
  • provide a statement that they will, during the election period, and if the successful candidate, during the term on Council, comply with the requirements of the RMIT Act 2010, the University's statute, regulations and policies, and the Council Charter, and will complete AICD training as determined by Council.

Completed nomination forms must be received by the Returning Officer no later than 12noon on Monday 12 October 2020.

Further information on the commitment, responsibilities, and requirements associated with being a student-elected member of Council can be found on the Information for Candidates page.

Any questions around the role or responsibilities can be directed to council.secretariat@rmit.edu.au

Questions around the electoral process can be directed to elections@rmit.edu.au

Academic Board and Standing Committees

The Academic Board is the principal academic governing body responsible for oversight of RMIT's academic affairs across the RMIT Group. The Academic Board has established four standing committees that provide advice and support to the Board: 

  • Programs Committee 
  • Higher Education Committee  
  • Vocational Education Committee 
  • Research Committee 

Information on the RMIT Academic Board and Standing Committees can be found on the Academic Board web page.

Term of appointment

The elected staff term of appointment is for a two-year period commencing 1 January 2021 and concluding 31 December 2022.

The elected student term is for a one-year period commencing 1 January 2021 and concluding 31 December 2021.

Eligibility requirements

Staff elected positions:

  • Academic staff means those higher education employees of the University within the meaning of the collective agreement or award that applies to Higher Education employees, appointed to an established position and being not less than 0.5 of a full-time position.  
  • Teaching staff means those VE employees of the University within the meaning of the collective agreement or award that applies to VE employees appointed to an established position and being not less than 0.5 of a full-time position.  
  • Professional staff means those professional, administrative, clerical, computing and technical employees of the University within the meaning of the applicable collective agreement or award appointed to an established position and being not less than 0.5 of a full-time position.
  • Employees occupying Executive Level 1, Head of School, Dean and Director positions are not precluded from nominating for the Academic Staff and Vocational Education Staff positions.

Student elected positions:

  • enrolled as a student of RMIT University for the duration of the term of appointment 

1. Call for nominations

Staff elections: Nominations will open at 12noon on the 22 September 2020 and close at 12noon on the 2 October 2020.  

Student elections: Nominations will open at 12noon on the 5 October 2020 and close at 12noon on the 12 October 2020.  

Late nominations will not be accepted after the close of nomination period.

2. How to Nominate

Candidates may self-nominate by completing and submitting the online nomination form before the close of nominations.

3. Withdrawal of Nomination

A nominee may, no later than three (3) academic days following the close of nominations withdraw their nomination by notice in writing to the Returning Officer via elections@rmit.edu.au.

4. Contested Election

Staff elections: In the event of a contested election an electronic ballot will be conducted from 6 October to 12 noon 15 October 2020.

Student elections: In the event of a contested election an electronic ballot will be conducted from 19 October to 12 noon 26 October 2020.

Contact

Council Returning Officer: Nicole Knight

Academic Board and Standing Committees Returning Officer: Rosy Peake
Email: elections@rmit.edu.au.

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