Leadership

What is the Postgraduate Representative Council (PRC)

The governing body of PARSA is the Postgraduate Representative Council (PRC). The PRC consists of 32 members, which forms the board of PARSA. As well as governance, the members of the PRC contribute to the operations of PARSA and are a key support for postgraduate students.

The PRC is elected annually by the membership, and provides direction and oversight of the Association. It meets at least six times a year and consists of:

  1. The Executive: President, Vice-President, Treasurer and General Secretary
  2. Nine Portfolio Officers: Communications, Education, Environment, Equity, Indigenous, International, Social, and Women’s, and the recently constituted Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Officer
  3. Two representatives from each of the seven ANU Colleges; and
  4. Five General Representatives

PARSA is a relatively centralised organisation with all Officers reporting directly to the President, and is overseen by the Executive team which consists of President, Vice President, Treasurer and General Secretary, which meets regularly to ensure the smooth operations of the Association.

 

Role descriptions

Executive Officers (contact details)

The Executive is made up of the President, Vice President, Treasurer and General Secretary, and any other PRC members selected by the President. Executive Team members provide greater management oversight of the financial, legal and strategic activity of the organisation than that of non-Executive PRC members, and contribute to the decision-making of the organisation on an operational level.

The Executive is a committee of the PRC. The full PRC holds the Executive team members accountable for their decisions at PRC meetings,
as does the membership at the Annual General Meeting. Each member of the PRC is collectively responsible for any decision made by the
Executive Team and their fellow Board members.

Executive Team meetings are chaired by the President and attended by the Executive team, the General Manager, and any other staff or officers the President invites to attend. It typically meets weekly, but at minimum a week or two before each PRC meeting, and when necessary. These meetings usually run for two hours, with an additional 1-2 hours required to prepare and read papers ahead of the meeting. Attendance at PRC and executive meetings is mandatory.

 

Portfolio Officers (contact details)

Portfolio Officers have principal responsibility for their portfolio. 

Officers need to hold regular office hours and be available to members, officers, and PARSA and University staff for Association-related business for 10 or more hours per week during term-time. 

 

College Representatives (contact details)

Two College Representatives are elected by students from their respective colleges, and are primarily responsible for supporting and advocating for students in their college.

College Representatives will need to hold regular office hours and be available to members, officers, and PARSA and University staff for Association-related business for two or more hours per week during term-time.

 

General Representatives (contact details)

General Representatives are primarily responsible for advocating on issues related to the general student population

The successful candidate will need to hold regular office hours and be available to members, officers, and PARSA and University staff for Association-related business for 10 or more hours per week during term-time.

 

Staff

PARSA employs the following staff to assist the PRC.

  • Operations Manager
  • Administration and Project Officer
  • Student Assistance Officer
  • Communications and Marketing Director
  • Events and Volunteer Director
  • Advocacy and Engagement Officer
  • Financial Controller (part-time)
  • Lawyer (part-time)
  • SEEF Administrator (casual)
  • SUAW Assistants (casual)

PARSA also share one staff member with ANUSA, the ANU undergraduate students’ association:

  • Student Assistance Officer

To contact a staff member, call the office on 6125 4187 or email parsa@anu.edu.au.

Contact PARSA

PARSA Office
Melville Hall, Building 12
Ellery Crescent
Australian National University
Canberra ACT 2601

Office Hours:

9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday (except public holidays)
Call Us: +61 (02) 6125 4187
Write to Us: parsa@anu.edu.au