Role descriptions

Structure

Below is the structure of the committee and the positions available for election, it is advisable to talk to the current elected officer of a position you are interested in to gain insight into what the role involves:

Officers of the Association

(a) President;

(b) Vice President;

(c) General Secretary;

(d) Equity Officer;

(e) Coursework Officer;

(f) Higher Degree by Research Officer;

(g) First Nations Officer;

(h) International Officer;

(i) Social Officer;

(j) Queer Officer;

(k) Disabilities Officer;

(l) Wellbeing Officer;

(m) Women’s Officer;

(n) Parents and Carers Officer;

(o) Environmental Officer.

And, for each ANU College, there are two (2) College Representatives (14 officers).

 

The Senior Officers of the Council form the Executive Committee:

(a) President;

(b) Vice President;

(c) General Secretary;

(d) Coursework Officer;

(e) Higher Degree by Research Officer;

(f) Equity Officer; and

(g) Social Officer.

 

What position can I nominate for?

If you are a member of PARSA, a postgraduate or higher degree by research student at ANU, and you will not be graduating in 2022, you can nominate for positions in the PRC, positions are compensated via a stipend payment.

The PARSA Student Representaive structure is as follows:

*Please note that following the 2021 calendar year, the Policy and Research Officer position will be made redundant. We will not be electing a Policy and Research position during the upcoming 2021 election period.

 

 

For more information about PARSA's structure and position descriptions, click here. A brief summary is also listed below. 

  • President (35 hours per week): The President is responsible for the good governance, leadership and direction of the organisation, the effective representation of students to the University and beyond, and being the “face and voice” of PARSA to members, the University and the wider community.
  • Vice President (20 hours per week): The Vice President’s key responsibilities include leading the organisation’s work on key organisational projects, advocacy and campaigning, and ensuring that the postgraduate student voice is being heard and acted upon by the University and beyond. The Vice President will also provide crucial support for the President, often taking charge for critical projects of the Association and acting as the official representative of PARSA on key committees.
  • General Secretary (10 hours per week): The General Secretary has primary responsibility for helping ensure PARSA is a representative organisation through ensuring strong engagement with members and that sound governance procedures are adhered too.
  • Coursework Officer (14 hours per week): The Coursework Officer will work closely with the Higher Degree by Research and the Education Committee to ensure that the needs of coursework students are represented in PARSA’s advocacy work on academic issues, at the university, college, school and classroom level.
  • Higher Degree by Research Officer (14 hours per week): The HDR Officer will work closely with the Coursework Officer, and Education Committee to ensure that the needs of HDR students are represented in PARSA’s advocacy work on academic issues, at the university, college, school and classroom level.
  • Equity Officer (14 hours per week): The Equity Officer is primarily responsible for advocating, and supporting Officers under the Equity portfolio, to effectively advocate on issues and undertake activities to support issues related to these groups. Always with respect for the wishes of these groups, and the Officers that represent them, the Equity Officer manages and supports the efforts of the First Nations, Disability, International, Queer, and Women’s Officers.
  • Social Officer (5 hours per week): The Social Officer is primarily responsible for developing ideas and helping ensure the successful execution of events and activities that help build and maintain a strong postgraduate community.
  • *First Nation's Officer (5 hours per week): The First Nations Officer is primarily responsible for devising and leading the organisation’s work on issues related to First Nation postgraduate students.
  • *International Officer (5 hours per week): The International Officer has principal responsibility for devising and leading the organisation’s work on issues affecting international postgraduate students at ANU. This must be done in consideration of the diversity of PARSA’s international student population.
  • *Queer Officer (5 hours per week):The Queer Officer has principal responsibility for devising and leading the organisation’s work on issues related to queer students. This role is largely focused on building community and devising advocacy actions for PARSA.
  • *Disabilities Officer (5 hours per week):The Disabilities Officer has principal responsibility for devising and leading the organisation’s work on issues related to students with a disability. This is largely focused on building community and devising advocacy actions for PARSA.
  • Wellbeing Officer (5 hours per week):The Wellbeing Officer has principal responsibility for devising and leading the organisation’s work on issues related to the welfare and wellbeing of students. This role is largely focused on building community and devising advocacy actions for PARSA.
  • *Womens Officer (5 hours per week):The Women’s Officer has principal responsibility for devising and leading the organisation’s work issues affecting women.
  • *Parents and Carers Officer (5 hours per week):The Parents and Carers Officer has principal responsibility for devising and leading the organisation’s work on issues related to students who hold responsibilities of parenting or caring. This role is largely focused on building community and devising advocacy actions for PARSA.
  • Environmental Officer (5 hours per week):The Environmental Officer has principal responsibility for devising and leading the organisation’s work on environmental issues. This incudes, considering the reducing of the environmental impact ANU has on campus; behaviour and attitudinal change for students; and advocating for ANU to be a global leader in environmental action.
  • (12) College Officers (5 hours per month):College Representatives are primarily responsible for supporting and advocating for students in their college. Working as a team of two college representatives per college, the key tasks are to respond to ANU and Government policy as well as being proactive in providing proposals to better the student experience.

 

Postgraduate Member on ANU Council

As the Postgraduate Member on ANU Council, they must attend University Council meetings and are invited to attend PRC meetings. The Postgraduate Member on the ANU Council, can also nominate for positions on the Postgraduate Representative Council.

Note: A member of PARSA can only stand for one of the positions in any election.

 

* There are two College Officer for each ANU College – Arts and Social Sciences, Asia and the Pacific, Business and Economics, Engineering and Computer Science, Law, Health and Medicine and Science

*To nominate as First Nation’s, International, Queer, Disabilities, Women’s and Parents and Carers Officer you must self-identify as a member of that group.

*You can only nominate as College Officer for the ANU College you are enrolled in.

Contact PARSA

PARSA Office
Level 2, Di Riddell Student Centre
Kambri Precinct
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