The ANU Postgraduate and Research Students’ Association (PARSA) is the officially recognized body representing the more than 11,000 postgraduate students enrolled at Australian National University. It works to the following vision: to be an inclusive, diverse, and representative community of postgraduate students who advocate for students. PARSA has three pillars which guide its work: advocacy, welfare and community-building.
The Postgraduate Representative Council (PRC)
The Postgraduate Representative Council (PRC) is PARSA’s governing body and is elected annually by the ANU postgraduate student body. The PRC is made up of 4 Executive Officers, 8 Portfolio Officers, 2 representatives from each of the Colleges, and 5 General Representatives from across the University.
The PRC meets at least six times a year to discuss relevant issues, delegate responsibilities to its members and report back on any task progress.
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.
PARSA employs the following staff to assist the PRC.
- General Manager
- Administrative Assistant
- Student Assistance Officer
- Communications, Marketing and Events Co-ordinator
- Events and Volunteer Assistant
- Financial Controller (part-time)
- Lawyer (part-time)
- Advocacy and Engagement Officer
PARSA also share two staff with ANUSA, the ANU undergraduate students’ association:
- Principal Lawyer (part-time)
- Student Assistance Officer
To contact a staff member, call the office on 6125 4187 or email email@example.com.