Who We Are

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 role of a PRC member is to act as a link between students in their areas and PARSA. 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.

All members of the PRC hold office from the moment they are declared the winner of their election until the next election for their position is completed.

Role descriptions

PARSA Executive Officers

The PARSA Executive is made up of the

  • President
  • Vice-President
  • General Secretary
  • Treasurer

It participates in the day-to-day management of the Association. 

Members elected to these roles commit significant time each week to the position and have a basic understanding of how student representative organisations work. Officers are paid an honoraria.

The executive team meets inbetween PRC meetings. Each of these positions carry with them considerable amounts of responsibility, including legal responsibility for PARSA’s $1.3m annual budget, negotiation with the University, running campaigns, and representing PARSA at a national and international level.

The Executives must work as a team to achieve the goals set by the PRC. They must be aware of the relevant laws governing their actions, and be aware of how to manage and interact with staff on a professional level.

Contact an Executive Officer


PARSA Officers

Officer's portfolios have an annual budgets of between $10,000 to $100,000. Officers are expected to regularly report to the PRC and to the Executive, to be accountable for their budget, to motivate and involve members in their activities, and demonstrate leadership.

Members elected to these roles must be able to commit significant time each week to the position, have a basic understanding of how student representative organisations work, and be accountable for their budgets. Officers are paid an honoraria.

It is desirable, although not necessary, that an Officer has a basic understanding or vision for their portfolio (i.e. Environment Officer has an understanding or interest in environmental matters).

Contact an Officer


College Representatives

Two College Representatives are elected by students from their respective colleges, and are expected to represent the members of their college in addition to the wider postgraduate community. 

These roles are most appropriate for students with some experience dealing with students representatives, student groups, colleges, or with university events on a small scale. This includes sitting on university and college boards/committees, organising events at the college level, and liaising with their college peers to better represent them.

The expected time commitment week to week is approximately 5-10 hours, with peak times (like O-Week) requiring up to 40 hours. Officers are not paid an honoraria.

Contact your College Representative


General Representatives 

General Representatives are elected by the postgraduate student body as a whole. They are expected to represent all students across the campus. These are great entry-level roles for students wanting to gain experience working for a students' association.

General Representative are required to attend all PRC meetings and to actively participate in PARSA throughout the year - this includes assisting with and helping run events, and sitting on boards and committees from time-to-time. The expected time commitment week-to-week is approximately 3 hours, with peak times (like O-Week) requiring up to 30 hours. General Representatives are not paid an honoraria.

Contact a General Representative



PARSA employs staff to assist the PRC

  • General Manager
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Student Assistance Officer
  • Communications, Marketing and Events Co-ordinator
  • Financial Controller (part-time)
  • Lawyer (part-time)

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 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