Graduates of the University

Eligibility to nominate and vote

Candidates, nominators, seconders and voters MUST be graduates of the University of the Queensland as at close of nominations (4pm, Wednesday 20 September 2017), AND not be eligible for election in any other elected member category.

Candidates are expected to comply with the expected standards of behaviour as set out in the University Election policy (PPL 1.30.01a) and the Electoral Code.

Please contact the Elections Officer on for more information or to seek advice on eligibility for this membership category.

Key definitions

Graduate, of the University, means a person awarded a degree, diploma or certificate of the University or the former Queensland Agricultural College.

Information for prospective nominees

If you are elected to the 34th Senate of The University of Queensland you will be requested, by way of a letter of appointment, to agree to the  contents of the University of Queensland Act, your letter of appointment, and the contents of the Senate Charter.

The most applicable part of all these documents is the duties of Senate Members.

Senate Members are responsible and accountable to Senate. The function of Members is to ensure that Senate performs its functions and exercises its powers appropriately, effectively and efficiently.

Members are required to:

  • always act in the best interests of the University, with this obligation to be observed in priority to any duty Members may owe to those electing or appointing them;
  • act in good faith, honestly and for a proper purpose;
  • exercise appropriate care and diligence;
  • not improperly use their position to gain an advantage for themselves or someone else;
  • disclose and avoid conflicts of interest as set out in the University’s Conflict of Interest Policy;
  • respect the confidentiality of discussions of Senate and its Committees; and
  • abide by the University’s Code of Conduct, including the confidentiality obligation.

If you require any further information please contact Dr John Montgomery, Senate Secretary

Ineligibility for membership of Senate (Section 23 of the University of Queensland Act 1998):
  1. A person is not eligible to become an elected, appointed or additional member if –The person is
    1. disqualified from managing corporations under the Corporations Act, part 2D.6;
    2. the person has a conviction for an indictable offence, other than an offence in relation to which the person is not eligible under paragraph (a).
  2. Also, a person is not eligible to be elected or appointed as an elected, appointed or additional member if the person’s election or appointment as the member would result in the person being a member for 12 years or more, whether continuously or not.
  3. Subsection (2) does not apply to a person if a majority of members agree the person may be elected or appointed as an elected, appointed or additional member.
  4. Subsection (1)(b) is subject to sections 25 and 26 of the University of Queensland Act 1998.

The official nomination form must be used:

Nomination Form - Graduate of the University

The nomination must be signed by the candidate and undersigned by two nominees who are entitled to vote in the membership category in which that candidate is standing for election.

Completed nomination forms must be received by the Elections Officer no later than 4pm Wednesday 20 September 2017.

Completed nomination forms can be lodged in the followings ways:

  • scanned and emailed to with the subject heading "2017 Senate Elections",
  • sent through Australia Post or the internal mail to:
2017 Senate Elections
Returning Officer,
Room 424, JD Story Building,
The University of Queensland, St Lucia, QLD 4072

Only graduates of the University as at close of nominations (4pm, Wednesday 20 September 2017) that are NOT be eligible under any other elected member category will be eligible to vote in this membership category.

Voting is conducted electronically, and will be held between 11–25 October 2017  Eligible voters will receive instructions on how to vote directly to their nominated email address. Voters must ensure their details are up to date by completing the Update your details form on the UQ Advancement website.

Votes will be counted through a system of optional preferential voting, as set out in the University Election Procedures (PPL 1.30.01b).

Please contact the Elections Officer by email for information on the voting system.