Postgraduate student of the University (for 2018-2019)

Voting is now opened. Eligible voters may access the electronic ballot by click on the button below (UQ sign-on required):

Ballot Paper - 2017 Senate Elections

Candidate statements are available here.
Voting opens 9:00am on Wednesday 11 October 2017 and closes 9:00am Wednesday 25 October 2017.
Instructions on how to vote are available here.

Eligible voters will receive instructions on how to access the electronic ballot paper, directly to their personal UQ student email address. Voters who do not receive their email instructions may contact the Elections Officer directly by phone (07 3365 3360) or email ( for assistance.

Voting is conducted electronically using the BigPulse election system. 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 and the vote count method.

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

Eligibility to nominate

Candidates, nominators and seconders MUST be postgraduate students of the University as at close of nominations (4pm, Wednesday 20 September 2017) to be eligible under this membership category.

Where a person is eligible to nominate for more than one category, the person must choose only ONE of these categories to stand for election.

Update: Nominations have now closed.

Eligibility to vote

Only postgraduate students of the University as at close of nominations (4pm, Wednesday 20 September 2017) will be eligible to vote in this in this membership category.

Key definitions

Postgraduate student, means a student enrolled in a course or program leading to the award of a postgraduate certificate or diploma, or a master's or doctoral degree, of the University.

Undergraduate student, means a student who is not a postgraduate student.

Student, means a student enrolled in the University

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.

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.

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