Swinburne is excited to be working with our students to co-create the university experience of the future.

We are collaborating with our students to re-imagine the student experience. We want all of our students to be involved in deciding how our student representation is delivered at Swinburne, so we can provide the best university experience possible. Have your say on your preferred model in our upcoming all student vote in 2024.

This page will be updated as more information comes to hand. We encourage all students to stay up-to-date by visitng this page regularly. 

Why we're proposing a new approach

Feedback from our students has been that it’s not always clear where and how they are represented in university decision-making. Currently, student representation is supported across Swinburne Student Life, Swinburne Student Union and the Student Representative Council.

In consultation with students, through our Student Voice and Student Partnership initiatives, we've developed two operational models that address feedback provided from our students. The proposed student-centric models provide a clear structure for where students can access representation, and a range of student-led services.

How can I have my say?

Voting is scheduled for April 2024 and all students are encouraged to vote for their preferred model.

If there is a vote for change to create a new Single Student Body, there will also be opportunities for students to participate in the co-creation of the services and functions of the new Single Student Body. These sessions will run from May – August 2024 and will cover:

  • clubs and societies
  • sports and fitness
  • a partnership-based student voice for education at Swinburne
  • wellbeing for a diverse student population.

The new models

Here’s a sneak peek at the proposed new models. More information, including governance structures will be released in January 2024.

This model follows the current structure, with some updates. In this model:
 
  • Swinburne Student Union will continue to deliver existing services, including student events, education, Welfare, Queer, Women’s Collectives; Foodbank, Transport Assist and the Breakfast Program
  • Swinburne Student Life will continue to deliver existing services and programs across Clubs and Societies, Sports and Fitness, Student Cultural Events, Independent Student Advocacy and Student Advice on Tax, Finance, Legal, Centrelink
  • Swinburne Student Life services and programs to move to being delivered by Swinburne University of Technology, including Orientation Coordination, Multi Faith Centre, Volunteering and Student Leadership
  • Student Representation to become a singular body with the Student Council and Student Representative Council combining.
This model is a new structure, and is similar to those in place in universities across Australia. In this model:
 
  • Swinburne Student Life and Swinburne Student Union entities are closed
  • New single student body is formed called Swinburne Student Association
  • Swinburne Student Association leads General Advocacy through an elected Student Council, which will place internal committees and representation on Swinburne University of Technology committees
  • Swinburne Student Association leads the elected Education Committee and connects elected students across all teaching areas
  • Swinburne Student Association leads Education, Welfare, Queer, Women’s Collectives, Foodbank, Transport Assist, Breakfast Program, Clubs and Societies, Sports and Fitness, Student Media, Student and Cultural Events
  • Swinburne Student Association leads Independent Student Advocacy and Student Advice on Tax, Finance, Legal, Centrelink
  • Swinburne Student Life services and programs to move to being delivered by Swinburne University of Technology, including Orientation Coordination, Multi Faith Centre, Volunteering and Student Leadership.

Existing timeline

  • December 2023

    Implementation Steering Group formed

  • December 2023 to March 2024

    Single Student Body detail discussions

  • April 2024

    Student vote

Timeline - yes vote

If there is a vote for change to create a new Single Student Body. 

  • May to August 2024

    Co-creation activities

  • September / October 2024

    Single Student Body student elections and staff appointments

  • October 2024

    Single Student Body begins operation

Timeline - no vote

If there is a vote to maintain the current structures.

  • May to August 2024

    May to August 2024 Co-creation activities for student partnership on university committees, with implementation ready for 2025.

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