Swinburne has been on a journey with students to co-create the university experience of the future.

We want all our students to contribute to the future operations of student-led activities at Swinburne so we can provide the best university experience possible.

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

The story so far

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

We developed two operational models that address this feedback from our students.

The proposed student representation models provided a clear structure for where students can access representation and a range of student-led services:

  • Option 1 was based on maintaining the current model with a few minor changes.
  • Option 2 offered the opportunity to create a new Swinburne Student Association to replace the Swinburne Student Union and Swinburne Student Life.

These models were presented for students to vote on during the single student body election period, which ran from 8 – 15 April 2024.

More than 3,900 students had their say, with 88.85 per cent voting in favour of creating a new Swinburne Student Association.

What happens next?

There will be many co-creation workshops scheduled over the coming months where students will be able to directly contribute to the future operation of:

  • clubs and societies
  • sports, both club and university representation
  • social events
  • student advocacy in teaching
  • the overall student experience.

Inaugural elections for the new Swinburne Student Association will take place in September 2024, where students will be able to take an active role in having their voice heard.

Frequently Asked Questions

You can contribute to the future operation of Swinburne’s student-led activities by participating in the upcoming co-creation workshops. More information on the timing and focus of these sessions will be shared on this page and on the Swinburne App.

Students are also encouraged to participate in the inaugural Swinburne Student Association elections scheduled for September 2024.

During the interim period while the Swinburne Student Association is being established, student services will continue operating as they have been, with no changes to how these services can be assessed.

Enrolled students at any of our Swinburne campuses who participated in the BigPulse survey during the voting period were eligible to enter the draw to win a Visa gift card.

The draw has now been completed and winners notified via email. 

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