Governance

Guild membership

  1. 2.1   General Regulations
  2. 2.2   Ordinary membership
  3. 2.3   Associate membership
  4. 2.4   Honorary life associate membership
  5. 2.5   Resignation
  6. 2.6   Obligation of members
  7. 2.7   Subscriptions
  8. 2.8   Refund of subscriptions for associate members

2.1 General Regulations

2.1.1 Membership of the Guild is governed by Section 28 of the Act and Statute 20.

2.1.2 The classes of membership of the Guild are ordinary membership, associate membership and honorary life associate.

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2.2 Ordinary membership

2.2.1 A person is eligible to be an ordinary member if they are included in the University as a student.

2.2.2 A person eligible to be an ordinary member may become an ordinary member by completing and signing a membership form and submitting it to the Guild office.

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2.3 Associate membership

2.3.1 A person is eligible to be an associate member if they are:

(a) an 'included in' student in a non-award course at the University;

(b) an 'included in' student at another university or TAFE;

(c) a current or former staff member of the Guild;

(d) a current or former staff member of the University;

(e) a graduate of the University; or

(f) a graduate of another university.

2.3.2 A person eligible to be an associate member may apply by providing a written and signed application to the Guild Executive.

2.3.3 The Guild Executive may admit an eligible person as an associate member.

2.3.4 Associate membership is valid until the last day in February of the year following admission as an associate member.

2.3.5 Associate membership does not confer the rights of ordinary membership.

2.3.6 Associate members do not have voting rights in a general meeting.

2.3.7 The Guild Council has the power to suspend or expel an associate member by providing written notice.

2.3.8 In accordance with Regulation 2.3.7, an associate member suspended or expelled by the Guild Council has the right of appeal to an ordinary general meeting.

2.3.9 An appeal made under Regulation 2.3.8—

(a) must be made in writing to the Guild Secretary within 14 days of the date of the written notice of suspension or expulsion; and

(b) must be signed by at least 20 members.

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2.4 Honorary life associate membership

2.4.1 Any person may be admitted as an honorary life associate in accordance with these Regulations.

2.4.2 A nomination for an honorary life associate must be lodged with the Guild Secretary at least one month prior to the next scheduled Guild Council meeting or general meeting.

2.4.3 A nomination for admission as an honorary life associate must—

(a) be in writing;

(b) be signed by a proposer and a seconder, who are both Guild members;

(c) include a signed acceptance on behalf of the nominee; and

(d) be included on the next agenda of either the Guild Council or a general meeting.

2.4.4 A nomination for an honorary life associate may be approved by a simple majority affirmative vote of either the Guild Council or a general meeting.

2.4.5 Honorary life associates have all the rights, privileges, duties and obligations of associate members.

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2.5 Resignation

2.5.1 A member of the Guild of any class may resign from the Guild at any time, effective from the date a written notice is received by the President unless a later date is specified in the written notice of resignation.

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2.6 Obligation of members

2.6.1 Subject to the Act, Statutes, regulations and By-laws of the University, and the Regulations, By-Laws and policy of the Guild, all members and persons using Guild facilities or using services provided by the Guild or student societies are entitled to all the rights and privileges contained in the Act and must observe the duties and obligations specified in the Act, the Statutes, and these Regulations.

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2.7 Subscriptions

2.7.1 Fees for ordinary membership are subject to the approval of the University Senate.

2.7.2 Subject to Regulation 2.7.1, the Guild Council has the power to levy a fee for admission to ordinary membership and associate membership of the Guild.

2.7.3 Any fees prescribed under these Regulations may be different for different classes of membership and the enrolment status of members.

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2.8 Refund of subscriptions for associate members

2.8.1 The Guild Executive, in its absolute discretion, may authorise the refund of a subscription paid by an associate member.

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