MPA executive committee

Frequently asked questions

What does the committee do?

The Monash Postgraduate Association (MPA) is the official representative body for all postgraduates at Monash University. The MPA Executive Committee (MPAEC) governs the MPA by setting policy and providing broad direction. The committee’s aims are to serve the interests and welfare of postgraduates by directing activities and projects towards their specific needs. The responsibilities and powers of the MPAEC are set out in section 11 of the MPA constitution.

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What is the time commitment associated with becoming an MPAEC member?

You are expected to attend 11 regular MPAEC meetings per year. The meetings run for 1 – 2 hours. A number of ad-hoc subcommittees are set up to work on specific issues as the need arises. While participation on these subcommittees is voluntary, it is likely that you will end up working on at least one during your term of office. MPAEC members are expected to attend the AGM and to assist in running MPA social events during the year, and orientation events in February/March and July.

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How do I nominate for an office-bearer position?

Office-bearer positions are not directly elected – they are elected from within the newly established committee, usually at the first meeting. Office-bearer positions are: President, Vice-President, Education Officer (research), Education Officer (coursework), International Students’ Officer, Women’s Officer, Queer Officer, Access & Equity Officer and Indigenous Students’ Officer. All office-bearers have specific duties, which are set out in section 14 of the MPA constitution.

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What is the difference between the general representative positions, and the campus-tagged representative positions?

All MPAEC members can raise, speak to or vote on any issue discussed at the MPAEC meetings. However campus-tagged reps have the additional role of raising any campus-specific issues for discussion. They are also responsible for running small, campus-based social events.

Campus-tagged representatives can apply for any office-bearer position except that of President. General representatives can apply for any office-bearer position.

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Can I contact a member of the current MPAEC to ask them about their experiences of being on the committee?

Yes, the names and email addresses of the current MPAEC members are on the MPA website.

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Where are the meetings held?

Meetings are held primarily on Clayton and Caulfield campuses, with at least one meeting per year on Peninsula, Berwick and Parkville.

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When are the meetings held?

Meeting days and times vary as they are set in accordance with the availability of members for each month.

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Are MPAEC member positions paid or voluntary?

MPAEC members are not paid a salary but do receive a small stipend. The expectation is that you will voluntarily contribute your time to the benefit of the postgraduate community. However we don’t expect you to be out-of-pocket as a result of your work for the MPA - any costs incurred in the course of carrying out your MPA duties will be reimbursed.

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What happens once I am elected?

Once you are elected to the MPAEC you will be invited to attend an induction session where the role of the MPA and Executive Committee is explained. You will also be invited to attend the May and June meetings.  During the June meeting, the elections for office-bearers will take place. The first official meeting of the incoming committee will take place in July. 

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Get involved!

Frequently asked questions

If you are wondering what is involved in the election process, vist our election process FAQ page.

Election regulations

Elections for the Executive Committee are governed by the MPA Election Regulations.