We are looking for the next group of student leaders to work with us to build the most vibrant contemporary student union yet.

We have had an incredible year of transformation and activity, all focused on supporting students like you.

In 2022 our focus is on higher engagement of the student community, and adding even more value through delivering on our student promises and Key Focus Areas.

You can be a part of shaping the future for students at UTAS, at the same time as giving yourself the opportunity to innovate, grow and become a community leader both now and into the future.

Now is your chance to play a major role in the quality of student life at your campus. If you are keen to make a difference in your region this is the time to get involved.

The steps to becoming a Student Leader are:

  1. Check your eligibility
  2. Become familiar with the work of the TUSA, and read the Position Descriptions for each role
  3. Submit a Nomination Form
  4. Run your campaign
  5. Join our team and work hard to represent the students who elected you

Please note that nominations open on 13 September 2021.

Some documents may not be available until then. If the document you are looking for isn’t here yet, please come back later.

Key Dates

  • Nominations Open: 9 am Monday 13 September 2021
  • Nominations Close: 5 pm Monday 27 September 2021
  • Electoral Roll Closes: 5 pm Monday 27 September 2021
  • Online Polling Opens: 9 am Monday 11 October 2021
  • Online Polling Closes: 5 pm Wednesday 13 October 2021
  • Scrutiny: 10 am Thursday 14 October 2021 (TUSA Boardroom, Sandy Bay Campus)
  • Election Results: Friday 15 October 2021

Get Involved

We welcome your interest in the Annual TUSA Election and encourage you to nominate for a TUSA Student Representative position to have an active voice for all university students and help enhance the student experience.

As well as reading the Position Description and understanding the duties of the position you are interested in, there are some other important things you need to know about participating in the annual election outlined below.

In addition, there are information sessions which will be communicated through our social media channels for you to attend and prior to lodging your nomination, it is compulsory to meet with the General Manager of the TUSA to discuss the role/s you are nominating for as well as the TUSA as a whole.  This can be arranged by emailing sam.gorringe@utas.edu.au.


Are you eligible to nominate for TUSA student representative positions?

Don’t be disappointed – check your eligibility and get your nomination in and confirmed early.

  • Role related eligibility criteria as per the position descriptions for each position.
  • Valid enrolment under UTAS Rule 6 Admission, Assessment and Student Progress Clause 4.3.1 (or UTAS Ordinance 24, whichever is in effect at the time of voting).
  • Good academic and conduct standing*

*details pertaining to this criteria are detailed within the Election Policy

If you or your nominators do not have a valid enrolment your nomination will not be accepted.

Campaigning Ideas

As a candidate in the TUSA student elections, you will want to encourage as many University of Tasmania students as possible to vote for you.  All current students at the University of Tasmania are entitled to vote, provided they satisfy the valid enrolment criteria under Rule 6.

The most common tried and true campaign methods involve posters, leaflets and talking to students. However, given current numbers of students on campus, we would suggest a more virtual approach might work better this year.

It may be in your best interest to not only talk to students on your campus, but to find out what students want and need at the satellite campuses too.

To get your message across about why people should vote for you, you can use almost any method you like.  Be as creative as you want, however, there are a few rules that you must follow and there are electoral offences that can carry a penalty.

Please refer to the TUSA Election Policy for important information regarding campaigning, posters, electoral material and other election rules. All of the information about the election will be placed on the TUSA website.

Electoral Tribunal

As per the TUSA Election Policy an Election Tribunal is appointed each year to receive complaints, investigate alleged breaches of electoral rules and determine appropriate disciplinary action.

Members of the Election Tribunal for 2020 are:

  • Sam Gorringe – TUSA General Manager
  • Kate Lee- UTAS Director – Student Services
  • Kate Davey – TUSA Student Advocacy & Welfare Officer

Candidate Statement & Photo

It is important to follow the instructions provided on the Nomination Form regarding lodgement of your Candidate Statement and photo, which must be received by the Returning Officer at tuu.elections@utas.edu.au prior to the close of nominations.


Voting will be conducted online. Only students eligible to vote in the annual election will receive an email at the commencement of voting, which contains a link to the on-line polling. Candidates’ names will appear in a random rotation order each time the on-line polling is accessed.


Scrutineers are people who check to ensure that the process of vote counting is conducted fairly and in accordance with the election regulations of the TUSA.  All candidates may appoint scrutineers, however only one scrutineer per candidate is allowed.  Scrutineers are not to communicate with or hassle voters.

A candidate cannot be a scrutineer for other candidates.  Scrutineers may be present for the online ‘vote count’.  To appoint a scrutineer the candidate must complete the scrutineer form available from the TUSA website after close of nominations and needs to be submitted to the Returning Officer.

Returning Officer

Mr Jason Parker
TUSA Business Manager

Tasmanian University Student Association
2 Churchill Avenue, Sandy Bay. Tas. 7005
(PO Box 5055, University of Tasmania LPO)