Victoria University Student Union(VUSU)
Victoria University Student Union (VUSU) is the peak body representing and supporting all students at Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia. The stated objectives of VUSU are to provide a range of representation and general services to a student population of approximately 50,000 on all campuses of the university.
VUSU provides representation and advocacy to all students. Student representatives often provide support to students when they have to front up to show cause hearings, discipline hearings and also when students have complaints and grievances against Victoria University.
Held annually, the elections are fundamental to the democratic nature of the organisation. Participation rates in VUSU elections vary from year to year.
VUSU uses meetings to facilitate informed discussion with the aim of making decisions. VUSU utilizes mobile info booths to facilitate the exchange of information between student representatives and the students that we represent.
Forums are another type of meeting that VUSU organizes. Forums are not formal meetings as such, but are used to collectively discuss student's views. The Student Forums are an opportunity for students to come and voice their views on any issues that they face. VUSU use these forums to remain reflective of the views of the student population.
VUSU is affiliated to the National Union of Students (NUS). The NUS is the peak student representative body in Australia. It has over 600,000 members within Australian tertiary institutions. VUSU is a proud member of the NUS and values the contribution it can make to furthering the interests of students. Each year VUSU sends delegates to the National and State NUS Conferences. Those delegates take part in the democratic process of formulating NUS policy and electing NUS office bearers.
The peak representative body of the organisation is the Student Executive. Members of this committee include the President, Vice President and the General Secretary.
The Postgraduate Association (VUPA) and International Student Association (ISA) are affiliated bodies of the Executive and have representatives on the committee.
Each campus has a Campus Branch Council elected by students on that campus. These committees have a range of positions and meet to discuss issues of general interest to students on campus.