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2012 Š La Trobe University Student Union Project management Peter Hughes Information management Leanne Innes Published by La Trobe University Student Union Upper Agora West (Level 2) La Trobe University Bundoora VIC 3086 latrobesu.org.au Printed by Trojan Print 34 Temple Drive Thomastown VIC 3074 trojanprint.com.au Information provided is correct at time of publication, 2 May 2013.


La Trobe University Student Union ANNUAL REPORT 2012

CONTENTS CONTENTS

OBJECTIVES..................................................................................................4 MEMBERSHIP.......................................................................................... 4, 5 PRESIDENT....................................................................................................6 STUDENT REPRESENTATION..................................................................7 GENERAL MANAGER........................................................................... 8, 9 OFFICE & SECOND-HAND BOOKSHOP.......................................... 10 OPERATIONS - Marketing & Communication................................................ 11 - Activities & Events............................................................... 12, 13 - Clubs & Societies......................................................................... 14 STUDENT THEATRE & FILM........................................................... 15, 16 SUPPORT - Advocacy........................................................................................ 17 - Postgraduate................................................................................ 18 - Legal................................................................................................. 18 - Tax Help.......................................................................................... 18 ASSOCIATES - International Students' Association (ISA).......................... 19 - Mildura Students' Association (MSA).................................. 19 - Shepparton Students' Association (SSA).......................... 20 - Part-time, Evening & Mature Aged Students' Organisation (PEMSO).......................................... 20 STATISTICS...................................................................................21, 22, 23 FINANCIAL REPORT - contents page.............................................................................. 24 - report pages..........................................................................25–41 STAFF & OFFICE BEARERS 2012................................................. 42, 43

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object ives

OBJECTIVES

membership MEMBERSHIP

The Student Union has the following categories of membership:

The purpose of the Student Union is to advance the education of the students of La Trobe University by:

(a) Student members

(a) Enhancing the learning experience of students while at the University;

(b) Governing members

(b) Promoting the interests and welfare of students;

(c) Ordinary members

(c) Representing students within and outside the University;

(d) Associate members (e) Life members.

(d) Co-ordinating and supporting the activities of students; and

Student Members

(e) Providing amenities and services for students, other members of the University community and the public.

The student members of the Student Union are those members who are students (including postgraduate students). All student members (including postgraduate student members) must be either: (a) Governing members, (b) Ordinary members, or (c) Life members who are students.

Governing Members The governing members of the Student Union are the office-bearers, members of the Student Council and members of the Committees.

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membership Member Type Student Members Non-Student Members TOTAL

2010 4059 206 4265

2011 4133 217 4350

2012 3796 255 4051

% increase -8% 18% -7%

Ordinary Members

Life Members

The ordinary members of the Student Union are those students who:

The life members of the Student Union are those individuals who:

(a) Apply for membership; (b) Pay the subscription; and (c) Are admitted in accordance with the regulations.

Associate Members The associate members of the Student Union are those individuals who: (a) Are not students (b) Apply for membership (c) Pay the subscription; and (d) Are admitted in accordance with the regulations.

(a) Have made an outstanding contribution to the Student Union; and (b) Are admitted in accordance with the regulations.

Membership Program At an annual fee of $40, the LTSU membership program continued to attract strong support from the La Trobe community in 2012. The program provides members with a package of discounts on:

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LTSU products, services and event tickets, University services, including car parking, the Sports Centre and Child Care Centre Private businesses operating both on and off campus

A number of businesses located in the Agora became Membership program partners for the first time in 2012.

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president PRESIDENT

“Openly questioning the way the world works and challenging the power of the powerful is not an activity customarily rewarded.”

2012 was not without its set-backs; the harsh and devastating cuts to the Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty; the complete lack of foresight in the removal of democratically elected students and staff from University Council in State Government Legislation and then carried out by senior management (the University of Melbourne and Monash University still maintain student places on University Council) has left many students and alumni feeling a disconnect with the once proud university in Melbourne’s north east. La Trobe University has a significant history in radicalism and 2012 saw the devastating affects of what happens when it is forgotten. LTSU was the light at the end of the VSU tunnel but as we learnt last year it was just the beginning of a whole new chapter of the neo-liberal attack on education and students in this country.

– Dale Spender

In the La Trobe Student Union second year of operation there was significant growth in the organization from the much-welcomed introduction of the Student Services and Amenities Fee. La Trobe students on the Bundoora campus had a properly funded student organization for the first time since Voluntary Student Unionism was introduced in 2005. This important fee goes towards funding for clubs, representation and vital services on campus. The membership base of LTSU far exceeded the forecast numbers for the 2011 budget submission and I for one was very happy to welcome the new members to the LTSU family.

I encourage you all to get involved in LTSU whether that be through clubs, one of the vibrant collectives or as a volunteer in the activities department. It is an important organization and it is only as good as you make it. Special thank you to the LTSU staff, the 2012 office bearers and the students at La Trobe for your feedback, support and camaraderie. I wish the organization and the 2013 team all the best in what the future may bring. Remember to tread carefully and carry a big stick. Clare Keyes-Liley, 2012 President. Werrrd

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STUDENT REPRESENTATION In 2012 the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at La Trobe University faced savage cuts of, what was seen by students as, an unnecessary and unexpected magnitude. In opposition to these proposed changes the LTSU responded by organising mass protests and demonstrations, while lobbying the University to change its position. The Union worked with students and staff and managed to revitalise student activism on campus; successfully saving many subjects, majors and jobs.

up the breakfast club, food bank and continuing the members BBQs. The Union also ran the cross departmental ease the squeeze campaign aiming to reduce the cost of living pressures. 2012 saw the introduction of the Counter Course Handbook, which provided an insight into University life and an honest review of the subject and course offerings of La Trobe, written by students and for students. Rabelais also received a new look and moved closer to a magazine style format.

The Office Bearers of the LTSU in 2012 (see p40) were particularly active thanks to the dedicated team and the welcome influx of revenue from SSAF. 2012 was the first year for the LTSU under the new SSAF funding model and the positive changes to student representation and activism were self-evident.

The Student Representative Network also saw a revamp towards the end of the year and will become a new Education Council, comprising of the SRN and course and faculty based societies; a new initiative from the Student Union. This aims to provide a more accurate representation from the University community and to assist students in their University life.

It was a successful year for student activism on campus with the Queer Department revitalising the queer collective by holding more events, collective meetings and on campus campaigns. Likewise, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Department successfully launched the new La Trobe Y.A.R.N. (Youth Awareness Resource Network) group for indigenous and non-indigenous students. The Environment Department also established L.E.A.N. (La Trobe Environment Action Network) to build activism around environment issues at La Trobe and in the wider community. The Environment office ran a strong campaign to improve public transport to La Trobe University. The Women’s Network remained active and strong with a successful Blue Stockings Week and International Women’s Day events. The Welfare Department expanded student services by starting

The Postgraduate Department also ran several seminars and networking events. The Activities Department also had a successful year, running the First Year Ball, the Boat Cruise and the inaugural LTSU Ball among other fantastic events. 2012 was also the first year of operation for the LTSU with the International Students’ Association, the Mildura Students’ Association, the Shepparton Students’ Association and PEMSO under its umbrella. These associations also had successful years with support from the LTSU and especially due to the increase in funding from SSAF.

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GENERAl M GENERAL MANAGER 2012 was the second year of operation for

La Trobe University Student Union Inc. (LTSU). In a year of major growth for the organisation, we:

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Continued to develop our ongoing role in Student Representation, Advocacy, Clubs and Societies and Second-hand Bookshop. assumed responsibility for the following additional services, in line with recommendations from the University's Student Services and Student Administration Review Report (2011):

– Student Theatre and Film – Student Legal Services – Activities and Entertainment – Reception, sales and member support previously undertaken by the Contact Desk

– International Students' Association (ISA), the

Mildura Students' Association (MSA), Shepparton Students' Association (SSA) and the Part -time, Evening and Mature Age Students' Association (PEMSO) Gained University approval for additional staffing resources to support our operations in Student Theatre, Advocacy, Finance, Office and Bookshop and Projects.

The combined impact of these changes meant that our approved budget grew from $934,200 in 2011 to $2,338,590 for 2012. Our approved staffing establishment grew from 5.0eft in 2011 to 14.6.

With minor modifications, LTSU's space in Upper Agora West has been able to provide an effective work base for our annually elected student representatives, and for our expanded staff team. Student Theatre, the Student Legal Service, the Womens' Lounge and the PEMSO Lounge continue to operate from the Union Building. With the support of the University, the Student Lounge on Upper Agora West was extensively refurbished late in 2012, and will provide more comfortable and functional facilities for students using this space from 2013 onwards. A major focus in 2012 was the continued development of our website, www.latrobesu.org.au. The website now boasts a much more contemporary 'look and feel', and has grown to incorporate all the new service areas described above. Our online Store has expanded and now provides an avenue for both Bundoora and regional students to purchase second-hand books, tickets and merchandise from us. Growth from 9115 hits and 5675 unique visitors in 2011 to 62,370 hits and

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ANAGER 41,451 unique visitors reflects the increasing profile gained by our website in 2012. 22% of Second-hand Bookshop sales in 2012 were made by online mode.

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students and staff in support of campus community at La Trobe. Congratulations to each of the individual and group awardees outlined in a later section of this report. I also congratulate the following individuals who were awarded LTSU life membership at our annual Life Members' dinner in November, in recognition of their service to the former La Trobe University Students' Representative Council (SRC):

The following sections of this Annual Report detail an enormous amount of work done by LTSU in student representation and service provision in 2012. This work could not be undertaken without the expertise, energy and commitment of our staff, elected student representatives and volunteers. Thank you to all those people for their great work throughout 2012. LTSU also benefits from the support and encouragement we receive from many different areas of La Trobe University, and I wish to record our appreciation for that support.

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Peter Boyle Sarah Wickham Rohan Morris Lachlan Batchelor

Our membership program continued to draw over 4000 members from the University community, largely due to a great package of discounts on and off campus available through the program. Thank you also to our 2012 members as well as our membership benefit partners for their support of LTSU in 2012.

The audited financial statements that appear in this report record an operating surplus of $130,726 for the year ending 31/12/2012, and net assets of $276,228 accumulated at that date. An additional provision of $80,000 was made in the 2012 accounts, as a contingency against the need for staff redundancies in the event of loss of funding in the future.

One of the year's highlights was the inaugural LTSU Awards Night. We hope this event can become a regular event on the University Calendar as a means of recognising the great work undertaken by many

LTSU has made major progress since we commenced operations at La Trobe in January 2011, and we look forward to consolidating and developing our role in 2013 and beyond.

Rehearsal and performance spaces are available for students to stage their own productions.

Student Advocacy

How to get involved: You can sign up to Student Theatre and Film by filling out a sign up form at our office. Once you’re signed up you will receive emails about upcoming auditions and performances as well as other events and opportunities.

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$61,876

$132,089

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Book Drop Offs Books sold

Online Sales Books Sold Sales $ % of total sales LTSU's general Office and Second-Hand Bookshop are managed by our Office and Bookshop Coordinator.

Office The Student Union Office supports all LTSU operations. The Office is supported by two full time staff and up to six casuals during peak times. The Office provides a Reception service, membership support, ticket sales, general enquiries, newspaper distribution, space & equipment bookings, book drop-offs and collections and oversight of the Student Lounge. The Office also supports staff and Office Bearers.

Second-Hand Bookshop The LTSU Second-Hand Bookshop is a not-for-profit service run by the Student Union. The Bookshop enables students to buy cheap textbooks as well as earn extra money by selling old/unused books, catering for students from Bundoora and all La Trobe's regional campuses.

2012 680 $38,269 22%

2011 In 2011, the SRC Second-Hand Bookshop officially became the La Trobe Student Union (LTSU) Second-hand Bookshop. Renovations to the former SRC/Contact office space in Semester 2 reduced the sales period and forced the bookshop to temporarily relocate to the Union Building. Despite this, sales increased dramatically in 2011. Card sales were added as a payment option. The launch of the LTSU website in Semester 2, 2011 was a significant development for the bookshop as it provided an automated data-base for book processing. Books began to be processed onto this system in November 2011.

2012 2012 saw the bookshop operate in the new LTSU office. The bookshop utilised the new website database for buying, selling and returning books. Interest in the bookshop continued to grow and sale figures again increased markedly. 10

Reimbursements were issued via cheque, direct deposits or PayPal accounts. Internet sales became available in January 2012 allowing students to purchase books on-line and collect from the LTSU reception. This was expanded to include delivery to regional campuses through the internal mail system in February. Regional students were also able to submit books for sale locally and have them transported to Bundoora for processing. In 2012, the first major return of unsold text books took place. Students with books that were unsold for more than a year were given the option to collect the books or donate them. An initiative was developed between LTSU and the Division of Residential Services that resulted in donated books being delivered to universities in Cambodia, Nepal, Thailand and Vanuatu. Books were also donated to Corrections Victoria to help restock the libraries in correctional facilities across the state.


oPERA TIONS OPERATIONS No of hits (Visits) Unique Visitors

2011 9115 5675

2012 62,370 41,451

% increase 586% 567%

Website

Having experienced significant growth in 2011/2012, a new Operations Department was formulated. A new position of Operations Supervisor was created to oversee the Department. The Operations team covers Marketing & Communications, Clubs & Societies and Events, Activities & Volunteers.

LTSU undertook major development of our website in 2012. Outcomes from this project included:

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Marketing & Communications

Marketing & Communications is responsible for all the printed marketing for the Student Union including the suite of corporate services brochures, Student Union diary, event posters, membership newsletters, Annual Report, Clubs & Societies booklet, Ratsheet and any other publications required. Marketing also oversees the electronic marketing including the website www.latrobesu.org.au, LATROBE LIVE Smartphone application, online newsletters & social media and oversees the upgrade & maintenance of internal & external signage.

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A livelier, contemporary look and feel in line with LTSU branding More dynamic news, events and features sections on front page incorporation of sections for our Associates (ISA, MSA, SSA, Pemso) , and for all of the new areas under LTSU's umbrella in 2012 - Student Theatre, Student Legal Service, Activities, Events & Volunteers Highlighting of elected representatives on the front page, with a linkage to their individual portfolio areas Provision of an online store for sales of merchandise, tickets and Second-hand Books

Latrobe Live In 2012 the LTSU underwent a project to determine the best platform to adopt to launch an LTSU Smartphone Diary Application. Recognising the growth potential in student engagement that Smartphone technology could provide we decided we wanted to be on the forefront of technological advances. We researched different business models including commissioning a developer to create the application vs purchasing an off the shelf product or signing a Distribution & Licensing

Agreement with an existing product. The most cost effective solution was a Distribution & Licensing Agreement that included customisation & tailor branding. We signed an agreement with Milk Media for their PokitCampus product. A lengthy customisation, content set up and testing phase was completed followed by licensing the product with Apple and Android. LATROBE LIVE will be ready to launch for Semester 1 in 2013. 11


Activities, Events & Volunteers Under LTSU, an elected student Activities Officer and Committee play a key role in events policy and planning, with the support of a full time Activities and Events staff member.

In 2012 the responsibility for the Activities and Events program was transferred to LTSU, in line with recommendations from the University's Student Services and Student Administration Review, 2011.

Orientation Week Under the umbrella of the University's Orientation Committee, LTSU was again responsible for planning and implementation of the Orientation social program. Key events were: Events Vice Chancellor's Dinner Children Collide Concert Thursday Bar Night Brookings Lectures Comedy events (2 sessions) Student Union Festival

Participants 550 515 1869 students plus 80 guests 345 3000+

Student Union Festival Over 40 LTSU Clubs and a range of external businesses and organisations manned stalls at the event. Attendance was estimated at over 3000 across the day. Key Events:

The cornerstone event of Orientation Week was the Student Union Festival held on Simpson Lawn on Thursday 16th February. The event featured an entertainment stage throughout the day. Ticketed Events EX Party I EX Party II First Years Ball Bluejuice Gig River Cruise LTSU Awards Queer Beer x 2

Participants 1450 1280 250 800 280 110 100

Free Events Back to Uni Festival Weekly Wednesday Acoustics LTSU Thursday Markets LTSU Pride Week Weekly Members BBQ Weekly FREE Breakfast Club Regular Agora Entertainment

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Notes 30+ student clubs, entertainment Weekly event showcasing student musicians Weekly throughout semester, 30+ stalls Runs in March - 3 days of activities Each week during semester Free breakfast for students during semester Singers, acoustics, performers in the Agora, bookings for LTSU Clubs stalls, and external groups


The EX Party (end-of-exams party) and sports clubs were able to purchase tickets at $3 each and sell them at $10. This new model allowed profit to stay with clubs and be used for further student engagement.

In early 2011, the hosting rights for the end-of-exams party were transferred from external promoters to the LTSU. LTSU decreased ticket prices by $15 and directed sales profits to La Trobe clubs. Affiliated student clubs

LTSU Awards The inaugural LTSU Awards were presented at the LTSU Ball in October. The awards aimed at rewarding students, staff, and clubs who contribute positively to student life. The awards were very successful with over 500 votes. The awards were: LTSU Sarah Cole Leadership Award - Rohan Morris, Mildura Campus LTSU & Generations Social & Environmental Sustainability Award - Rachel Kelson LTSU Clubs & Societies Award - Equality, Sustainability, Peace (ESP) LTSU Faculty Club Award - La Trobe International Relations Association (LIRA) LTSU Teaching Award - Dr. Michael Emmerling, lecturer in Botany, Bundoora campus.

Development of Oh! Fest - rejuvenating O-Week The O-Week social events program began its redevelopment in 2012 for 2013 O-Week. The significant change for 2013 was the introduction of the Oh! Fest, Music & Arts Festival. Oh! Fest is a mini music & arts festival that aims to showcase a range of acclaimed bands, arts & crafts, and activities to new students. A change in approach allowed strong collaboration

between the LTSU and Division of Residential Services (DRS) to provide an exciting and new event for all students. The event planning and collaboration with the DRS, Security, the O-Week Working Group, Division of Residential Services, and Landscaping, along with external providers was completed in 2012.

Volunteers

Australasian Association of Campus Activities

LTSU was responsible for providing and training volunteers for Open Day. 129 Volunteers Registered, 67 completed training.

In 2012 LTSU joined the Australasian Association of Campus Activities (AACA) and will incorporate some of their national events eg: National Campus DJ Competition, National Campus Band Competition & National Campus Art Prize & National Campus Film Fest into the LTSU Events Program.

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CLUBS & SOCIETIES 2011 43 160 130

Affiliated Clubs Grants Club Events

2012 52 164 384

% change 21% 3% 195%

Club Events

LTSU's Clubs Council, chaired by the General Secretary, oversees the operation of our affiliated Clubs and Societies. The Council meets fortnightly during semester. It considers applications for affiliations from new Clubs, applications for grants, and shares information relevant to all Clubs. LTSU's Clubs and Societies staff member provides broad ranging support across all areas of the Clubs program to the Clubs Council, General Secretary and individual Club Executives.

384. *This number is taken off our website whereby clubs can load up their events. It understates the actual level of Club activities as not all Clubs list all their events on the website

New Faculty Societies During 2012, planning was undertaken for introduction of Faculty Societies across the teaching faculties at Bundoora Campus. Faculty societies will operate from the start of 2013 onwards. They are designed to provide an avenue for students to engage with other students within their course or faculty, and to create student groups that can engage with their faculty on academic and administrative issues. Faculty Clubs will be part of a new LTSU Education Council, and will have access to funding through the Clubs Council to support events and activities, including workshops related to their studies.

Following on from the considerable increase in club resources and promotional assistance provided in 2011, 2012 saw the Clubs Program attract a significant increase in club affiliations. In particular 2012 saw an increase in Faculty and International Clubs.

Financial Assistance 164 Grants were given to clubs totalling $29,765 .

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STUDENT THEATRE

THEATRE & FILM andSTUDENT FILM Photograph by Tatiana Angulo

2012 18 91

Productions Performances Production Moat Festival Cabaret International Student Drama Festival, UK Short Works Northcote Town Hall Festival of Australian Student Theatre (Brisb.) Short Flicks Wednesday Acoustics (weekly event) Youtube hits for Lipdub 2010

Audience Numbers 1020 238 550 estimate 245 680 125 estimate 157 Ave 30 12,000 approx.

Wake in Fright

Student Theatre and Film runs an annual program of events which gives students the opportunity to perform, direct, write, crew and compose for stage and screen. Student Theatre & Film is managed by an Artistic Director and supported by an Office Coordinator and a range of casual staff and student volunteers.

In June, as part of the London 2012 Festival, the finale of the Cultural Olympiad, La Trobe University Student Theatre's production of Wake in Fright was selected from over 140 student productions to perform at the prestigious International Student Drama Festival (ISDF), in Sheffield, England.

Moat Festival Moat Festival has been running for over twenty eight years and is the biggest on-campus theatre and arts festival and features a selection of student produced plays, films over a twO-Week period.

Ten La Trobe students, along with Artistic Director Bob Pavlich, travelled to the festival which was a showcase of some of the best student theatre from around the world.

Cabaret

Our production of Wake in Fright proved to be a big hit. La Trobe students also participated in a range of workshops conducted by the Royal Shakespeare Company, the BBC and leading theatre companies from the U.K. This was an incredible opportunity for our students to mix with theatre practitioners and over a thousand students from all over the world.

A large cast production which showcases a different musical theme each year and is a collaboration between musicians, singers and performers. This year we celebrated singers and musicians who had died too young – such as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and others. A successful event comprised of the talents of twenty singers, musicians and stage crew. 15


Short Works & Northcote Town Hall Short Works is a curated production of short plays, written, directed and performed by students. Northcote Town Hall sees Student Theatre travel off campus with an exciting season of shows each year in August. Over seventy students performed to a total audience of over 900.

Festival of Australian Student Theatre In September twelve students travelled to Brisbane for the Festival of Australian Student Theatre with our production of Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost.

Short Flicks

Wednesday Acoustics

Short Flicks is our annual filmmaking program which started in 1996 and has seen over 140 short films made. The films are screened on one night at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) at Federation Square. This year saw eight student-written and produced short films screened.

In 2012 a new music night called Wednesday Acoustics was formed. Open to all singers and musicians at La Trobe, it was an open mic event each Wednesday during semester at the Eagle Bar.

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Photographs by Lachlan Bell


support SUPPORT

Advocacy

Policy and Statute Amendments

The Student Union Advocacy Service provides support, and independent advice and advocacy to undergraduate and postgraduate students studying at Melbourne/Bundoora, Shepparton and Mildura. The service employs two full-time advocates that service the whole student population and a part-time advocate (.6) who provides advice and support to higher education research students. Common student advocacy issues include responding to a Faculty's request to Show Cause, Special Consideration, Academic Misconduct, complaints/grievances, appeals, review of assessment mark, problem with higher degrees research supervisor or research timelines and problems with on-campus residential arrangements.

Since LTSU's inception in 2011, the advocacy service has worked closely with the Office Bearers. In 2012, a number of proposals were developed and presented by the LTSU President and Education Vice-President to the La Trobe University Education Committee. One outcome was key changes to the Academic Misconduct Statute. The Academic Misconduct Statute 2013, when formally announced, will allow for a full committee to hear allegations against students and the right of students to appeal against all penalties imposed.

Student Advocacy Service Activity 2012 2011 737 46 142 2307 8636

Personal Consultations Hearings Meetings Telephone enquiries Letters, memoranda, emails

Student Welfare Program The advocacy service continues to distribute supermarket vouchers to students in financial need. The expenditure on welfare payments was $1000 in 2012.

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2012 831 60 367 1044 7901

% change +13% +30% 158% -55% -9%


Postgraduate 2012. Key relationships and networks have since been established within La Trobe University, in order to develop and implement a more extensive series of postgraduate seminars and networking opportunities in 2013.

In 2012, the LTSU began to expand its postgraduate support programs. The LTSU convened three postgraduate networking sessions, with an average attendance of 25 students. A series of educational support seminars were also held on the following topics: dealing with complaints and misconduct, thesis writing, interview skills and casual employment at La Trobe.

LTSU created a Postgraduate web page that would enable our Postgraduate Advocate, Office Bearer and the LTU Research team to all load up Postgrad specific events onto one centralised page.

A specialist Postgraduate Student Advocate, Dr Heidi Ellemor, commenced work with the LTSU in August

Legal The Student Legal Service provides free legal services to La Trobe University students. The Service is run by a fully qualified and experienced lawyer. Services include:

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All services provided by Student Legal Service are free, but clients pay external costs such as court fees and witness costs.

Legal advice

At the end of the year, discussions commenced with a number of community legal centres as potential partners for provision of the Student Legal Service from 2013 onwards.

Case work Assistance with minor court cases and applications to tribunals Referral to specialist legal services Certification of documents

2012 147

Students seeking legal advice

Witnessing statutory declarations, affidavits and other legal documents

Tax Help accredited to provide this service by the Australian Taxation Office. In 2012 five volunteers were trained by the Australian Tax Office.

Tax Help is a free, confidential service, and involves over 1,200 trained community volunteers throughout Australia offering help and guidance to low income taxpayers when completing their tax returns. LTSU offers a Tax Help centre at La Trobe University Bundoora Campus from July to October, using the services of student volunteers who have been trained and

Tax help consultations with students

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2011 24

2012 75

% change 213%


ASSOCIATES International Students' Association 2012 Memberships Events

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Participation Numbers Seminars x 2 Excursions x 5 Multicultural Week Multicultural Dinner

2012 90 200 1000 200 & Welfare and Liaison & Activities - and is supported by a part-time employee. ISA Membership is free and open to any person who entered Australia with a student visa and who is currently enrolled in a course at La Trobe University. ISA has a permanent office and lounge space to support International student enquires and allow them a space to socialise.

The International Students' Association aims to represent international students enrolled at La Trobe University. Its purpose is to defend their rights, promote social, educational and cultural activities and work towards a better understanding amongst Australians and international students. ISA is comprised of an Executive Committee of 10 elected members and three sub committees - Finance & Administration, Education

Mildura Students' Association 2012 Events Participation Numbers Charity Fundraisers (x3). (Shave for a Cure, Jeans for Genes, Relay for Life.) Movie nights x 4 Orientation Graduation Ball Welcome Back Party End of Year Party

MSA aims to provide opportunities for social interaction for students, promote social, cultural, educational and recreational activities and to promote the welfare of students. Events are open to participation for all students studying at the Mildura Campus.

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In 2012 the MSA put together a social calendar that included Orientation activities, Regular BBQs and Taco Days, Quarterly Movie nights aimed at engaging mature aged students and their families, Welcome Back Party at the start of Semester 2 and End Of Year Party.

The Mildura Students' Association (MSA) is the student representative body of the Mildura Campus of La Trobe University. MSA is comprised of 10 elected Committee members who were supported by a part-time employee.

MSA also participated in Harmony Day, Scholarships/ Awards Night & Open Day.

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Shepparton Students' Association Membership Numbers Events

2012 86 35

Participation Numbers Ball Post Graduation Cocktail Party Charity Events x3 BBQs x12 Morning Teas x9 Brekkie on the BBQ x1 Soup day x1 Brekkie Club x6 Post exam drinks x1

2012 120 90 100 720 100 50 40 150 40+ In 2012 the SSA put together a social calendar that included a red carpet themed ball, post graduation party, regular BBQs, Parma Club, Soup days and Brekkie club. In addition the SSA has participated in Good Friday Appeal, Red Cross blood drive and Harmony Day.

The Shepparton Students' Association (SSA) is the student representative body of the Shepparton Campus of La Trobe University. SSA is comprised of 10 elected Committee members who were supported by a parttime employee. SSA aims to provide opportunities for social interaction for students, promote social, cultural, educational and recreational activities and to promote the welfare of students. Shepparton Campus consists of approx 500 students. In 2012 membership to the SSA was $20.

PEMSO (Part-time, Evening and Mature Aged Student Organisation) PEMSO Lounge

PEMSO is La Trobe University's Part-time, Evening, and Mature Age Students' Organisation and is an associated body of LTSU. PEMSO annually elects a President, Activities Convenor and Lounge Convenor. PEMSO aims to provide information and advice, a comfortable inviting environment where PEMSO students can meet and promotes a range of social activities for PEMSO Students. PEMSO also aims to improve services provided to PEMSO students. PEMSO Membership is free.

The PEMSO Lounge is a large space provided for PEMSO Members. It includes a large lounge, private & group study areas, office space for lounge convenors, pool table, kitchen area with tea/coffee, microwave & fridge facilities. With the support of the University's Infrastructure and Operations group, the PEMSO Lounge was extensively refurbished early in 2012, following major damage incurred as a result of flooding at the campus in December 2011.

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STATISTICS STATISTICS

2012 LTSU Funding Agreement and Annual Report Statistics Website No of hits (Visits) No of unique Visitors

Second-Hand Bookshop - Total Sales 62,370 41,451

Number of books consigned for sale Number of Books sold Sales Amount Reimbursement amount Surplus before salaries and other expenses

Top 5 Pages Visited Second-Hand Bookshop Clubs Membership Store (other than Second-Hand Bookshop) Books Content Page

30,100 16,484 6990 6608

Second-Hand Bookshop Online Sales Included In Total

6000

Number of books sold Sales Amount Percentage of total sales

ISA Number of members Number of activities Average Attendance - trips Average attendance - seminars Multicultural week dinner

978 9 40 45 200

No. of Productions No. of Performances Total audience attendance per Theatre season - Moat Festival - Cabaret - International Student Drama Festival, UK - Short Works - Northcote Town Hall - Festival of Australian Student Theatre (Brisb.) - Short Flicks - Wednesday Acoustics (weekly event) - Youtube hits for Lipdub 2010

1044 831 7901 60 367

Postgraduate Program Number of seminars held in the year Number attending each seminar Number of social/networking events Number attending each event

680 $38,269 22%

Student Theatre & Film

Advocacy Telephone enquiries Personal consultations Letters, memoranda, emails, etc drafted on behalf of students Hearings attended Meetings

5,436 4,740 $176,500 $132,089 $44,411

4 Ave 10 3 Ave 25

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1020 238 550 estimate

245 680 125 estimate

157 Ave 30 12,000 approx.

Membership Program Total Number of members Staff members included in total Membership Revenue 21

4051 255 $140,476


Student Legal Service

* ''Other'' includes employment law; intellectual property, primarily for

research students; general, enduring and medical powers of attorney; organ donation; victims of crime compensation; Centrelink disputes; negligence by legal and medical practitioners; probate law and deceased estate disputes; superannuation, notably applications for hardship payouts before retirement age; issues to do with occupational licensing, such as prospective crowd controllers, nurses, teachers and lawyers; complaints against police; freedom of information requests; access to medical records; neighbour disputes; personal injuries; and issues arising from accidental deaths and suicides of students.

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Total Number of students seeking legal advice New Files Opened: - Motor Vehicle Accident - Traffic Offence - Crime - Tenancy - Debt - Consumer - Family - Other* TOTAL

12 4 8 14 2 13 9 49 111

Orientation * Host Scheme - number of second and subsequent year students acting as hosts to first year students during the February/March Orientation program Number of events held during Orientation Vice Chancellor's dinner Children Collide Concert Thursday Bar Night

* The former ''Host Scheme'' has now been absorbed into the Connect

Mentor program run by Student Enrichment. Some LTSU Orientation volunteers worked collaboratively with Connect Mentors during 2012 Orientation.

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Major Events*

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Ticketed Event EX Party I EX Party II First Years Ball Bluejuice Event River Cruise LTSU Awards Life Members' Dinner

550 515 1869 students plus 80 guests

Brookings Lectures (x2) Student Union Festival

345 3000+ estimate

FREE Events* Back to Uni Festival, second semester - Agora Weekly Wednesday Acoustics - Eagle Bar

Participants 1450 1280 250 800 280 110 55

Notes 30+ student clubs, entertainment Weekly event showcasing student musicians. Average weekly attendance: 30 Weekly throughout semester, 30+ stalls Runs in March - 3 days of activities Each week during semester. Average approx. 200 serves per event Free breakfast for students during semester. Average approx. 55 serves per event. Singers, Acoustics, Performers in the Agora

LTSU Thursday Markets - ELT precinct Pride Week - Agora Weekly Members BBQ - Agora Weekly Breakfast Club - Agora/Student Lounge Regular Agora Entertainment

* LTSU events, exclusive of Orientation program; Club events; other activities by external groups

booking Agora space through LTSU; Other Uni events where LTSU contributes to an event run by another major sponsor within the University - eg NAIDOC week, International Womens’ Day.

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Clubs and Societies No of affiliated clubs No of individual grants to clubs Total grants No of club events

Rabelais 52 164 $29,765 384*

Number of editions Number of students writing articles per edition per year Letters to the editor per edition and per year Distribution per edition

* This figure reflects the number of club events promoted on the LTSU

website. Not all club events are promoted on the website, so the figure doesn't reflect the actual level of club activity.

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Tax Help Program Volunteers trained by Australian Tax Office Tax Help Consultations with students

1900

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Number of Contributors per edition: Issue 1: 11; Issue 2: 12; Issue 3: 12; Issue 4: 14; Issue 5: 14; Issue 6: 12; Issue 7: 6; Issue 8: 14

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In 2012 Rabelais policy was not to publish letters to the Editor. Anyone wanting to express a view was instead encouraged to write a feature article

Volunteer Program Open Day Orientation & Enrolment Days*

8 Ave 12 per edition* 0**

Annual Elections 5

Number of nominations for office Number of votes cast

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OFFICE BEARERS 2012 President............................................................ Clare Keyes-Liley General Secretary........................................... Elinor Summers Vice President/Education Officer............. Anthony Hayes Queer Officer.................................................... Christopher Wheeler Rabelais Editor................................................. Darryl Ephraums Environment Officer...................................... Greg Wighton Environment Officer...................................... Daniel Broadstock Welfare Officer................................................. Andrew Smith Activities Officer.............................................. Tessa Mead Activities Officer.............................................. Hayden Grigg Postgraduate Officer..................................... Jayasree Pillai Women's Officer............................................. Jessica Day Disability Officer............................................. Emma Dook Aboriginal & Torres Straight Island Officer.................................................... Shane Fry

LTSU Council general members:

George Bath, Osman Volka Erciyes, Holly Burr, Mohamad Tabbaa, Daniel O’Connor and Kath Larkin.

Activities Committee:

Annina Nowak, Melek Demir, Chloe O’Brien, Ashleigh Hawkins and Therese Montalto.

Postgraduate Committee:

Kiranjeet Singh Purba, Farid Ahmaduddin, Mohamed Althaf Sheik Mumuvar, Bahar Amidpour and Areli Gutierrez Olvera

Associates International Students’ Association............................. President: Lily Yuen Eshan Arya elected President at 2012 AGM Mildura Students’ Association........................................ President: Brendan Alderton, then Rohan Morris Rachael Gibson elected President at 2012 AGM PEMSO..................................................................................... President: Shane Blessley Shepparton Students’ Association............................... Sarah Cartwright, then Andrew Hay Donnelle Paterson elected President at 2012 AGM

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STUDENT UNION STAFF Advocate Coordinator....................................................... Howard Wilson Advocate................................................................................. Kylie Ligertwood Advocate (Postgraduate).................................................. Heidi Ellemor Finance Officer...................................................................... Elissa Khoury, then Juliette Pongas, (Maternity leave reliever) Assistant Finance Officer.................................................. Belinda O'Lynn General Manager................................................................. Peter Hughes Office & Bookshop Coordinator.................................... Louise Newton-Keogh Bookshop & Reception Support Officer..................... Kylie Neilson Reception................................................................................ Lisa Huntington Operations Supervisor...................................................... Leanne Innes Clubs & Societies Officer................................................... Andrew Farina Events, Entertainment & Volunteer Officer............... Martin Cheale, then Tyler Cameron Graphic Designer................................................................. Anneli Bjorassen, then Nicole Johnson Student Legal Officer......................................................... Damien Walsh Student Theatre & Film Artistic Director.................... Bob Pavlich Student Theatre & Film Office Admin......................... Sonia Di Iorio ISA Coordinator.................................................................... Yan (Sean) Xu MSA Support Officer.......................................................... Troy Fikaris SSA Support Officer............................................................ Melissa Beaton LTSU would like to acknowledge the vital contributions made to its operations by casual staff and volunteers.


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