January 2017 – Mawson Lakes Rep

Hi everyone, I hope you all have had a relaxing study break and are ready for everything 2017 brings! I’m looking forward to working hard to improve your university experience this year.

I had the privilege of representing UniSA at the 2016 National Union of Students National Conference, where we discussed and passed plenty of substantive, student-focused policies. I’m particularly proud of the ‘Your Rights at Work, Uni, & Home’ campaign being run by the Welfare Department. I look forward to discussing the importance of the NUS with students this year, and how important our continued affiliation is.

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National Union of Students’ National Conference

The NUS is the peak representative body for students across Australian universities. Established in 1987,  the student-run organisation has been instrumental in the higher education movement, fighting back against such issues as university fee deregulation and sexual assault on-campus.

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January President’s Report

Hello all!


Happy to introduce myself as the new University of South Australia Student Association President for 2017. January so far has been spent setting up for the new year and getting ready for the students to come back in March. USASA has been busy preparing for events such as O’Week and ClubsFest at the beginning of the semester. I’ve had various meetings with the USASA staff to map out the year and focus on what our strategic goals for the year are. I have been meeting with the UniSA Wellbeing team to map out how USASA can engage with the Wellbeing Action Plan being rolled out in 2017, with a particular interest in the mental health and sexual violence on-campus campaigns and initiatives.

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Welcome 2017 – Whyalla Campus


Hi all, I am the Whyalla Campus Student Representative for the University of South Australia Student Association (USASA). My name is Kemal Brkic and I am a mature age student studying my third year in Bachelor of Education (Primary).

This is my second term on the student board, and I am here to assist students in the following areas;

  • If you have any issues with your studies there are people to help you, there is Campus Central and Lauren Johnson, Regional Student Support Officer and if your matters deal with academic integrity we have staff who specifically work in advocacy at USASA, so please feel free to contact us to help you out https://usasa.sa.edu.au/advocacy
  • At the Whyalla Campus we have the Movie Lovers Club however if you have an idea about starting a new club, feel free to contact us to get your idea moving; you will need a membership of 10 however for our campus we understand this might take some time to gain, so please start and make it happen, here is some more info; https://usasa.sa.edu.au/runningclubs
  • USASA is independent from the University and we want to make your experience extra special so if you can think of any ideas to do this then please contact me at the email below.

Looking forward to seeing you all at O-Week on Monday 20th Feb and Tuesday 21st February, I will touch base with you after this to outline some more great activities for the year.


Be Safe

Kemal Brkic


Postgraduate rep – Jan report

Hi everyone!

We’ve just returned from our USASA board retreat, where all of the USASA student representatives work together for two days to undertake intensive training, workshop ideas, and get to know each other! I am feeling so motivated and excited to begin enacting change within our organisation and within the university. I have already been working hard to settle into my role. Something I am really excited about is attending my first University Council meeting.

A few things that I’ve been doing are….

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December 2016- international student report

Hi everyone,

I hope you enjoyed the season festivities 2016. As my job as USASA international student representative 2016 came to its end, this will be my last post for the year 2016.

I wrote an article for the international uni blog which I will copy-paste here for those who won’t see it on Facebook pages.

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November and December Report

The last couple of months of the year were packed with final assignments, USASA and conferences! Students were going through their final exams, so the Board helped out at our USASA Examinaid shifts, providing students with free pens, calculators and a shoulder to cry on throughout the exam period. USASA looked toward 2017, beginning to map out our events for the year. Continue reading