I hope you’ve all had a great break and are keen to jump right back in to the second-half of the study year. For those of you just beginning university, welcome. It was great to meet so many of you at the O-Week events and let you all know the importance of USASA. If there’s anything I can do for you please don’t hesitate to get in contact.
Now onto what I’ve been up to this month:
NUS Education Conference –
From the 3rd to the 7th of July, I attended the 2017 Education Conference, hosted at the University of Queensland. The conference featured workshops, panels of guest speakers, presentations, as well as plenty of opportunity to discuss student issues with other elected student representatives from across Australia.
I hosted a workshop titled ‘Protecting the Rights of Students in the Workplace’, alongside the NUS Welfare Officer – Jill Molloy. We discussed issues students are facing in the workplace, such as the exploitation of international students, the PaTH program, wage theft, and the impact of the cuts to penalty rates. It was a productive workshop, and was a great opportunity for students to canvas their ideas on what can be done to address these issues.
I also attended a panel titled ‘The Future of Education Funding and Legislation’, which featured former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia and former Treasurer of Australia – Wayne Swan, as well as NSW Senator – Lee Rhiannon, and the then Senator for Queensland – Larissa Waters. I had the chance to ask the panel what their parties would be doing to reform Australia’s Industrial Relations laws to ensure student workers are protected from the rampant wage theft which has seen many students being paid less than the minimum wage.
For the remainder of the week I attended a number of great workshops, where student representatives from across the country discussed how we can improve student advocacy services, how to better engage with international students, how we can improve on-campus mental health services, and how the introduction of HECS has led to a fairer, more accessible higher education sector.
Brekky Bar –
Last October during USASA Board elections, I spoke to many students that had been promised free Brekky Bar, and were disappointed that the only change to the price of Brekky Bar had been an increase in cost. I made the commitment that during my board term, I would push for Brekky Bar to be a free service for students.
I’m excited that this month I was able to finally bring a free Brekky Bar to the students of Mawson Lakes, and I will be volunteering to provide this service for the remainder of the year. It was great to see so many of you on the morning of Wednesday 26th of July, where I was joined by International Representative Luke Le. The Welfare Committee is currently exploring how we can improve Brekky Bar in 2018, and if you’d like your voice heard you can fill out our survey here.
Other things I’ve been up to:
- Mawson Lakes Master Plan Meeting – 30/06/17
- USASA Board Meeting – 10/07/17
- Clubs Committee Meeting – 11/07/17
- Welfare Committee Meeting – 13/07/17 (Apology due to sickness)
- Brekky Bar Planning with Kayla Dickeson – 14/07/17
- USASA O-Week & Campus Tours – Mawson Lakes – 18/07/17
- Mawson Lakes SSAF Event – 27/07/17
What I’ve got planned for next month:
- Clubs Committee Meeting – 01/08/17
- Brekkie Bar – 02/08/17
- USASA Board Meeting – 07/08/17
- Brekkie Bar – 09/08/17
- School of Commerce Formal Enquiry – 09/08/17
- Brekkie Bar – 16/08/17
- Brekkie Bar – 23/08/17
- Brekkie Bar – 30/08/17
- Welfare Committee Meeting – TBA
- Student Catch-ups with Jivan Jothi – TBA
- Meeting with Zoe Zweck and Delene Webber – TBA
That’s all for now, if you see me on campus then come and say hey! In the meantime if you have any issues or concerns feel free to send me an email on firstname.lastname@example.org