Election to Council of a professional staff member

Invitation to nominate

The current term of the professional staff member of the ANU Council, Ms Deborah Veness, will expire on 25 May 2018. It is therefore necessary to hold an election in order to elect one member of the Council by the professional staff of the University.

For the purposes of this election a member of the professional staff, as defined in the Council (Elections) Rules, is a person holding a full-time or part-time standard or fixed term professional staff appointment in the University on pay day 8 February 2018 and who was paid a salary by the University on that day. All references in the Rules to 'general staff' are interpreted as meaning 'professional staff'.

The member elected will hold office for a term of two years from 26 May 2018.

Nominations are invited from eligible members of the professional staff for election. Each nomination must be made in writing by two members of the professional staff qualified to vote at the election and must contain the written consent of the candidate to the nomination.  Subject to these requirements, no particular form of nomination is prescribed, but a specimen nomination form is available from this webpage. Nominations open at 9:00am on Tuesday 13 February 2018.

In addition, to enable candidate details to be made available to the electorate via the web, nominations should include a biographical and policy statement from the candidate (no more than 200 words) and a recent photograph. By submitting these statements, candidates consent to them being publishing on the ANU webpage.

Nominations (along with the candidates biographical and policy statement and photograph) should be emailed to returning.officer@anu.edu.au (or posted or delivered to The Returning Officer, Room 1.07A, Chancelry (Bldg 10), Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 0200). Nominations must reach the Returning Officer by 12:00pm on Tuesday 6 March 2018.

Information session

An information session will be held to explain in more detail to interested staff the role of the Council, what it means to be a Council member and the election process. The session will be held on Monday 19 February 2018, at 2:00pm, in the RC Mills Room, Level 4, Chancelry Building. RSVP is not required. Please note, this will be a combined information session with the professional staff elections to Academic Board.


If there is more than one nomination, an electronic ballot will be held. All staff employed as full-time or part-time standard or fixed term members of the professional staff and were paid a salary on Thursday 8 February 2018 are eligible to vote for each of the candidates.

A roll of members of staff eligible for nomination or to vote in the election of professional staff to Council may be consulted at the Corporate Governance & Risk Office, Room 1.07A in the Chancelry (Bldg 10).  The provisions of the Australian National University Act 1991 and the Statute and Rules concerning the election may be consulted on this webpage.

Andrew Heath
Returning Officer
13 February 2018