Election to Council of a professional staff member

Council professional staff election 2020

With the expiry on 25 May 2020 of the term of office of Mrs Claire Shrewsbury it is necessary to hold an election in order to elect one member of the professional staff of the University to the ANU Council.

The member elected will hold office for a term of two years from 26 May 2020.

The ANU Council is the governing body of the University. The role of the ANU Council and its committees is to ensuring effective overall governance and management of the University.

There are currently 15 positions on the ANU Council consisting of the Chancellor, the Vice-Chancellor, members elected by the academic and professional staff, undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as seven external members appointed by the Federal Minister for Education & Training.

Nominations will open on 10 March 2020 for: one member of the professional staff of the University to be elected to the ANU Council.

To be eligible to nominate, you must have been paid a salary by the University on pay day - Thursday 5 March 2020, and on that date be employed as a full-time or part-time standard or fixed term member of the professional staff. For the purposes of this election, all references in the Rules to 'general staff' are interpreted as meaning 'professional staff'.  An email will be sent to all eligible professional staff members on 10 March 2020 calling for nominations.


If you are interested in finding out more about what a role on the Council entails - an information session will be held about the role of the Council, what it means to be a Council member and the election process. The session will be held on Thursday 12 March 2020, between 10 and 11am in the RC Mills Room, Level 4, Chancelry Building. Please feel free to attend. 


  • Nominations should be emailed to returning.officer@anu.edu.au. A nomination must be signed by 2 persons eligible to vote in the election (other than the candidate) and must contain the signed consent of the candidate to the nomination.


  • Nominations will close strictly at 5pm on Monday 30 March 2020.


  • Should an election be required, voting papers will be issued on 7 April 2020.


A MS Word version of the Nomination form is available from this link.


For more information regarding ANU Council Elections, including nomination forms, timetables and election rules, please direct all enquiries to me at x54080 or email returning.officer@anu.edu.au.



Megan Easton

Returning Officer