Election to Council of a professional staff member

Returning Officer's report

The 2018 election of a member of Council by members of the professional staff of the University was held in accordance with the Australian National University Act 1991, the Council (Elections) Statute 2016 and the Council (Elections) Rule 2016.

Four candidates nominated for election to Council. All candidates and their nominators were checked against the professional staff roll comprising those 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 were paid a salary by the University on that day. All nominations were in order. The candidates were Mr Mitchell McKenzie, Ms Jo Higgins, Ms Deborah Veness and Ms Claire Shrewsbury.

An electronic ballot was conducted, using the University's APOLLO system. By the close of the poll, 324 professional staff had registered a vote.

The scrutiny of the electronic count was conducted in the office of the Returning Officer (Corporate Governance & Risk Office) at 12:00pm on Tuesday 10 April 2018. Ms Leslie McDonald from the Corporate Governance & Risk Office and Mr Simon Jenkins from the Strategic Communications and Public Affairs Division verified the results of the count.

Votes received on the count of first preferences were as follows:

Mitchell McKenzie


Jo Higgins


Deborah Veness


Claire Shrewsbury


As no candidate had an absolute majority of votes after the distribution of first preferences, further preferences were distributed, until a candidate received an absolute majority. After that further distribution of preferences occurred, Claire Shrewsbury received 159 votes to Deborah Veness with 140 votes (with 25 exhausted votes).

I am satisfied that the election process undertaken has not been vitiated by reason of an irregularity in the course or conduct of the election.

I declare Ms Claire Shrewsbury elected.

Andrew Heath
Returning Officer
10 April 2018