Welcome to SUPRA
Your postgraduate student association
Students working for students
If you’re having trouble with your studies, the University, your landlord, or even the law, we’re here to help.
We are the Sydney University Postgraduate Representative Association. We represent your interests to the University and wider community. We hold a wide range of events to inform and entertain you. We help you make connections and friendships while you’re a member of the postgrad community.
How we’re run
SUPRA is run by a democratically elected council of postgraduate students.
Elections are held every year between March and May, and the council term is 1 July – 30 June every year. All SUPRA members can vote in the elections, as well as become a candidate to run in council elections. You could join the SUPRA Council!
Director of Student Publications.
Executive positions are responsible for the day-to-day management of SUPRA.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Officer
Satellite Campus Officer.
Equity Networks help ensure fair representation for all postgrads.
Postgraduate Advocacy and Policy Officers
Administration and Publications Officers
SUPRA Council employs professional staff to provide legal services, advice and advocacy services, and administrative support.
Become a SUPRA Councillor
Who we are
SUPRA Equity Officers
How we’re funded
Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF)
SUPRA is funded through the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF), which all students pay.
SSAF is pooled and distributed among student services and student unions.
In 2020 the maximum SSAF was $308 per student; SUPRA received 11% of the total SSAF allocation at Sydney Uni.
Total 2020 SSAF allocations
Read more about SSAF on the Univeristy of Sydney website.
Free Lunch takes place each month. Drop by and pick up a fresh sandwich, and take the opportunity to meet SUPRA councillors and volunteers.
We have paired with SUSF to provide free indoor rock climbing, yoga and body pump for SUPRA members.
Meet new friends and take a break from study! We arrange regular hikes and bushwalks, so you can get out and explore Sydney and its surrounds.
Wine & Cheese
A SUPRA tradition! Mingle and relax with a drink (or two) at a cozy bar on campus. Live music and snacks provided.
SUPRA events are FREE for all members!
SUPRA employs professional staff to provide support services to SUPRA members.
Our services are free, confidential, and independent from the University. To access our services join SUPRA now!
Our Postgraduate Advocacy and Policy Officers can help with most academic or wellbeing issues you have while at uni, such as:
academic honesty, misconduct and plagiarism
contact with faculty or the University
harassment, discrimination and bullying
making a complaint
renting and housing
show cause and exclusion
welfare matters such as disability and sexual misconduct.
Our Legal Service employs solicitors who can help you with a range of legal matters, such as:
visas and migration
motor vehicle accidents
credit and debt
You have rights!
Here are some tips to protect them – browse our Get help pages for more information on these topics and many others!
- You need a written tenancy agreement – even if you’re living in a share house.
- The full legal name and address of the person you are renting from must be on your written agreement.
- Get receipts for any money you pay: your holding deposit, bond or security deposit, and rent.
- You must inspect the property before you sign a lease.
- You must complete and return the condition report within 7 days from when your lease begins.
- Your bond has to be deposited with Fair Trading, not into your landlord or estate agent’s bank account! You must be offered direct online lodgement of your bond with Fair Trading. If you choose another method, and don’t get a deposit notice, contact Fair Trading to make sure it was deposited.
- You have a right to access free, professional advice and advocacy from your local tenancy service.
Coursework students have the right to:
- timely and constructive feedback
- appeal a grade or mark
- request special arrangements and/or special consideration
- fair assessment
- reasonable adjustments, if registered with Disability Services.
HDR students have the right to:
- at least 2 supervisors
- constructive feedback on submitted work within one month (equivalent to one chapter)
- induction by your faculty
- recreational leave, suspension and time off.
- The minimum wage for all workers aged over 21-years-old in Australia, including international students, is $19.84 per hour (before tax). Casual employees are entitled to at least 15% loading on top of this.
- You are entitled to superannuation (super), as well as pay.
- You have the right to a safe work environment, and workers’ compensation if you are injured at work.
- You have the right to join a union to protect your rights and conditions at work.
SUPRA membership is FREE and open to all Sydney Uni postgrads
Students working for students
Want to learn more about SUPRA’s history?
We’ve been looking through our archives – check out what we’ve found!
Images credits for this page: Hang Jia and Erwin Chen – with thanks!