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 nominate to run in elections to 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
Solicitors and Registered Migration Agents
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
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 2019 the maximum SSAF was $308 per student; SUPRA received 11% of the total SSAF allocation at Sydney Uni.
Total 2019 SSAF allocations
Read more about SSAF on the Univeristy of Sydney website.
Free Lunch & Advice
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 any academic or wellbeing issues you have while at uni:
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bullying and harassment
renting and housing
mental health issues
Our Legal Service employs solicitors who can help with a range of legal matters, such as:
contracts, credit and debt
migration and visas *
motor vehicle accidents
* MARNs: 1911813 & 1912229
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 receiptsfor 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 reportwithin 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 a 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 a 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 over 21 in Australia, including international students, is $19.84 an hour (before tax). Casual employees are entitled to at least 15% loading on top of this.
- You are entitled to super (superannuation), as well as pay.
- You have a right to a safe work environment, and workers’ compensationif you are injured at work.
- You have a 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 – take a look at what we’ve found!
Images credits for this page: Hang Jia and Erwin Chen – with thanks!