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 represent your interests to the University and wider community.

We hold a wide range of events to inform and entertain you, and to help you make connections and friendships while you are a member of the postgrad community.

SUPRA has been run for postgrad students, by postgrad students since 1970 – now it’s your turn to get involved!

How we’re run

SUPRA council

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 from 1 July to 30 June every year. All SUPRA members can vote and nominate to run in elections to join the SUPRA council.

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Executive

* President
* Vice President
* Treasurer
* Secretary
* Education Officer
* Director of Student Publications

Executive positions are responsible for the day-to-day management of SUPRA

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Equity Networks

* Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Officer
* Women’s Officer
* Queer Officer
* International Officer
* Disabilities Officer
* Satellite Campus Officer

Equity Networks help ensure fair representation for all postgrads

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Staff

* Student Advice and
Advocacy Officers
* Solicitors and Registered Migration Agents
* Administration and Publications Officers

SUPRA Council employs professional staff to provide advice and advocacy services, and administrative support

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

Get involved

We organise regular, free events for all postgrads

Free Lunch

Free Lunch takes place at a different faculty each month. Drop by and pick up a fresh sandwich, and take the opportunity to meet SUPRA councillors and volunteers.

Sport
We have paired with SSUF to provide free indoor rock climbing, yoga and body pump for SUPRA members.

Hiking
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.

Our services

SUPRa employs professional staff to provide support services to postgrads. Our services are free, confidential, and independent from the University

Student Advice and Advocacy Service

Our Student Advice and Advocacy Officers (SAAOs) can help with any academic and wellbeing issues you have while at uni:

• academic appeals
• Show Good Cause
• bullying and harassment
• special consideration
• academic honesty
• supervision
• renting and housing
• finances
• mental health issues/stress
• disability support

Legal Service

Our Legal Service employs solicitors who can help with a range of legal matters, such as:

• administrative law
• consumer complaints
• contracts, credit & debt
• migration and visas *
• domestic violence
• employment law
• family law
• intellectual property
• motor vehicle accidents
• traffic offences

 

* MARNs: 1911813 , 1912229

Get help

You have rights! here are some tips to protect them
Renting
You need a written tenancy agreement – even if you’re living in a sharehouse
The full legal name and residential address of the person you are renting from must be on your written agreement
Get receipts for any money you pay: your bond, security deposit and rent
You must inspect the property in person before you sign a lease
You must complete a condition report when your lease begins
Your bond has to be deposited with Fair Trading, not into your landlord or estate agent’s bank account! If you 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
Working
The minimum wage for all workers over 21 in Australia, including international students, is $19.49 (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’ compensation if you are injured at work
YOu have a right to join a union to protect your rights and conditions at work
Studying
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

*Access our free Student Advice and Advocacy and Legal services

* Get eGrad, our weekly newsletter

* Participate in the decisions that affect your studies

* Vote in SUPRA elections, and nominate to hold a position on SUPRA council

* Connect with other postgrads and attend SUPRA events