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.

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 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.

Executive

  • President

  • Vice President

  • Treasurer

  • Secretary

  • Education Officer

  • Director of Student Publications

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

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 legal services, advice and advocacy services, and administrative support

Become a SUPRA Councillor

All Sydney Uni postgrads can run for Council positions – the election happens between March and May every year.

Sign up to eGrad or check our events calendar to hear about upcoming elections!

Who we are

SUPRA Executive

Co-President

Co-Vice President

Education Officer

Co-President

Co-Secretary

Shiyu (Eolande) Bao
secretary@supra.usyd.edu.au

Treasurer

Co-Vice President

Co-Secretary

Zhuoyuan (Sally) Xie
secretary@supra.usyd.edu.au

Director of Student Publications

Qinghan (Hanna) Zhang
publications@supra.usyd.edu.au

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.

SUPRA events

We organise regular, free events for all postgrads – check our Facebook, Instagram or events calendar for news

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

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

SUPRA events are FREE for all members!

Our services

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!

Student Advice and Advocacy Service

Our Student Advice and Advocacy Officers (SAAOs) can help with any academic or 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:

  • intellectual property

  • consumer complaints

  • contracts, credit and debt

  • migration and visas *

  • domestic violence

  • employment law

  • family law

  • motor vehicle accidents

  • traffic offences

  • administrative law

 

* MARNs: 1911813 & 1912229

Get help

You have rights! 

Here are some tips to protect them – browse our Get help pages for more information on these topics and many others!

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.

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
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Browse our Get help pages for more information about your academic rights and responsibilites

Working

  • The minimum wage for all workers over 21 in Australia, including international students, is $19.84 (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.

Join SUPRA!

SUPRA membership is FREE and open to all Sydney Uni postgrads

Celebrating 50 years of 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!