CPSU members are encouraged to get involved and have a say in choosing their union's leadership 

CPSU elections are conducted by the AEC in accordance with the CPSU PSU Group Rules

Nominations have now closed.


Information for members and the Election Notice

Nominations open on Tuesday 19 October 2021 for CPSU positions, including Section Secretary, Governing Councillor, Section Officer and Section Councillor. Nominations close 12 noon (AEDT) Tuesday 9 November 2021.

Please see the Election Notice for the list of positions open for nomination and to find out which positions you are eligible to nominate for.

The nomination form is available on the CPSU website here or from the Returning Officer upon request. 

Timetable

  • Nominations open Tuesday 19 October 2021.
  • Nominations close 12.00 noon (AEDT) on Tuesday 9 November 2021.

Term length

All positions run from when the AEC declares the election results, until 31 December 2023.

About the positions

Section Secretaries and Governing Councillors represent their section of the union on the Governing Council, as the supreme governing body of the union and assist the relevant National Officers to manage the affairs of their section. In practice, this generally means they work with a national team of delegates, often through a Section Council structure, help to build and promote the union in their work area, represent members and engage with employers, working with union officials and staff to do so.

Section Councillors assist in this work, representing members in a state or particular work area on their Section Council.

Who can nominate?

Nominations are open to all financial members eligible to stand in the particular electorate. Check the Election Notice to find out which positions you are eligible to nominate for.

How do I nominate?

Just fill in a nomination form and return it to the AEC Returning Officer:

  • By email: A properly completed nomination form including all necessary signatures may be scanned and submitted to [email protected] Note that emails greater than 6 MB may not be accepted by the AEC’s firewall.

It is the responsibility of senders to ensure that their nomination form and candidate statement reaches the AEC before the deadline for nominations. 

When would the election ballot be conducted?

Where a ballot is required, the AEC will send ballot papers to all members eligible to vote who are financial as at Tuesday 12 October 2021. The ballot, if required, will open on Tuesday 1 February 2022 and close at 5.00 pm (AEDT) on Tuesday 1 March 2022. If you have changed your postal address, make sure you update your details now - log into your member portal and go to go to My profile and select My information to check the postal address we have on file.

Who is conducting the election for the AEC?

Genevieve Hughes is the AEC Returning Officer who can be reached on 03 9285 7161.

Copying or inspecting the roll of voters

A candidate or member may inspect the roll of voters at the AEC Office. The CPSU will not provide membership lists to candidates. Please direct all roll queries to inspect the roll to the AEC.

Candidate statements for AEC publication with the ballot paper

Candidates for offices of Section Secretaries may lodge a written statement, of no more than 250 words, in support of their candidature. Statements may only include personal details, employment history, policy details and the candidate’s claims for election. Only statements which comply with the Rules and are received by the Returning Officer by 12:00pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT) on Tuesday 23 November 2021 can be accepted and distributed with the ballot material.

  • By email: [email protected]. Note that emails greater than 6 MB may not be accepted by the AEC’s firewall.

Candidate statements for CPSU publication as per Rule 3.23

Where there is more than one nomination for a position on Governing Council (Section Secretary, Governing Councillor and Section President elected from a section with more than 2,000 members), candidates can submit a 250 word statement and a photo of themselves in support of their nomination which will be published on the CPSU website and/or other CPSU publications.

What can the CPSU candidate statement contain?

The statement may only include personal details, employment history, policy details and the candidate’s claims for election. It should be truthful, accurate and free from defamatory or discriminatory statements. It cannot include diagrams or pictures (except that candidates for a position on Governing Council may include a candidate photo).

Statements must be received by the CPSU no later than 5pm Tuesday 23 November 2021 to [email protected] 

What about comments on other candidates for CPSU publication?

If candidates comment in their statement about any other candidate the CPSU is obligated not to publish the statement without providing that person a right of reply, as per the following rule 3.23(c):

If any item submitted for publication in an edition of any official PSU Group publication published between the calling of nominations in an election and the closing date for voting in the election comments on any other candidate directly or indirectly that article shall not be accepted for publication unless:

  1. a copy of the item is sent to the candidate or candidates commented on in the article at least 7 days prior to the closing date for acceptance of items for the publication;
  2. and the candidate or candidates commented on are given reasonable space to reply in the same publication in which the original comment is published.

Candidate statements

For positions on the Governing Council (Section Secretary, Governing Councillor and Section President elected from a section with more than 2,000 members), candidates may lodge a written statement of not more than 250 words in support of their candidature.

Statements received will be be published here. Statements will be presented in the order candidates appear on the ballot paper.

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