Nominations open on Tuesday 19 October 2021 for some CPSU positions, including Section Secretary, Governing Councillor, Section Officer and Section Councillor, in areas where there are vacancies.

Nominations close 12 noon (AEDT) Tuesday 9 November.

All CPSU members in areas where there are vacancies are encouraged to get involved and have a say in choosing their workplace leadership.

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 and the election notice are available on the CPSU website here or from the Returning Officer upon request.

The CPSU Elections are conducted by the AEC in accordance with the CPSU PSU Group Rules.


  • 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 (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, to build and promote the union in their work area, represent members, and engage with employers alongside union officials and staff.

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?

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 1 February 2022 and close at 5.00pm (AEDT) on 1 March 2021.

If you have changed your postal address, make sure you update your details now using our online member portal here. If it is your first time logging in, click on the red "Sign in" button and then "Forgot password".  

You can also call the Member Service Centre on 1300 137 636 to update your details over the phone.

Who is conducting the election for the AEC?

Genevieve Hughes is the AEC Returning Officer who can be reached on (03) 9285 7111.

Copying or inspecting the roll of voters

The CPSU will not provide membership lists or roll of voters to candidates. Please direct all roll queries and requests to inspect the roll to the AEC.

Candidate statements for AEC publication with the ballot paper

For positions on the Governing Council (Section Secretary, Governing Councillor), candidates may lodge a written statement of not more than 250 words in support of their candidature. The statement may only include personal details, employment history, policy details and the candidate's claims for election and may not include any photos, pictures or diagrams.

Please submit your statement to the Returning Officer as a word document (.doc) either by the AEC’s industrial elections candidate online form no later than 12:00 noon (AEDT), 23 November 2021.

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), 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, 23 November 2021 to:

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; and
  2. the candidate or candidates commented on are given reasonable space to reply in the same publication in which the original comment is published.