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Newsletter - April 2023

Updated: Dec 21, 2023


Dear members,


I hope that this month’s UCA newsletter finds you well. It has been an eventful period for us all, and I am excited to share some important information and opportunities in this edition.



Online Talk: Making Sense of the Voice


On 27 April at 2pm, we will be hosting a one-hour session on the imminent Voice Referendum, featuring Professors Anne Twomey and Ken Hinchcliff.

In the first half of the session, Professor Twomey, one of Australia’s leading constitutional lawyers, will guide us through the history of the referendum and issues raised by its critics. She will address:

  • The history and rationale of the Voice referendum

  • The legitimacy of key concerns, including judicial review, the making of representations to the Executive Government, and the idea that the government is asking for a "blank cheque" without providing sufficient detail

  • What happens after the referendum succeeds or fails


In the latter half, Professor Hinchcliff, the head of Trinity College within The University of Melbourne, will lead a conversation about the role of university colleges amid the referendum. We will address questions such as:

  • Should individual colleges take a public position on the Voice?

  • How proactive should colleges be in helping their students cast an informed vote?

  • If so, how should such education be undertaken?


This event is targeted at university college leaders who wish to expand their knowledge on the Voice referendum and make decisions about institutional engagement with this important democratic process.




Remuneration Survey


Every 3-5 years, UCA runs a national survey – to be completed by college heads – on the remuneration packages of college employees. The purpose of this survey is to provide heads of colleges with insights about remuneration standards across the sector.


Responses to the survey will be incorporated into a report. This report will not permit the possibility of inferring the identity of respondents, and all data held by UCA is encrypted.


I would be very grateful if college heads could anonymously complete this survey by 30 April:


We will be in touch with additional updates soon.



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