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Wom*n’s Officers Report – Week 4, Sem 2, 2019

Write for Us:

ENID is an online female-focused journalistic platform for university students that combines resources, creative material, entrepreneurial information and much more! If you have something you want to share (opinion pieces, poems, dances, speeches etc…) please get into contact with us by either emailing womens.officers@src.usyd.edu.au or direct Facebook messaging the USYD Women 2019 page. You can also visit https://enidnetwork.com/ and check out the resources and pieces we already have to offer!

ENID Videos:

According to a recent ABC report, 78% of Australian women are dissatisfied with their appearances. Women of all ages, particularly young women, struggle with their body image, sense of self and identities. USYD Women collaborated with three gorgeous USYD girls, Cady, Taseenn, Serena, to film a short video about female confidence and body positivity to encourage more women to accept their bodies and love who they are. Go to our FB page to check it out (USYD Women).

Sanitary Item Project:

Free sanitary items are now accessible on main campus at the SRC front office (Wentworth Building), in the Manning House Wom*n’s Room (which thanks to the USU has just been newly refurbished) and in the Courtyard bathrooms. Cumberland campus also had their free sanitary item box delivered.

Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill:

The 8th of August 2019 marked a historic moment for women’s reproductive rights in NSW, with the passage of the Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill 2019 in the NSW lower house. Abortion has been criminalised in NSW for 119 years under sections 82 to 84 of the Crimes Act 1900. On the 21st of August the Bill also passed a vote in the NSW Upper House (26 votes to 15). In mid-September motions to amend the Bill will be heard and voted on. A poll released on Tuesday this week also shows that 71% of voters support removing abortion from the Criminal Code as this is consistent with polls conducted over the past three decades. If you wish to learn more or get involved, more information can be accessed on the NSW Pro-Choice Alliance Webpage: nswprochoicealliance.org.au

Vice President’s Report – Week 4, Sem 2, 2019

Hello to Satellite Campuses!

In weeks 4 and 5, we will join our caseworkers to visit Mallet Street and Cumberland. We are promoting the SRC’s Textbook Subsidy Program. If you’re an undergraduate student in need, apply for the Textbook Subsidy Program at www.surveymonkey.com/r/srctextbooksubsidy. Or for more information, go to www.srcusyd.net.au/textbooksubsidy.

SSAF

The University has changed the way that your student organisations get their SSAF allocation each year. Each year, the newly elected SRC would make a submission for funding in January, with allocations sorted around July. Under the new system, the outgoing SRC will make a submission in October with allocations decided in February for the incoming SRC. This can benefit student representatives, allowing them to plan in semester 1 with a budget. However, it means that the 91st SRC will be submitting TWO applications!

Committees

We have been busy bringing student voices to the University’s decision-making committees. We spoke at the Student Consultative Committee about contract cheating and raised the timeliness of appeals at the Student Appeals Body. We enquired at the WHS Committee about the WHS module completion rate of the University’s employees. We asked about the University’s student experience plan in the Education and Research Education Committees. And we will continue bringing a student voice to all decisions of the University.
Here’s Why Student Housing Isn’t Affordable

Let’s assume a student is over 18, have no children and live in a share house. Their maximum Youth Allowance would be $455.20 per fortnight and Rent Assistance would be $91.47 per fortnight.

Now, a person experiences ‘housing stress’ if they are paying 30+% of income in housing. So at the maximum rate, students should not be paying more than (30% x $455.20) + (100% x $91.47) = $228.03 per fortnight. That’s $114.02 per week on housing.

BUT the University’s Regiment Building charges $348 per week and the Queen Mary charges $328 per week. Even with the very small amount of scholarships through UAC, half price rent comes at $174 and $164. So how can we expect students living on Centrelink payments to afford housing?

We thank Mel de Silva for sharing her insights into this issue. If you need help with student housing, please contact our professional caseworkers at help@src.usyd.edu.au.

President’s Report – Week 4, Sem 2, 2019

Strengthen Our Campus Safety

Following the incident where a student was randomly attacked on campus which happened roughly one month ago, the SRC is actively working with the USU to devise plans and strategies to bring to the Safer Community Advisory Group. We would love to hear from our University community about any suggestions that would assist us with trying to achieve this goal. Please send any recommendations or suggestions through to president@src.usyd.edu.au. All ideas are welcome, and ultimately this is going to help to more extensively protect the University community, including yourselves. If you encounter any danger or a physically intimidating situation on campus, please contact 9351 3333 to request Campus Security to help.

Know and Protect YOUR Employment Rights

There have been several cases of University students being paid below the minimum wage that have been reported by both student media and public media. Students should be aware that as of 1st of July 2019, the minimum wage rate is $19.49 per hour, or $740.80 per week. Any full or part time retail industry worker would be entitled to a further 25% penalty rate loading on Saturdays, and 80% loading on Sundays. You can use the minimum wages Fact Sheet on Fair Work Ombudsman to help you understand the level of pays and work rights that you are entitled to. You may find all relevant information here: fairwork.gov.au/how-we-will-help/templates-and-guides/fact-sheets/minimum-workplace-entitlements/minimum-wages. If you feel that you have been underpaid, you should immediately call 13 13 94 to speak with someone from Fair Work Ombudsman who will be able to assist you.