University of Technology, Sydney

UniSuper Consultative Committee — election of academic staff

For the election of one academic staff member of UniSuper
For the term of office four years: from declaration of election to approximately 31 March 2024
Electorate

Any university academic staff member who is entitled to benefits under the Defined Benefit Division or who is a Division C14 member of UniSuper* can stand as a candidate, nominate candidates and vote in this UniSuper election.

The UniSuper Deed of Amendment No. 41 (July 2019) (PDF) states that academic representatives on the Consultative Committee shall be elected by the academic staff of the university who are UniSuper members.

Note: Generally this would include continuing or fixed-term staff who have been employed by UTS for over one year. If you have any questions about your eligibility, please contact the Electoral Office (elections@uts.edu.au).

Ballot opens Wednesday 18 March 2020
closes Wednesday 1 April 2020 at 3pm
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Candidates in ballot paper order

Candidates' statements

Dr Jeremy Walker

Unisuper has “no plans to divest its $170 million investment in 14 thermal coal companies nor the $7.82 billion it had spread across 13 gas, oil and petrol companies” (SMH). As global heating accelerates, the everyday business of such companies meets neither ethical nor prudential standards for long term investment of members’ funds.

As the NTEU endorsed candidate, I’m seeking my colleagues’ support to advocate for Unisuper to adopt a responsible investment policy. As a member of the Consultative Committee I would seek appointment of directors to the Unisuper Board in light of commitment to an investment policy which:

  1. is congruent with the Paris Climate Treaty
  2. protects members from increasing stranded asset risk
  3. screens companies which are members of lobbying associations with a history of opposition to effective climate policy
  4. uses Unisuper’s voting rights at AGMs to support (not oppose) shareholder motions in this direction.

Dr Harald Scheule

Harald (Harry) Scheule is a Professor of Finance at UTS with hands-on professional expertise on superannuation matters. This includes an in-depth understanding of life insurance, fund performance, fund adequacy, consumer finance, accounting, higher education and credit guarantees.

Harry has been a UniSuper DB member for over fifteen years. He is a member of the FINSIA Retail Banking Council and the Global Association of Risk Professionals. He maintains active professional relationships with regulators, including the superannuation regulator Australian Prudential Regulation Authority.

Given the recent market shocks, a strong voice on the Consultative Committee combined with the profound understanding of financial system resilience and performance guarantees are key to avoid adverse outcomes that we have seen in the past.

Electing Harry brings you his strong commitment to promote members’ outcomes, senior professional profile to face complex issues, and proven comprehensive financial skills.

How to vote in an online ballot

  1. Note your candidate choices and preference order
  2. Log in to UTS: Elections Online Polling Booth
  3. Choose the election you wish to vote in
  4. Select the candidates you wish to vote for
  5. Check your vote
  6. When you are ready, choose 'submit' to record your vote.

Conduct

Participants in elections (candidates, their representatives and voters) are expected to follow the same high standard of conduct and behaviour during the campaign process as is expected on campus generally. The behaviour of election candidates and their representatives should meet expected standards of conduct. See Code of Conduct for UTS Elections.

Concerns about security due to election-related conduct should be reported to UTS Security. Phone +61 2 9514 1192, or dial ‘6’ on any UTS phone.

Further information

The schedule for this election has information about the election rules, Returning Officer and Academic Board Committees.

About voting has information about votes, confidentiality and determining election outcomes.