Executive visit to UNE (left to right) Edwina Ridgway with Rose Alwyn and Marie Leech

Message from the President
-  Executive visit to UNE
-  Forum Update
-  Future Leaders' Grant

UCA Forum
- See updated Program
- Registrations now open

Celebrating 40 years as College Principal
- See Edwina's Member Profile

Funding Grants
- UCA Funding Grants
- Funding grants for women in education sector

Member Resources
- Census of Student Accommodation Providers
- GST Tool & misreporting of student meals - advice
- Legal employment status of RAs - advice


From the President

Members of the Executive last week visited colleagues and colleges at the University of New England, meeting with Professor Peter Creamer (Chief Services Officer UNE); Ashwin Bhutani (Director, UNE Residential System); Heads of Colleges, including Dr Edwina Ridgway OAM (Duval and Smith & Drummond), Andrea Gledhill (Austin) and Caroline Pflaumer-Winer (Wright); and Dr David Daintree (Acting Master, St Albert’s). It was also a great pleasure for me to have dinner with the Chair of St Albert’s, Karl Schmude, and the newly appointed Master, Jason Lincoln. In all our positions as leaders of residential communities we face challenges and it is good to share with and support one another in these significant roles.

Our Forum is just over a month away and I do hope you will consider joining us if you have not already registered. Registration is free, and our website gives details of accommodation and payment for the dinners on Wednesday 30 September and Thursday 1 October.

On Friday 2 October we will launch a ‘Future Leaders Grant’ that will provide for two grants each calendar year, each one up to a sum of $2,000, to provide for deputies/deans to engage in a project, program, course and/or visits that will contribute to better collegiate life. Such projects or initiatives could include on-line programs, use of smart technology/social media etc.

With warmest wishes,

(Dr) Ian Walker

UCA Forum - RSVP by 14 September

The UCA Forum 2015 will commence with a Welcome Dinner at University House, ANU on Wednesday 30 September and continue to Friday 2 October.  There is no charge to members to attend the Forum and only a small charge to attend the Dinners. Registrations are now open and please see Program and Registration details here. For room and catering purposes, please RSVP to the Executive Officer by Monday 14 Septmber.

Note: Should registrants require an invoice to process payment for the Dinners, please contact Deborah Pugh at Executive Officer to request a tax invoice.

Celebrating 40 years as Principal

The recent Executive visit to UNE was timely as it coincided with Edwina Ridgway's 40th Anniversary as College Principal.  Read more at our Member Profile.  We look forward to formally acknowledging this significant milestone at our Forum.

Member Grants:

With the launch of the 'Future Leaders Grant' for deputies/deans at our Forum, it is timely to remind members to consider the UCA Research and Conference Grants. Further information can be found at the UCA website.

Funding Grants for women in education
Women and Leadership Australia is administering a national initiative to support the development of female leaders in education. Read more.

Member Resources:

Census of Student Accommodation Providers 

Among other things, the Census found that the purpose built student accommodation sector is now operating under a variety of ownership and management arrangements, with universities or other charities owning and managing about 57 per cent of the places in the sector and commercial entities (a rapidly growing part of the sector) owning and/or managing the other 43 per cent.The Census can be accessed here.

GST Tool & misreporting of student meals

UCA requested advice from Peter McDonald on the circumstances in which colleges and halls that have elected to use the ATO's Residential Colleges GST Tool to determine how much Goods and Services Tax (GST) to remit to the ATO, have a taxation liability if they fail to report bundled student meals to the Tool.

Catered colleges potentially exposed to this issue are those that have elected to use the GST Tool and have answered 'No' to question 17 in the contracts worksheets in cases where students are subject to mandatory charges for meals.

Please find a copy of Peter McDonald's advice here, or contact the Executive Officer to request a copy of this advice by return email.


Legal Employment Status of RA's

Peter McDonald's advice on the legal employment status of College RAs can be found at our website at our Member Archive Resources.

Should you have difficulty with the initial 'login' process at the Members Section of our website, please contact Deborah Pugh at  Executive Officer  who can set up the initial login for you.

Other Calendar Dates

R U OK Day: 10 September:
An annual day to remind people to ask family, colleagues, students the question, R U OK?  For a range of online fact sheets, tips and forums to help adolescents to young adults see ReachOut.com 

Should you have difficulty with the initial 'login' process at the Members Section of our website, please contact Deborah Pugh at  Executive Officer  who can set up the initial login for you.




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