ABOUT Clubs & Societies

Over 100 student-run Clubs & Societies run activities, events, competitions, productions, get-togethers, seminars, camps, conferences and more for over 10,000 student members. Clubs & Societies aims to foster student participation in clubs, facilitate the activities and administration of clubs, provide financial and administrative support to clubs and liaise between clubs, the Monash Student Association and the University.

Benefits of Clubs & Societies

Joining a club or society (or two) at university will not only help students make new friends and make their time studying at university more enjoyable, but it can also help to develop both life and vocational skils which can assist with their future employment. Clubs & Societies helps develop skills such as:

  • Leadership - Becoming an elected office-bearer for any club can provide valuable leadership skills.
  • Communication - Being able to communicate with other committee members, write official letters, or even unofficial group emails or invitations to all club members helps develop communication skills.
  • Networking - Clubs provide numerous networking activities that not only help members with the development of social or studying networks but also the opportunity to interact with industry professionals through specific events.
  • Public speaking - Speaking at conferences, general club meetings, committee meetings and at social functions can help develop students' public speaking skills. Confidence with public speaking can help improve students' communication skills and confidence.
  • Financial management - Clubs are subject to strict financial controls and must account for all of their income and expenditure. Club Treasurers gain budgeting and financial skills during their term in office by completing bi-annual audits and complying with C&S financial procedures.
  • Event management - Running a ball, BBQ, camp or conference for 10 to 1000 people requires event management skills. Club members can gain these skills through involvement in organising club events.
  • Community service - Social welfare clubs provide students with direct opportunities to get involved in community service.

Within Clubs & Societies

Clubs & Societies Council
Clubs & Societies is governed by the Clubs & Societies Council, which is comprised of all club Presidents as represents all of the clubs affiliated to Clubs & Societies and the Clubs & Societies Executive.

Clubs & Societies Executive
The Clubs & Societies Executive is a nine-person body elected from the Clubs & Societies Council and is responsible for the Affiliation, Rregistration and funding of clubs, administration of the C&S budget and prosecution of acts of misconduct by clubs. Elections for the Executive are held in September each year.

Clubs & Societies is supported by a Support Officer, a Development Officer, three Auditors and an MSA Manager.

outside clubs & societies

Clubs & Societies is a non-political, autonomous division of the Monash Student Association (MSA). Clubs & Societies is funded by the MSA and the MSA provides facilities, administrative support and staff resources. As a division of the MSA, Clubs & Societies has a number of important privileges:

  • Representation on the Monash Student Council (comprised of all MSA departments, divisions and elected student representatives) through the Clubs & Societies Representative
  • Representation on the Monash Student Council Executive (comprised of the MSA President, Secretary, Treasurer, General Representative and Divisional Representative) through the Divisional Representative position which is shared with the two other Divisions of the MSA, MAPS (Mature Age & Part Time Students) and MUISS (Monash University International Students Service).
  • Carry forward of unexpended funds year-on-year/Accumulation of funds year-on-year from the Monash Student Association
  • Protection from Clubs & Societies budget adjustments of more than 10% by Monash Student Council without an absolute majority of the Council in favour of the adjustment

The Monash Student Council may not amend any of the above privileges without the approval of Clubs & Societies. Only the Clubs & Societies Council may approve amendments to the Clubs & Societies Constitution.