NUSA has a number of Collectives that you can join for free. Our Collectives organise around and advocate based on foundational issues. Each Collective is self-organised, and is represented on the NUSA Council by an elected student Convener. Some Collectives, such as Women's, Queer, Disability, Indigenous and International are autonomous - this means that membership or decision-making power is reserved for students who identify as belonging to that respective equity group.
The Women's Collective organises around principles of intersectional feminism in order to provide advocacy and social support for women-identifying students at the University of Newcastle. Membership of the Collective is open to anybody who identifies as women in whole, part or in transition.
The Queer Collective provides advocacy and social support for University of Newcastle students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex or queer (LGBTIQ). The Collective holds frequent meetings and organises Pride Week - one of the largest events on the University's calendar.
Disability and Carers Collective
The Disability and Carers Collective (formerly Equity) provides support for students who are living with disability, chronic or mental illness, or who are in a caring role. The Collective's objective is to ensure that every student has an equitable opportunity to complete their studies and participate in campus life.
The Indigenous Collective provides social, cultural and advocacy space for students who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.
International Students' Collective
NUSA proudly advocates for the interests of International Students, who are often financially and emotionally exploited by the tertiary education sector. The International Students' Collective organises around International Student issues and joins local and national campaigns.