Australian Union of Students

Julia Gillard the last president of AUS.

The Australian Union of Students (AUS) was formed in December 1970 as the successor to the National Union of Australian University Students (NUAUS) as a representative body and lobby group for Australian University and College of Advanced Education students. It collapsed in 1984 and was succeeded by the National Union of Students in 1987. The NUAUS had been formed in 1937 as a representative body for Australian university students, and changed its name to reflect the addition of colleges of advanced education to the tertiary education system in Australia.

The archives of the Australian Union Of Students are held at the National Library of Australia.[1]

Former Premier of South Australia John Bannon was President of NUAUS in 1968.[2] Laser physicist Frank Duarte was a Macquarie delegate to AUS in 1980.[3] Julia Gillard, the 27th Prime Minister of Australia, was elected President of the Australian Union of Students in 1983,[4][5] At the end of her term a committee chaired by an independent delegate wound up the union.


  1. "MS 2412 Records of the Australian Union of Students", National Library of Australia, Last modified on 13 November 2003. Retrieved on 2010-07-03.
  2. Sa Parliament, "John Charles Bannon", "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-09-01. Retrieved 2006-06-24. Accessed 26 October 2010.
  3. F. J. Duarte, Laser Physicist (Optics Journal, New York, 2011).
  4. Fitzgerald, Ross. "Say, weren't you left-wing? ", The Australian, Sydney, 3 July 2010. Retrieved on 2010-07-03.
  5. "'A tough trailblazer'", The Straits Times, Sydney, 24 June 2010. Retrieved on 2010-07-03.

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