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Fares Fair PTV is a student-led campaign working to secure public transport concessions for postgraduate students in Victoria. Concession fares are a standard entitlement for postgraduate students in all other states. In the lead-up to the November state election, Fares Fair PTV is calling on both major parties to commit to extending student public transport concessions to all full-time domestic and international postgraduate students.

There are many ways you can help us to promote the campaign. At Monash, the MPA are asking you to take one or more of the following actions:
  1. Sign the petition up on the Fares Fair website
  2. Write to your local MP – find out who that is from this website
  3. Write to the Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews
At a state level, Fares Fair PTV are seeking students to volunteer to be case studies for the campaign. As a volunteer, you will be identified and may be called on for media coverage. For further information or to provide your details for a case study, please contact Lori Vullings

Best wishes,
The MPA team
Seminars & Programs
Are you a new international student in Australia?
Join us for a talk by the Victorian Police and the Melbourne Fire Brigade on the safety of international students in Australia. With the rise of scams and assault cases in Melbourne, this is a great opportunity to find out how to keep safe and remain vigilant. The talk will be followed by a Q&A session and light refreshments. 

Thursday, 9 August 2018
4:00pm to 5:00pm
HB.36, Building H, Caulfield Campus (Basement)
Register Now
Advice & Advocacy
Is life getting in the way of your studies? Do you need to drop a unit?
Census date is just around the corner and if you think you can’t manage your current workload, Friday, 31 August 2018 is your last chance to reduce your study load without any financial or academic penalty. After this date, your enrolment and fees are set, and any changes will have financial and academic ramifications.

Note: Monash University charges an administration fee for changes to your enrolment and international students are not entitled to receive a full refund.

Questions? Get in touch with one of our friendly advocates for some advice. 

Social Events
Koala conservation volunteer day
Come out for a fun and educational day as you assist the Koala Clancy Foundation to rebuild the habitat of koalas in and around the You Yangs Regional Park – all in the company of highly experienced koala researchers. This is an extraordinary day of learning and connecting with nature. All proceeds from this event will be donated to the Koala Clancy Foundation.

Sunday, 26 August 2018
8:00am to 2:00pm
$25 Monash postgrads
Book here

MAMMA MIA! The Musical
Join the MPA for an ABBA-solutely amazing afternoon singing and dancing at one of the best feel-good musicals in town – MAMMA MIA!

Wednesday, 26 September 2018
1:00pm to 3:30pm
The Princess Theatre
$50 Monash postgrads/ $70 partner or friend
Book here
University News 
Want to use your degree to change the world?
Applications are now open for the award-winning Green Steps program run by Monash Sustainable Development Institute. As part of this program, you’ll get 4.5 days of sustainability training, experience working on a consultancy project and a professional network of over 1200 alumni. Green Steps offers 25 places free-of-charge to students across all faculties and disciplines.
Intensive writing course for science communication
The library is offering research postgrads an advanced course in scientific writing that aims to teach participants practical writing skills that can be applied in writing doctoral theses, articles or grants. The course consists of ten one-hour-long sessions over ten weeks and is aimed at students who are fluent in English and wish to enhance their scientific writing skills. Students in the Monash Doctoral Program who complete this course will receive 20 Graduate Education accredited hours towards their professional development.

Please register via myDevelopment
Participants needed for the following studies:
1. Semen samples needed! Our research intention is to improve preservation techniques and reduce DNA damage. Read more
2. Do you have a parent that has been to prison? If so, we'd like to hear your thoughts on who has helped you to do well in life. Read more
3. Are you in recovery from an eating disorder? Read more
4. ‘Step Up’ is a study aiming to determine the feasibility and acceptability of treating the male partners of women with Bacterial Vaginosis (BV). The study is looking for women with BV and who have a regular male partner. Read more​​
5. Looking for fathers of children aged 2 years and above. The study is about parents' wellbeing and coping behaviours and it involves completing a 15-20 minute online survey. Read more
6. Do you want to help your adolescent (aged 12-17 years) to manage their anxiety & depression?  Read more
If you want to place an ad relevant to postgrads, please email Sandra Azavedo with the details.
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