Find a club
At UON we support around 100 student run groups that you can be a part of, including sporting, academic, social, cultural, and faith based groups.
There are lots of clubs you can join on campus, but if you can’t find the club of your dreams this is a great opportunity to start a new group.
It essential you involve the Student Engagement Team from the outset – we can help you through the various steps to make your idea a reality. We will help you with your UON Registration, take you through your affiliation options and outline the support available.
Clubs and societies can choose to either register with Student Central OR affiliate with one of the Student Associations (NUSA or NUPSA). Sporting clubs must affiliate with NUsport and clubs located at Ourimbah should affiliate with Yourimbah. Groups located at Port Macquarie and Sydney should check with your Campus Life Assistant.
Make sure the club of your dreams doesn't exist at UON (there are over 100 already) and let us know you're going to try to start a club by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can help you through the process
Gauge student interest for your club – you need at least 10 members. 80% of the membership need to be current UON students and all executive positions must be filled by current UON students (with the exception of NUsport registered clubs).
Next decide if you wish to register with Student Central or affiliate with a Student Association. There may be extra resources available through Associations so you should contact them for more information.
Some information in the steps below relates specifically to registering with Student Central. If affiliating with a Student Association, your club/society will need to meet their affiliation requirements. Contact them for more details.
Draft your Constitution. This sets out all the rules for membership, liability, executive committee responsibilities and the aims and objectives of your club. Once you have these details insert them into the constitution template (available on the C&S Support page), along with any other additions relevant to your group. Please highlight your changes and send the document to email@example.com so we confirm they are clear and appropriate.
If you already have a Constitution that’s fine - send it through and we’ll make sure it's appropriate for a student club.
Plan your first Annual General Meeting (AGM), also called an IGM (Inaugural General Meeting). We can help you book a University space to hold your IGM.
Before the meeting:
Minutes must be taken during at the meeting.
Complete the online governance training course Generation Governance - it provides detail on the roles of executive positions, how to run a meeting, and planning your budget and events.
Face-to-face C&S executive training is available during each semester. For details see the ‘C&S Executive Training’ tab on the C&S Support page.
Set up your bank account. If you're located at Callaghan we recommend using one of the on-campus banks, but this is your choice. You MUST have multiple members of your Executive as signatories and one of these must be the Treasurer.
Once your application is received, we will review it and let you know the outcome. Our decision is based on the following criteria:
Plan your activities and events. Come in and meet with the Student Engagement Team and head over to our C&S Support page to find out about all the support that we can offer you and your new executives. Make sure you read through all your options to help your new club (or society) succeed!
Email us on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information – we are always happy to help!