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Student Services Fee: Great results in 2013. Have your say for 2014.

All Australian universities charge students an annual fee to raise money for student services and facilities. Deakin will charge the fee in 2014, and eligible students will be able to defer the payment through a HELP loan scheme similar to FEE-HELP and HECS-HELP.

This fee can only be used for student services which are included in the Government’s list. No student will be forced to join any student organisation and the legislation expressly prohibits fee revenue being used to support a political party. Details of the Government’s legislation, can be found at the Australian Government Website. The site includes a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions and answers, detailing the purpose, benefits and restrictions applying to the way universities may use revenue generated from the fee.

What did we use the fee for in 2013?

Students who started with Deakin in 2013 will not be able to make comparisons however there is no no doubt the vibrancy of our campuses, range of services and activities available to students and the number of students accessing services and participating in events and activities has grown exponentially.

Specific programs, services and infrastructure we are spending the fee revenue on in 2013 are:

  • Student Advocacy service
  • Student Legal Advisory service
  • Sport and Recreation including support for sporting clubs  
  • Social programs including support for non-sporting student clubs and societies and activities
  • Student media
  • General student welfare and financial support programs
  • DUSA “JUST ASK” campaign
  • Mental health support
  • International student employment support
  • Disability support
  • Street soccer facility at Burwood Campus (Elgar Rd)
  • Facilities for bicycle riders at Waurn Ponds
  • Improved facilities for student clubs and societies at Waurn Ponds and Burwood

How much will the fee be in 2014?

A summary of the Student services and amenities fee for 2014 is detailed in the table below. The fee is compulsory and students will need to generate their invoice via StudentConnect.

The Commonwealth Government has set the maximum Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) for 2014 at $281.

Subject to final confirmation the rates to be charged at Deakin are as follows:

Type of student
Study load
2013 rates per trimester 2014 rates per trimester
Domestic on campus undergraduate and postgraduate *
Full time (3 units or more) $91 $93
Part time (1-2 units) $57 $58
Domestic off-campus students undergraduate and postgraduate* Full time and part time $44 $45

* Fees charged to International students already include a component for the provision of services and therefore international students will not be charged a separate fee.

* Higher Degree by Research students will not be charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

For more detailed information on the fee and how to defer payment, please refer to Deakin University’s Fees and Invoices.

2014 proposals

We would like to hear your opinion on the priorities the University is proposing for use of the fee revenue in 2013.  Most of these proposals represent continuation and enhancement of the services funded in 2012 to provide opportunity for the momentum developed this year to continue and grow in 2013.

University proposed priorities for use of 2014 Student Services and Amenities Fee revenue

Item 2014 proposed uses

Student Advocacy and Representation

2. Sporting programs including competitions and support for sporting clubs.

Social Engagement including
* Support for non-sporting clubs and societies
* Orientation
* Social events
* Student volunteering

4. Student media

Student Welfare – general including:
* DUSA Scholarships
* Just Ask Campaign
* Parking subsidy scheme
* Breakfast program
* Crisis relief / support

6. Student Legal Advisory and Referral Service including migration advice.
7. University Sports Strategy
8. International Student Employment Program
9. Student Welfare – Mental Health First Aid
10. Cultural Engagement programs
11. Disability Liaison Officer
12. DUSA Just Ask Campaign

Student Amenity and Student focussed infrastructure including:
* Facilities for Clubs and Societies
* DUSA service centres and administration
* Sport and Recreation facilities
* Spiritual Centre
* Student travel and transport

Thank you for taking the time to assist us in this important decision.   Please send your response to before Friday 27 September 2013.

Alternatively, you may wish to engage your independent student association (DUSA) in discussion.

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