How the Student Services and Amenities Fee is used

All Australian universities can charge students an annual fee to raise money for student services and facilities.

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.

For the current amounts payable, visit Student Services and Amenities Fee.

Want to have a say in how the fee is used in 2018?

Deakin has established a Consultation process for student services and amenities fee to allow students a say in the use of SSAF for the following year.

The consultation period for the use of the 2018 fee is open from Wednesday 16 August to 5pm Monday 4 September 2017.

We encourage you to have your say by sending feedback to the Executive Director of Student Life.

Use of the fee for 2017

The University has found that 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 since this fee was introduced.

In late 2016 the University invited students to provide feedback on how the fee revenue should be spent in 2017.  Following this consultation, approved expenditure for specific programs, services and infrastructure for 2017 is listed below, with many of the services and programs to be delivered by DUSA.

Approved SSAF expenditure for specific programs, services and infrastructure showing recipients of funds and the approved allocation.
Approved expenditure Recipient of funds Approved allocation
Advocacy DUSA


Sporting Programs - including competitions, clubs and University Games (including 100% subsidy for Uni Games and 50% subsidy for Southern Uni Games)

DUSA $635k
Leadership Sports Ambassadors DUSA $80k

Social Engagement including non-sporting clubs and societies, main orientation, events and volunteers

DUSA $1,200k
Orientation +4 DUSA $220k
Multicultural Deakin DUSA $100k
Student media DUSA $180k
Student welfare - general and including Survival Centre DUSA $500k
DUSA Digital Service Delivery DUSA $150k
Student Legal Advisory and Referral Service DUSA $310k
Cloud Student Support InitiativesDivision of Student Life $667k
University Sports, recreation management and development, including Waurn Ponds Elite Sports Precinct Coordinator and Elite Athlete Grants Division of Student Life $320k
International student employment program Careers and Employment $150k
Social and Cultural Engagement programsDivision of Student Life$205k
Respect. Now. Always. Domestic and Family Violence. Campus Harmony ProgramsDivision of Student Life$150k
eWellbeing ClinicDivision of Student Life$110k
Student health, wellbeing and welfare – medical and mental health services Division of Student Life $465k
Cultural engagement programs Division of Student Life  $100k
Disability Liaison Officer Equity and Diversity $120k
Extended Hours Academic SupportDivision of Student Life$60k

Infrastructure relating to allowable uses



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