How is the SSAF 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 the Student Services and Amenities Fee webpage.
Want to have a say in how the fee is used in 2016?
Deakin has established a consultation process to allow students a say in the use of SSAF for the following year.
The consultation period for the use of the 2016 fee is open from 18 August to 5 September 2015. We encourage you to have your say by sending feedback to the Executive Director of Student Life.
Use of the fee for 2015
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 2014 the University invited students to provide feedback on how the fee revenue should be spent in 2015. Following this consultation, approved expenditure for specific programs, services and infrastructure for 2015 is listed below, with many of the services and programs to be delivered by DUSA.
|Approved expenditure||Recipient of funds||Approved allocation|
$550k (+ $350k non SSAF included in the University 2015 budget)
|Sporting programs including competitions, University Games and support for sporting clubs||DUSA||$550k|
Social Engagement including non-sporting clubs and societies, main orientation, events and volunteers
|Student welfare - general and including Survival Centre||DUSA||$430k|
|DUSA digital presence||DUSA||$40k|
|Student Legal Advisory and Referral Service||DUSA||$300k|
|University Sports, recreation management and development||University||$160k|
|International student employment program||University||$160k|
|Student welfare – mental health services||University||$230k|
|Cultural engagement programs||University||$100k|
|Disability Liaison Officer||University||$80k|
Infrastructure relating to allowable uses