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 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

$550k (+ $350k non SSAF included in the University 2015 budget)

Sporting programs including competitions, University Games and support for sporting clubs DUSA $550k
Sports Ambassadors DUSA $80k

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

DUSA $1,250k
Orientation +4 DUSA $350k
Multicultural Deakin DUSA $150k
Student media DUSA $180k
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



TOTAL   $6,147k
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