How the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) is used

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

This fee is called a Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) and it 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 Government legislation expressly prohibits fee revenue being used to support a political party.  The site includes a comprehensive list of FAQs, detailing the purpose, benefits and restrictions applying to the way universities can use revenue generated from the fee.

Use of the fee for 2022

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 2021 the University invited students to provide feedback on how the fee revenue should be spent in 2022.  Following this consultation approved expenditure for specific programs, services and infrastructure for 2022 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 expenditureRecipient of fundsApproved
Direct advocacy and general representationDUSA$1300k
Sporting programs -including competitions, clubs and university games DUSA$350k
Student engagement including non-sporting clubs and societies, main orientation, events and volunteersDUSA$1000k
Student mediaDUSA$230k
Student welfare - general and including Survival CentreDUSA$750k
DUSA digital service deliveryDUSA$180k
Student legal advisory and referral serviceDUSA$420k
Cloud peer supportStudent Services$325k
University sports, recreation management and development, including Waurn Ponds Elite Sports Precinct Coordinator and elite athlete grantsStudent Services$440k
Graduate outcomes - careers and employment servicesCareers and Employment$370k
Mental health program and servicesStudent Services$880k
Health and specialist supportStudent Services$600k
Social and cultural engagement programsStudent Services$270k
Sexual harm prevention programsStudent Services$380k
Safer Community serviceStudent Services$290k
Digital student communication and servicesStudent Services $220k
Disability Liaison OfficerStudent Services$280k
Extended hours academic supportStudent Services$100k
Flexible provision of orientation and social and cultural programs, activities and events based on campus availability.Student Services/DUSA$640k
TOTAL $9025k

SSAF Annual reports

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