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.
Use of the fee for 2020
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 2019 the University invited students to provide feedback on how the fee revenue should be spent in 2020. Following this consultation approved expenditure for specific programs, services and infrastructure for 2020 is listed below, with many of the services and programs to be delivered by DUSA.
|Approved expenditure||Recipient of funds||Approved allocation|
|Direct Advocacy and General Representation||DUSA||$1200k|
|Sporting Programs -including competitions, clubs and University Games||DUSA||$715k|
|Student Engagement including non-sporting clubs and societies, main orientation, events and volunteers||DUSA||$1620k|
|Student welfare - general and including Survival Centre||DUSA||$550k|
|DUSA Digital Service Delivery||DUSA||$150k|
|Student Legal Advisory and Referral Service||DUSA||$310k|
|Cloud Peer Support||Division of Student Life||$300k|
|University Sports, recreation management and development, including Waurn Ponds Elite Sports Precinct Coordinator and Elite Athlete Grants||Division of Student Life||$415k|
|Graduate Outcomes - Careers and employment services||Careers and Employment||$150k|
|Mental Health Program and Services||Division of Student Life||$720k|
|Health and Specialist Support||Division of Student Life||$470k|
|Social and Cultural Engagement programs||Division of Student Life||$380k|
|Sexual Harm Prevention Programs||Division of Student Life||$310k|
|Safer Community Service||Division of Student Life||285k|
|Digital student communication and services||Division of Student Life||$518k|
|Disability Liaison Officer||Diversity and Inclusion||$180k|
|Extended Hours Academic Support||Division of Student Life||$60k|