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 SSAF expenditure for specific programs, services and infrastructure showing recipients of funds and the approved allocation. 
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 media DUSA $180k
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 ServicesDivision of Student Life$720k
Health and Specialist SupportDivision of Student Life$470k
Social and Cultural Engagement programs Division of Student Life $380k
Sexual Harm Prevention ProgramsDivision of Student Life$310k
Safer Community ServiceDivision of Student Life285k
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

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