SSAF funding priorities

SSAF funding is allocated in two pots; centrally held SSAF funds which support ongoing student services and amenities and funds for new or enhanced services managed by the Office of the Vice President, People and Advancement. The Office of Student and University Planning provide coordination support.

The funding allocated towards new or enhanced services is split into five categories (or funding priorities).

These priorities have been created from student input received directly, via your elected student representatives and from the results of surveys like the Student Satisfaction Survey. The priorities are in line with the legislated allowable uses of SSAF funds listed below and have been endorsed in principle by your elected student representatives and the University Board of Trustees.

The current funding priorities are:

  1. The Student Representative Council (SRC)
  2. Long term strategic projects – including upgrading recreational facilities and developing multipurpose learning and social spaces on all campuses
  3. Services and amenities including continued support of:
    • Occasional child care on all campuses
    • The Student Legal Service (since 2013)
    • The Online Careers project (introduced in 2013)
    • Safe access to study spaces (introduced in 2013)
  4. Projects that are aligned to the SSAF Evaluation Metrics :
    • Student Reach - Number of Students participating in the program.
    • Student Engagement - The average number of interactions per student. An interaction is defined a standard term per event that is relevant to that particular program.
    • Student involvement in program delivery - Number of students involved in the planning and/or delivery of the program. e.g. student facilitators and mentors.
    • COVID-19 Response - Support student hardship or services that are directly responding to the impact of the pandemic.
  5. University Clubs and Societies

Allowable uses of SSAF Funds

The fee income will be spent according to the legislation and the Student Services, Amenities, Representation and Advocacy Guidelines.

Legislation states the following allowable uses of the fee:

  • providing food or drink to students on a campus of the higher education provider
  • supporting a sporting or other recreational activity by students
  • supporting the administration of a club most of whose members are students
  • caring for children of students
  • providing legal services to students
  • promoting the health or welfare of students
  • helping students secure accommodation
  • helping students obtain employment or advice on careers
  • helping students with their financial affairs
  • helping students obtain insurance against personal accidents
  • supporting debating by students
  • providing libraries and reading rooms (other than those provided for academic purposes) for students
  • supporting an artistic activity by students
  • supporting the production and dissemination to students of media whose content is provided by students
  • helping students develop skills for study, by means other than undertaking programs of study in which they are enrolled
  • advising on matters arising under the higher education provider's rules (however described)
  • advocating students' interests in matters arising under the higher education provider's rules (however described)
  • giving students information to help them in their orientation
  • helping meet the specific needs of overseas students relating to their welfare, accommodation and employment.