The Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF) is charged in accordance with the Higher Education Support Act 2003 and the Administration Guidelines made under the Act. Revenue from the fee is spent in accordance with the Act and only on services and amenities allowable under the guidelines.

SSAF is managed by the University's Students portfolio, led by the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students), who oversees the management and governance of SSAF.

Information on how SSAF is managed and administered at VU can be found in the  Student Services Amenities Governance Framework and in the 2019 SSAF program schedule.

SSAF Consultative Committee

To make sure that your SSAF is used responsibly, VU created the Student Services and Amenities Fee Consultative Committee. The committee oversees the governance, management and implementation of SSAF-funded initiatives each year.

The committee meets every two months to review the following:

The committee consists of an equal number of students and staff from areas that receive SSAF funding, and is chaired by the Director, Student Services.

See the SSAF Consultative Committee Terms of Reference for the current list of representatives.

Join the SSAF Consultative Committee

We value students as partners of VU and welcome input into our discussions, planning and decision making. The Committee meets a number of times each year and provides students with a chance to make recommendations and share their experiences. Please see the  SSAF Consultative Committee Terms of Reference and  Student Services Amenities Governance Framework for more information on the SSAF Consultative Committee.

Positions are open to all VU Polytechnic and VU students.

If you're interested in joining the committee:

  1. read the SSAF Consultative Committee Terms of Reference
  2. email ssaf@vu.edu.au with the following information:
    - your name
    - course studying
    - expected completion date
    - a brief statement (300 words maximum) of why you would be a good student representative.

Tell us how to invest

Each year we seek feedback from students about the services and support brought to you by SSAF. We gather feedback through a range of channels and in any year this may include focus groups, surveys, consultative forums, via our Student Leadership Council, online feedback, social media, meetings with student representatives and our students as staff program.
 
Student feedback has contributed to improving the student experience.  For example, past survey results indicated that students wanted better food and drink options on campus. VU took this on board by upgrading equipment in student kitchens across the Victorian campuses and refurbished the kitchen in Building M, Footscray Park. There is an increasing range of food and drink retailers on or near all campuses.
 
Student feedback also indicated a lack of awareness around the careers and employability services available to them. VU's new Learning Hubs offer workshops, drop-in sessions and advice on careers and employability, as well as general academic support. The Learning Hubs are easily accessible and are engaging in an awareness campaign to ensure students are familiar with the available services. We also provide services now digitally to students.
 
We have also recently provided a new parenting space at Queen Street campus and upgraded our parenting spaces and facilities at our Footscray Park campus. 
 
We want to know how you want to see your SSAF allocated. You are welcome to provide feedback online or in person.