On 11 October 2011, the Australian Parliament passed legislation allowing universities and other higher education providers to charge a fee for student services and amenities of a non-academic nature.
The legislation dictates that the fees collected may be spent by higher education providers on items such as sporting and recreational activities, employment and career advice, child care, supporting student representation and financial advice.
For a full list of SSAF allowable items visit the Department of Education and Training SSAF Guidelines.
VU has been collecting the fees since Semester 1/Term 1, 2012. This page outlines how the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) has been used to provide non-academic support services and improved facilities for all students at VU.
2016 SSAF benefits to students
|SSAF recipient||Programs, activities and services for students|
|VU Student Union||
|Sport and Health||
SSAF Student Experience Initiative Grants
Since 2013, SSAF Student Experience Initiatives funding has helped students and staff provide student amenities, services and activities that contribute to a positive student experience of a non-academic nature.
2016 SSAF Student Experience Initiative Grant projects
|Recipient||Project title||Project description||Project status|
|College of Arts and Education (Youth Work)||Youth Pop-Up Truck Service||Funds to support the next phase of the pop-up service to provide services to vulnerable or disadvantaged students, provide them peer-to-peer support, mentoring and so on.||Partially complete – due to be completed in Semester 1, 2017|
|College of Health and Biomedicine – Midwifery||Poster Presentation Day||Provide food and drinks for the students in a research presentation event.||Complete|
|Kindred Studios||The Victoria University Music Awards (VUMAS)||Develop and host an entertaining and engaging event that celebrates and recognises student achievement and talent.||Complete|
|VU Student Paramedic Association||Subsidising AUSLAN Course for Student Health Professionals||Provide AUSLAN course to students so they can communicate with Australia's deaf population.||Complete|
|Centre for Student Success – Student Transition Mentors||Women's Room Mural Competition and Working Bee||Mural competition for the women's room located in Footscray Park followed by a mural working bee to execute the chosen design.||Complete|
|Individual student recipient||Terra Nullius||Financial assistance required to create a short documentary film, Terra Nullius, aimed at the lives of individuals who continue to fight for Aboriginal independence and recognition.||Complete|
The University takes a formula approach to the allocation of SSAF funds and grants each year, which embodies flexible funding arrangements to ensure some fixed funds as well as the ability to access short-term funds to pilot initiatives and/or meet a short-term need. This approach accommodates both need and demand at the same time, allowing for greater flexibility in the delivery of SSAF-funded student services and activities.
This model is centrally governed, managed and administered by Student Services on behalf of the University. It includes:
- base allocation funding for all services currently approved for SSAF; the amount related to activity/service based costings (the allocation and funding value reviewed annually via Funding Applications and in line with University budget forecasts and business planning)
- an allocation for initiatives grants
- capital allowance for the improvement of student amenities by Student Services
- funding to support student organisations; and
- contingency for unexpected growth in usage and/or emerging needs allocation for services not currently funded by SSAF.
The review of applications for funding and grants each year takes into consideration feedback from students provided through data collection, engagement and consultation as well as feedback from the University community, to ascertain the needs and demands for allocation priorities each year.
Feedback & questions
Your input on how you want to see your SSAF allocated is vital to this process. To provide feedback, please speak to the Victoria University Student Union( VUSU) or complete the online SSAF feedback form.
Search the ASKVU knowledge base to find answers or ask a question.