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
  • financial advice.

VU has been collecting these fees since 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.

Watch out for the SSAF logo. Anything with this logo was funded by SSAF. That means you were a part of making it happen.

What was the SSAF used for in 2018?

For 2018, VU Finance estimated SSAF revenue at $4.375 million. This was allocated to the projects and support services for students as outlined below:

  • VUSU and student associations: $0.38m
  • Student Life, clubs, grants and minor amenity works: $1.7m
  • VU Sport and Health services: $0.285m
  • Student Wellbeing and Support Services: $1.75m
  • Contingency funding $0.24m.

Previous years' SSAF allocation

In 2017, funds from SSAF went toward projects and benefits such as:

  • supporting university teams in various competitions endorsed by the Australian University of Sport
  • producing the Student Diary
  • providing professional counselling services
  • refurbishing the parenting room at Footscray Park campus. 

Read the  2017 Summary of SSAF Priorities, Grants and Benefits to Students.

In 2016, funds from SSAF went toward projects and benefits that included:

  • refurbishing the stadium courts on the Footscray Park campus
  • a full calendar of student life events (including orientation activities for Semester 1 and 2)
  • the Student Leadership program
  • advocacy services
  • producing the student magazine Hyde.

Read the  2016 Summary of SSAF Priorities, Grants and Benefits to Students.

Funding allocations

The University takes a formula approach to the allocation of SSAF funds and grants each year, which embodies flexible funding arrangements. This approach provides fixed funds as well as short-term funds to pilot initiatives and/or meet a short-term need. It accommodates both need and demand, 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
  • contingency for unexpected growth in usage and/or emerging needs allocation for services not currently funded by SSAF.

Applications for funding and grants each year are considered alongside feedback from students to ascertain allocation priorities. Feedback is provided through:

  • data collection
  • engagement and consultation
  • feedback from the University community.
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Funds contribute to our non-academic support services.

Feedback & questions

Your input on how you want to see your SSAF allocated is vital to this process. You can provide feedback via one of these methods:

Search the ASKVU knowledge base to find answers or ask a question.

Each year we survey students about the services and support brought to you by SSAF. In 2017 we distributed the survey to 24,093 students and received 1,044 (4.3%) responses.