Have your say on how we spend your student services and amenities fee

July 15, 2018

By Student Life

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Each year, students contribute toward the quality of your student experience at Deakin through a Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). All Australian universities charge this fee, and it is used for a select list of services legislated by the Government.

Over the past few years Deakin has been able to invest in things such as student welfare, facilities, and social activities using the revenue from the SSAF. Think of the sporting upgrades across Deakin’s campuses, the services available when you’re having a tough time with study or life in general, the improved Student Central facilities, the student media and Deakin’s clubs and societies. These services and amenities are funded by the SSAF, creating a vibrant and varied campus culture to support and inspire you. Here’s how we spent your money in 2018.

Deakin consults with a variety of groups on the spending of the SSAF revenue, including student representative bodies such as DUSA. We also want to hear from you: what do you think are the most important services and amenities for students, and are there any areas that need extra attention? Where do you want your money spent?

The proposed uses for the SSAF revenue in 2019 are:

  • sporting programs such as competitions, clubs and facilities
  • social and cultural engagement such as orientation, cultural and social events
  • support for students studying online
  • student media
  • welfare including a breakfast program and crisis support
  • legal advisory service including migration advice
  • employment and career development programs
  • health and wellbeing such as mental health and sexual assault support
  • disability support services
  • direct advocacy service for students
  • support for students studying in the Cloud.
  • 20 per cent of the revenue will also be set aside for student-focused infrastructure, such as building upgrades, student facilities (lockers, self-catering areas, transport) and sport and recreation.

Is there something on this list that you are particularly passionate about, or have we missed something important for Deakin students? Have your say now.

Email your feedback and recommendations to dsl-dir@deakin.edu.au by 5 pm Friday 3 August.

You’ll find more information about the SSAF at Deakin on our website.

Please note: the amount of revenue anticipated for 2018 is yet to be determined. The SSAF rates and projected revenue will be made available in October.


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