Have your say: how should we invest the 2023 Student Services and Amenities Fee?
Each year, students contribute to the quality of their Deakin experience through a Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). All Australian universities charge this fee, which is used for a select list of services legislated by the government.
Over the past few years, we’ve used SSAF revenue to invest in student welfare, facilities and social activities. Think of the sporting upgrades across our campuses, services for when you’re having a tough time with study or life in general, improved Student Central facilities, student media, and Deakin’s clubs and societies.
These services and amenities create a vibrant, diverse and supportive Deakin community culture to support and inspire you.
Here’s how we’re spending the SSAF money in 2022.
Giving students what they need
We want the SSAF investment to reflect the way you learn.
In 2023, we’ll offer flexible study via our premium digital and physical learning environments, supported by our inclusive and accessible services. Learning experiences will be tailored to the discipline and study mode, both online and on-campus.
If you’re studying online units, you’ll have online classes, seminars and interactive learning experiences. If you’re studying on-campus units, you’ll have an integrated learning experience – online activities will be complemented by classes, seminars and hands-on learning at our vibrant campuses.
Our SSAF investment needs to encompass this broad offering, covering everything from student support services and resources to events and activities.
Tell us your priority areas for the 2023 SSAF
Deakin consults with various 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?
The proposed uses for the SSAF revenue in 2023 are:
- independent advocacy and general representation
- sporting programs, including competitions; support for sporting clubs, fitness clubs and sporting ground operations; elite athlete support
- social and cultural engagement, including support for non-sporting clubs and societies, Orientation, engagement activities (both on-campus and online) and student volunteers
- student media (by students)
- students at academic risk, including intervention and learning support programs
- student welfare, including crisis relief/support, and financial and material needs
- student employment and career development programs
- student health and wellbeing, including mental health services, health promotion, sexual harm prevention and response, family violence support and medical services
- student disability support.
Is there something on this list that you’re particularly passionate about, or have we missed something important for Deakin students? Have your say now at our SSAF consultation page – we welcome your feedback and recommendations until 5pm, Sunday 7 August.
Please note: the amount of revenue anticipated for 2023 is yet to be determined. The SSAF rates and projected revenue will be made available in October.