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Student Services and Amenities Fee

The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) is a compulsory fee charged by universities and other higher education providers to fund and improve services and amenities of a non-academic nature. Find out more about SSAF.

CQUniversity introduced a compulsory SSAF from Term 1, 2012, and has sought feedback from students each year regarding their preferences for funding allocation. In keeping with this consultation process, students are also welcome to speak with their Student Representative Council (SRC) member should they wish to provide feedback.

The consultation period for 2019 initiatives closes Monday, 15 October 2018. See the Student Consultation section below for more information.

All Student Services and Amenities Fee funds are used to enhance or extend student services and facilities in accordance with funding guidelines. Each year, all students and democratically elected student representatives will be invited to provide input about the types of services and facilities that will be funded through the SSAF. Feedback collected through the annual consultation process will inform decisions about how SSAF funds are allocated in the following year.

The SSAF Steering Group headed by the Senior, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, International and Services and comprising of Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Finance and Planning; Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Student Services and Governance; and the Chair of the Student Representative Council (SRC) is responsible for determining the annual allocations of Student Services and Amenities Fee, with consideration given to existing commitments, new initiatives and projected revenue. The Student Representative Council (SRC) are the democratically elected student representative body of CQUniversity and is responsible for managing the consultation process with students and their representatives. After the student consultation period, the final approvals are then endorsed by the University’s Executive Management Committee.

Consultation process activities

August

Student survey feedback forwarded to Student Representative Council, and members of the Vice-Chancellor’s Advisory Committee for recommendations made for following year expenditure.

October

Student Representative Council and students invited to review current initiatives and proposed new SSAF priorities for the following year. The consultation period for 2019 initiatives closes Monday, 15 October 2018.

November

Approvals endorsed by University Executive Management Committee.

January

Approved proposals receiving funding for the current year are posted to the website.

Ongoing

Students and student groups are also welcome to provide views on the current year SSAF expenditure and submit proposals, at any time via email to the Senior, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, International and Services Division a.dawson@cqu.edu.au. Feedback received through this avenue will be considered as part of the consultation for the following year’s SSAF allocation.

August 2018 Student Survey

According to our survey data, top priorities from the 2018 student survey are:

  1. Libraries, reading rooms and group work-spaces
  2. Study skill development
  3. Employment services and advice on careers
  4. Financial advice and assistance
  5. Health and welfare services
  6. Advice on policies, procedures and rules
  7. Orientation to student life
  8. Advocacy in matters arising from policies, procedures and rules
  9. Food and drink on campus
  10. Support for artistic and cultural activities
  11. Sporting and recreational activities.

Summary of Student Services Amenities Fee Approvals 2018

  • Advising on matters arising under the higher education provider’s rules/ advocating student interests ie financial/legal advice and assistance - SRC | $912,000
  • Supporting a sporting or other recreational activity by students:
    • Sporting events and contributions to sporting bodies | $480,500
    • Maintenance of Lifestyle Centres / Gyms and Common Rooms | $224,000
  • Helping students obtain employment/skills or advice on careers | $681,000
  • Helping meet the specific needs of overseas students relating to their wellbeing, career, accommodation, orientation and employment | $440,900
  • Promoting the health or wellbeing of students | $510,430
  • Helping students develop skills for study, by means other than undertaking courses of study in which they are enrolled | $353,000
  • Supporting students – eg. debating/clubs and societies | $47,000
  • Giving students information to help them in their orientation and enrolment | $742,000
  • Supporting artistic activity by students | $2,000
    Providing libraries and reading rooms (other than those provided for academic purposes) for students (ext. hrs pilot) | $417,866
  • Supporting the production and dissemination to students of media whose content is provided by students | $100,000

Total: $4,910,696