In October 2011 the Australian Parliament passed legislation to allow universities and other higher education providers to charge a compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee.
The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) provides a significant increase in the level of funding previously available to student services and amenities at tertiary institutions. This means that we can provide welfare, advocacy and engagement services each session- like Bluestockings, R U Ok day, Parties, BBQs, First Aid Courses, Advocacy support and a large range of other services- all agreed upon by the Student Association Committee.
Here at CoastRs Student Association we are always here to help as much as we can. However, there are limits on what we can spend SSAF funds and legislation we need to comply with.
The University must follow the following principles for the allocation of funds collected from SSAF. The allocation of funds will:
A provider that charges a student services and amenities fee will only be able to spend the fee on the provision of the following services: provision of specific non-academic and non-political services.
Providers can choose to deliver the services and amenities themselves or contract a third party to deliver the services and amenities on the providers’ behalf.
Yes. Under the Student Services, Amenities, Representation and Advocacy Guidelines (Representation Guidelines), universities are required to have a formal process of consultation with democratically elected student representatives and representatives from major student organisations at the university regarding the specific uses of proceeds from any compulsory student services and amenities fee.
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