Swinburne Student Life provides free services and support to students, including legal adviceindependent advocacy services and a volunteering program. It also offers a broad range of student clubs, and regularly hosts student events and activities.  

Swinburne Student Life is a fully owned but independently run subsidiary of Swinburne University of Technology. Learn about its principles, governance and funding.

The subsidiary is governed by a board made up of four elected student representatives and four Swinburne staff nominated by the Vice-Chancellor. 

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In mid-2017, Swinburne Student Amenities Association was renamed Swinburne Student Life. Swinburne Student Amenities Association Limited (ACN 117 060 232) was constituted on 19 June 2006. 

Swinburne Student Amenities Association Constitution

Swinburne Student Amenities Association Constitution

A company limited by guarantee Incorporated in Victoria As approved by Swinburne Council on 19 June 2006

Swinburne Student Life is governed by a board made up of four elected student representatives and four Swinburne staff nominated by the Vice-Chancellor. Elections are held each year in September to October and the term of office is two years from 1 January to 31 December. 

The Swinburne Student Life Board has the following members: 

  • Chair: Professor Laura-Anne Bull, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education, Experience and Employability)

  • Student Directors:
    • Undergraduate student: Ms Tess Robb
    • Postgraduate student: Mr Saad Mahsood
    • Vocational education student: vacant 
    • International student: Ms Marina Fernando
  • University Directors: 
    • Professor Laura-Anne Bull, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education, Experience and Employability)
    • Ms Carolyn Bendall, Chief Marketing Officer
    • Mr Michael O’Shea, Chief Financial Officer
    • Ms Caryn Phillips, Director Business Services and Quality, VET
    • Professor Simon Ridings, Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer

  • Company Secretary:

Our mission is to strengthen all students’ sense of belonging by enabling students to build diverse communities and meaningful connections. We are guided by the following principles to achieve our mission:

  • Student-centred – we will place the student and their wellbeing at the heart of what we do.
  • Inclusive - we ensure that our services and activities are inclusive of all students, regardless of background, gender, culture/ethnicity, religion, ability, age, geographical locations, gender expression or sexual diversity.
  • Blended delivery – we are committed to providing student experiences across physical campus and online environments.
  • Evidence-based - we are pro-active in collecting and analysing data to inform design, evaluation and continuous improvement of programs and initiatives.

Swinburne Student Life receives operating funds from student contributions.

Learn more about how the Student Services and Amenities Fee is calculated

After annual student consultation, the SSAF is distributed to student support services, Swinburne Student Life and the Swinburne Student Union.

Swinburne Student Life accounts are audited each financial year and submitted to Council.

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Need to talk to us?

Contact Swinburne Student Life by calling +61 3 9214 5445 or emailing studentlife@swinburne.edu.au.

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