2022 SSAF Allocation Process

Swinburne University of Technology collects student amenities fees from domestic higher education students. In 2022, the total revenue from these fees is expected to be in the order of A$6,750,000, which is anticipated to be a two per cent increase on 2021.

Under the “Student Services, Amenities, Representation and Advocacy Guidelines” which are a condition of the grant from 2013, universities are required to have a formal process of consultation with democratically elected student representatives and representatives from major student organisations regarding the specific uses of the fee.

This consultation must include: 

  • Publishing identified priorities for proposed fee expenditure and allowing opportunities to comment on those priorities by students as well as student associations and organisations; and
  • Meeting with democratically elected student representatives and representatives from major student organisations at the university to consider priorities for use of the fee. 
     

The following steps were taken to allow opportunities for student groups to comment on the priorities for 2022:

  • Feedback was sought from Swinburne Student Life, Swinburne Student Union and the Swinburne Representative Council on this paper by 3 December 2021, supported by a workshop.
  • Proposed priorities were published on this web page for feedback by the broader student population. Students were invited to contact the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education, Experience & Employability) via eee@swin.edu.au; the Student Representative Council via swinsrc@swinburne.edu.au; or the Swinburne Student Union via president@ssu.org.au with their feedback by 3 December 2021.

Priorities for expenditure for 2022

The table below outlines how SSAF is to be allocated in 2022, addressing some of the issues raised by our students and student representative bodies:

  • Student health and wellbeing remains a key area of need for Swinburne, more so in a COVID-normal and post-COVID future.
  • Further to the excellent advances over recent years, including an acceleration due to COVID-19, we will continue to explore ways of making all student services available to our online student community. 
  • Additional Student Study Spaces remain an area of need as identified by students during a recent Student Roundtable. Students also outlined the need for additional recreation spaces and for spaced to be improved to provide increased disability support.
  • Careers and Employment services remains a key priority as identified by students during a recent Student Roundtable.
  • The positive and constructive work of Swinburne Student Life is recognised and it is proposed that the funding levels for this group remain similar to 2021.
  • The positive and constructive work of the Swinburne Student Union is recognised and it is proposed that the funding levels for this group increase in 2022.
  • The positive and constructive work of the Swinburne Representative Council is also acknowledged.

Proposed allocation for 2022

The proposed allocation for 2022 is as follows: 

  2021 SSAF Actual Allocation (A$) 2022 SSAF Proposed Allocation (A$)
Swinburne University (on campus and online)1 $4,417,357 $4,029,500

Services include (but not limited to):

  • Counselling and Health
  • Student Housing
  • Student Finance
  • Disability Support
  • Careers
Swinburne Student Life $2,069,143 $2,000,000

Services include (but not limited to):

  • Advocacy Service
  • Legal Service
  • Sport and Recreation
  • Clubs and Societies
  • Student Leadership Program (including SRC)
  • Volunteer Program
  • Orientation
  • Social and Cultural Activities
  • Student Leadership Program (including SRC)
  • Multi Faith Facility and Chaplaincy Service
Swinburne Student Union $620,500 $720,500

Services include (but not limited to):

  • Welfare and Equity Services
  • Student Events
  • Student Media
  • Student Representation and Leadership
Total $7,107,000 $6,750,000

¹The split of SSAF funding for Swinburne on-campus and online student support remains at 55 per cent for on-campus services and 45 per cent for online services. Following the move to online service provision due to COVID-19, almost all Swinburne student support services are offered both on campus and online. 

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