SSAF is charged and administered according to Commonwealth Government legislation and guidelines. A requirement of the legislation is that students are consulted in the determination of how SSAF revenues are distributed.
Under Government guidelines, SSAF funds may be spent on activities of a non-academic nature, such as:
You can find out how much the SSAF is, who needs to pay it and when in the ACU Handbook 2022.
Each year, in accordance with the legislation, we consult with students about the priorities for SSAF expenditure. This includes the annual SSAF Survey of all students and formal, in depth discussions with elected student leaders from the ACU National Student Association and the ACU Postgraduate Association. Feedback from other student groups is also welcome.
Data from key student surveys are also analysed to identify areas of need. Other inputs include student feedback through university committees, service delivery usage and demand, event attendance, and enrolment data analysis.
To help fund the development of non-academic campus facilities and amenities, the university matches dollar-for-dollar all SSAF funds budgeted for capital projects.
Students’ top three priorities have been similar over the past few years. In the 2021 survey, you told us your top priorities for SSAF spending were in areas related to:
In 2019-20, you advised the following were the most important to you:
We prepare a budget for the year ahead based on your feedback and consultation with student leaders regarding the SSAF.
SSAF is spent on new and improved student services, activities, and facilities in the following categories:
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