What is the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) Grant Program?

In 2012, the University of Melbourne introduced the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF), in compliance with Australian legislation, to support the provision of non-academic student services and amenities.  All students pay this fee annually, on a full time or part time basis.

The Vision

The University is committed to understanding and meeting the needs of a diverse student population, and ensuring that all have an experience of lasting quality and enrichment. SSAF funds enable a wide range of initiatives, determined in collaboration with students, in support of this commitment.

The Purpose

The SSAF Grant Program provides staff and students with an opportunity to directly engage with the SSAF vision by applying for a grant funded by the SSAF.  The SSAF Grant Program offers funding for student-focussed initiatives that contribute to meeting the needs of our diverse student population. Grants will be available for projects across a wide range of areas, including, but not limited to: student clubs and societies; student services; transitioning new students; supporting diverse student cohorts; and student engagement. See below for a full list of areas.

Find out our 2020 Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) Grant Program Recipients.

Next RoundApplications have now closed.  Revisit the website for the next round details (early 2021).

(Students and Scholarly Services will be managing the SSAF grants from 2020.  Please review the updated guidelines.)
Funding AvailableNEW   Up to $20,000 maximum per project.  Grants are one-off funding, no repeat funding available in subsequent rounds.
Eligibility and Guidelines

The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) Grant Program supports projects that address one or more of the areas detailed in the SSAF legislation.

Download 2020 SSAF Grants Guidelines

Specifically, SSAF Funding must be spent on one or more of the following:

  • Provide food or drink to students on a campus of the higher education provider
  • Support a sporting or other recreational activity by students
  • Support the administration of a club most of whose members are students
  • Care for children of students
  • Promoting the health or wellbeing of students
  • Provide legal services to students
  • Help students secure accommodation
  • Help students obtain employment or advice on careers
  • Help students with their financial affairs
  • Help students obtain insurance against personal accidents
  • Provide libraries and reading rooms (other than those provided for academic purposes) for students
  • Support an artistic activity by students
  • Support the production and dissemination to students of media whose content is provided by students
  • Help students develop skills for study, by means other than undertaking courses of study in which they are enrolled 
  • Advise on matters arising under the higher education provider’s rules (however described);
  • Advocate for students’ interests in matters arising under the higher education provider’s rules (however described);
  • Give students information to help them in their orientation
  • Help meet the specific needs of overseas students relating to their welfare, accommodation and employment

Summary of grant changes 2020

  • Students and Scholarly Services will be managing the SSAF grants from 2020, the total grant pool is approx. $180,000.
  • Grants are one-off funding, no repeat funding available in subsequent round. Please see guidelines for activities that are similar in nature
  • Reporting requirements have now changed:
    • Projects must commence no later than 6 months following the granting of the award, and be completed and acquitted by June 30 the following year (2021)
    • Progress Report – for applications that will be delivered across to the new year, it needs to be completed by December 7 the year you have been funded (2020)
    • Acquittal Report – all recipients will need to complete the activity and submit the acquittal report by June 30 the following year you have been granted (2021)
  • All student applicants must have a named UoM mentor, all staff applicants must have the approval of their head of faculty/department or equivalent.
Selection Criteria

In making its decision, the Selection Committee will consider:

  1. The benefit for students and degree of reach of project
  2. The extent to which the project addresses a service gap
  3. Proposed project outcomes and success indicators
  4. The extent to which the project involves collaboration across the University
  5. Alignment with key principles of SSAF, see below:
  • Alignment with University strategy and student experience goals (including the University's Growing Esteem Strategic Plan).
  • Commitment to consultation with student-related groups and engagement of students as partners in decision making.
  • Commitment to addressing equity and diversity goals. (Equity and diversity goals can also be found in the University's Growing Esteem Strategic Plan.)
  • Commitment to representation of student groups, cohorts and campuses.
Reporting Requirements

If you are successful in your grant application, the reporting requirements will typically be a two step process:

  1. Progress Report - sent to Project Leader during the course of the project (refer to guidelines).
  2. Acquittal Report - needs to be completed after the conclusion of your project (refer to guidelines).
Previous Recipients
Resources
Contact

Contact Student Engagement Team: ssaf-grants@unimelb.edu.au


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