2012 - 2015 SSAF Distribution Summary

Between 2012 and 2015 $48,264,623 was distributed, please see breakdown below.


2012 expenditure (actual)


2013 expenditure (actual)


2014 expenditure (actual)


2015 expenditure (projected)


Melbourne University Sport $2,280,696.00 22% $2,357,555.00 19% $2,411,610.00 19% $2,483,958.00 19%
Children's Services $287,462.00 3% $297,149.00 2% $306,063.00 2% $315,203.00 2%
MUSUL $2,046,910.00 20% $725,949.00 6% $777,728.00 6% $831,059.00 6%
UMSU $2,436,510.00 23% $3,904,018.00 32% $4,021,140.00 32% $4,141,772.00 32%
GSA $1,725,868.00 17% $1,772,991.00 14% $1,826,180.00 15% $1,880,967.00 14%
Advocacy Services (UMSU) $131,492.00 1% $450,315.00 4% $322,521.00 3% $435,818.00 3%
Capital Works $1,000,000.00 10% $1,000,000.00 8% $1,000,000.00 8% $1,000,000.00 8%
University Student Services (Student Connect, Students @ Work, Wellbeing) $505,794.00 5% $1,500,000.00 12% $1,585,170.00 13% $1,632,725.00 13%
Support for Off-Campus Services $0.00 0% $250,000.00 2% $250,000.00 2% $250,000.00 2%
Volunteering $0.00 0% $0.00 0% $60,000.00 0% $60,000.00 0%
Total expenditure $10,414,732.00 100% $12,257,977.00 100% $12,560,412.00 100% $13,031,502.00 100%

2014 SSAF Supported Services and Amenities Reports

Student Connect

Student Connect is a service for all current students, but has a particular focus on first year students, in order to provide targeted, individual and tailored developmental support. The focus of the service is on students achieving a successful transition to University.

In 2014, each new undergraduate student received a phone call and was offered an appointment from a trained Student Peer working within Student Connect. Over the entire calendar year of 2014, Student Connect advisors met with a total of 3348 commencing students. Student surveys have revealed 96% of students using the Student Connect service felt "motivated" or "connected" after their appointment with a Student Connect advisor.

Also in 2014, Student Connect partnered with Murrup Barak and the Under 18 Supervision Program for international students. Student Connect advisors provided appointments to 43 first year indigenous students and met with 69% of the under 18 international cohort. The predominantly graduate international Australia Award students were also invited in for appointments, with 100% attendance rate.

In addition, Student Peers were given an opportunity to be trained in 2014. All students reported they found the experience invaluable. Another initiative for 2014 was a pilot with the Centre for Positive Psychology. Master of Applied Positive Psychology students at the University were trained to undertake Student Connect appointments as part of their final assessment.


The Students@work program provides on-campus professional employment opportunities to current students. In 2014, there were 464 students working in various departments and service points across the University. There were 231 undergraduate and 256 postgraduate students employed through the service. The current cohort of students@work members belong to a wide range of Faculties. Feedback from students participating in the program has been overwhelmingly positive.

By being employed at the University and through the Students@work program, students gain meaningful experience in a dynamic and professional environment.  Students also have exposure to different learning skills and the opportunity to build important networks across the University. Additionally, students have the added advantage of a convenient and accessible location. 

Students who participated in the Students@work program gain valuable work experience which contributes to strengthening their skills to find employment after graduation.

Student Wellbeing

In 2014, the Wellness@Melbourne Program delivered a number of targeted awareness and educational programs. Below are some highlights:

  • The Wellness@Melbourne Program worked with Vic Health to act as a lead partner on their No Excuse Needed alcohol cultural change project. The objective was to empower students to moderate their drinking by increasing the acceptability of moderate drinking and decreasing the acceptability of drunkenness. Awareness events for students were held at the Parkville, Southbank and Burnley campuses.
  • RU OK Day was held in November 2014, and focussed on the importance of student peer support and connectivity, and the importance of making time for yourself and others' wellbeing.
  • Supporting those students who wish to quit smoking continued to be a key focus of the Wellness@Melbourne program, with continued advice and guidance offered to students in relation to quitting smoking.
  • The Wellness@Melbourne Program was a founding partner of the inaugural Aus/NZ University Mental Health Day. A number of activities were held across the Parkville campus culminating in a flash-mob in various locations.

Children's Services

SSAF funds provide general financial support for students with young children in the form of a Student Rebate, as well as targeted additional assistance to low income student families. A total of 97 children from student families attended Queensberry and Swanston Street centres. In 2014 a higher percentage of graduate students used the service, reflecting the growth in graduate student enrolments. Additionally, a higher percentage from families where both parents are studying used the service.

As at April 2015, 45% of student places were used by parents undertaking research degrees, 51% had parents in graduate programs and 4% were undergraduate students. Furthermore, 26 student families who earned less than $42,000 per year received a 100% government rebate. There were also 40 student families in receipt of a 50% government rebate, and 14 international students who received a rebate.

In addition to the student families using Children's Services at the University, a further 37 families accessed the government rebate to help with the cost of attending other child care centres. This is almost twice the number of external rebate payees from 2013. The level of the rebate has been maintained for 2015.

Campuses other than Parkville

A proportion of SSAF funds is transferred to the below campuses for the explicit purpose of improving the student experience. The use of the funds is determined in conjunction with their student associations.

  • Southbank
  • Werribee
  • Dookie
  • Creswick
  • Burnley
  • Medicine Dentistry Health Sciences @ Shepparton and a range of metropolitan and regional clinical settings

In 2014, the SSAF also funded Mental Health First Aid workshops at St Vincent's, Western, Ballarat and Shepparton Clinical Schools and Mental Health Essentials workshops at the Shepparton Medical School.

In addition, SSAF funds are enabling some targeted improvements to be made to student services infrastructure at other campuses. Current projects include upgrading the gym and sports facilities at Kendall Hall, Werribee campus. Improvements include refurbishing part of the building and installing new gym equipment. This is expected to be completed during 2015.

Melbourne University Sport

Melbourne University Sport (MU Sport) provides management of the fitness, sports and recreation facilities, programs and activities to students. Student participant fees for sport activities and facilities have been reduced since the introduction of the SSAF fees.  In 2014, SSAF funds accounted for approximately 33% of income. Overall, student participation continues to increase with over 820,000 visits in 2014, a 24% increase from 2013.

Below are examples of some activities which the SSAF has supported:

  • The completion of the Main Oval Pavilion Ernie Cropley Pavilion
  • Buildings and grounds maintenance and improvements
  • The full time operation of two fitness centres, aquatic facility and group fitness programs providing 6,978 student members with close to 450,000 visits.
  • A further 10,000 casual student users of the facilities and programs including an extensive range of campus sporting competitions,  casual access to the fitness facilities, group fitness classes and aquatic centre and use of the tennis, squash and badminton courts.
  • The 40 competitive sporting, recreational and instructional clubs to service 4,256 student members on 250,000 occasions. Additional support for coaching, facility access and club management
  • The 500 students who represented the University at regional, national and international University sporting competitions.
  • The  400 club volunteers to lead, manage and coach over 400 competitive sporting teams on a weekly basis and to provide a diverse range of recreational trips and instructional activities.
  • Provide over 1900 bed nights at the University Ski Lodge at Mt Buller.

Capital Works

In 2014, SSAF funds contributed to the major fit-out of the foyer of the Faculty of Business and Economics building, with a new modern information centre and student lounge.  Another SSAF supported initative was the purchase of bean bags for South Lawn at the Parkville campus.

University of Melbourne Student Union (UMSU)

Please see UMSU's website for their latest distribution of SSAF funds and updates.

Graduate Student Association (GSA)

Please see GSA's website for their latest distribution of SSAF funds and updates.


MUSUL Services provides support to the University of Melbourne Student Union (UMSU) through the provision of physical and corporate infrastructure including financial and payroll services, Human Resources, Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) and IT.  MUSUL also provides finance and payroll services to the Graduate Student Association (GSA) and OHS support to Melbourne University Sport.

Principles for the Allocation of Funds

The following principles were adopted for the proposed allocation of funds collected from the SSAF. The allocation of funds will:

  1. Maintain current funding levels provided to recipients under the University's transition funding agreement;
  2. Support and strengthen the capacity of the University's independent student-run organisations;
  3. Comply with the SSAF Act;
  4. Increase service provision to students in the areas specified by the SSAF Act;
  5. Ensure a fair and reasonable distribution of funds between recipient organisations; and
  6. Provide recipient organisations with greater long-term funding certainty.

The funds cannot be used to cover the cost of collecting and administering the SSAF.

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