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.
Principles upon which SSAF funding will be allocated
- Allocations must be compliant with the relevant government legislation – the Higher Education Support Act 20013 and associated Student Services, Amenities, Representation and Advocacy Guidelines
- Allocations must demonstrate alignment with University’s Growing Esteem strategy and in particular its student experience goals
- Allocations must align with the University’s Equity and Diversity priorities through enabling opportunities to foster student diversity, address under-representation of certain groups, and support engagement.
- Allocations will ensure that the students contributing the SSAF benefit during the period of their enrolment.
- Consultation with students will be a key part of the process, and outcomes of consultation a key driver of decision making
- All University campuses will benefit from SSAF allocations
Principles upon which SSAF funding will be spent
- All recipients of SSAF funding will commit to working with each other as appropriate to strengthen relationships and drive economies of scale in organisational arrangements, in order to optimise cost effective deployment of SSAF funds.
- Expenditure must be compliant with the relevant government legislation – the Higher Education Support Act 20013 and associated Student Services, Amenities, Representation and Advocacy Guidelines
- Expenditure must demonstrably benefit students
- Having regard for the University’s Equity and Diversity priorities and the imperative to address under representation of certain groups of students, expenditure will not be provide a disproportionate benefit to other groups of students.
- All recipients of SSAF funding will report on their expenditure in a manner that is:
- Readily available to students
- Facilitates our commitment to consultation with students
- Demonstrates compliance with these principles
Performance Areas for SSAF Expenditure
In line with the principles upon which SSAF will be spent five key areas of performance regarding SSAF expenditure will measure the effectiveness of SSAF funded projects, programs and organisations. Each performance area should host at least three key performance indicators as to be determined by the individual organisations.
- Service Provision
- Participation and Engagement
- Communication and Consultation
- Responsiveness and Accountability
SSAF funding will be categorised into three main components:
- A core amount which continues each year, appropriately indexed, upon which recipients can rely for planning purposes
- A flexible amount available for new initiatives and innovation (subject to an agreed application process)
- A contingency amount held aside to enable emerging and unplanned needs to be addressed during the period of the Agreement