UQU wants you to have the best campus culture experience (online or in person) by providing you services and activities that is focused on you. The annual SSAF Survey is a survey co-designed with the university to obtain comment and feedback from across all student cohorts, campuses, and study modes.
We want to hear your feedback about what services, activities, and initiatives we should prioritise to activate your university experience.
Your feedback in the SSAF Survey will inform our decision making on service delivery and provision of amenities for students in 2022 and beyond.
(Students taking the survey while waiting in line at Kampus Kitchen)
What is SSAF?
SSAF is short for the Student Services and Amenities Fee.
On 11th October 2011, the Australian Parliament passed legislation allowing universities and other higher education providers to charge a fee for student services and amenities of a non-academic nature.
In addition to course fees, UQ also charges students the SSAF. This is a compulsory fee that the Australian Government requires universities to collect from students, to help provide student services, support, and amenities for students.
Undergraduate, postgraduate, domestic, international and UQ College students all have to pay the fee (some students are exempt).
The funds received from the SSAF is divided up by The University of Queensland and allocated to services as defined in the Higher Education Legislation Amendment which includes but is not limited to:
- Clubs, societies and campus events
- Student advocacy
- Legal and financial advice
- Infrastructure for non-academic activities
Who receives the funds?
The SSAF can only be spent on 19 legislated allowable services. These services are currently provided by:
- University of Queensland Union
- The Association of Postgraduate Students, UQU
- Student Affairs
- The Graduate School
- UQ Sport.
Education institutions like the University of Queensland have democratically elected student representative organisations that advocates for students’ interests and provide support and representation for students.
Universities are required to have a formal process of consultation with your elected student representatives here at UQU.
These student organisations such as UQU receive SSAF funds from the University under the terms of a SSAF Agreement. This Agreement reflects the requirements for all SSAF expenditure and mandates annual reports on where your SSAF is spent.
How is UQU spending SSAF now?
Student Advocacy and Support (SAS)
Kampus Kitchen and Morning Marmalade
Over 220 Clubs and Societies
UQ Interfaculty Competitions Inc. (UQIC)
Association and Collectives
What can I do?
Watch out for an email from the university with your invitation and complete the survey. It will only take around 5 minutes to complete and will remain open for 2 weeks, until 15 May 2022.
Heaps of gift cards/vouchers will be available to win to students who complete the survey within the timeframe.