What can SSAF be spent on?
RMIT ensures that all SSAF funding is spent in line with the Australian Government SSAF Administration Guidelines.
What can providers spend fee revenue on?
- Institutions can only spend the fee on the provision of the services that fall under the 19 allowable items.
- Providers can choose to deliver the services and amenities themselves or contract a third party to deliver the services and amenities on the providers' behalf.
To learn more about how your SSAF shapes life at RMIT, visit the Thanks SSAF! Page.
The requirements known as the National Student Representation Protocols, of the Student Services, Amenities, Representation and Advocacy Guidelines of the Higher Education Support Act 2003, are intended to ensure that enrolled students are able to participate in the decision-making processes of the Higher Education Provider through opportunities for democratically elected student representation.
In line with the National Student Representation Protocols, RMIT's annual student consultation process:
- has been established and improved through collaboration between enrolled students and RMIT;
- provides enrolled students with the opportunity to participate in a process to democratically elect student representatives; and
- engages with democratically elected student representatives and representatives from major student organisations regarding the specific uses of proceeds from any compulsory student services and amenities fee.
The SSAF Annual Student Consultation Process, approved by RMIT University Council, plays a crucial role in RMIT’s SSAF Governance Approach, as outlined below.
Learn more about the respective SSAF Governance components below.
Student consultation process
Formal Consultation Steps
January to March: Confirm expenditure priorities at a SEAG meeting
April to June: Invite submissions for funding from RMIT departments and the RMIT University Student Union (RUSU)
July to September: Members of SEAG (Student Experience Advisory Group) will have the opportunity to review, discuss and rank all SSAF funding submissions
July to September: All SSAF Paying Students are invited to vote online and rank their top five initiatives. Students can put forward ideas to improve the student experience in the year ahead and can provide feedback on the Student Consultation Process.
July to September: The SSAF Steering Committee review the consultation data and formulate expenditure recommendations for Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education approval.
October to December: Final decisions about projects to be funded in the year ahead are published on the RMIT Students website SSAF pages and all students who voted online also receive an email update.
Additional consultation activities
In addition to the formal funding allocation consultation steps, outlined above, student input is also gathered in various ways on an ongoing basis to help shape SSAF spending decisions on key RMIT initiatives:
- strategic advisory groups and committees
- regular RUSU partnership meetings
- students as staff members – shaping initiatives
- co-design activity and student focus groups
- student ideas - online form
- annual “Have Your Say Day” – student voice summit
- survey and interview data collection
Click here to learn more about the SSAF Student Consultation Process.
The purpose of SEAG is to strengthen the impact of student voice by providing an opportunity to engage student leaders and align student voice across a diverse range of representative areas at RMIT.
The objectives of SEAG are to:
- provide ongoing input to RMIT’s annual student experience planning, including feedback on implementation and development of new initiatives;
- highlight areas of priority for Student Services Amenities Fees expenditure and Student Experience Project expenditure (Property Services);
- discuss issues of interest for the student population and escalate where appropriate to university committees or strategic advisory groups;
- facilitate dialogue and information sharing between RMIT and student leaders; and
- strengthen diversity of students’ voice by providing alignment for student voice channels across RMIT.
You can learn more by reading the terms of reference for the Student Experience Advisory Group.
The purpose of the SSAF Steering Committee is to ensure the effective execution of SSAF-related consultation, initiative delivery and process compliance in line with the Higher Education Support Act 2003 - Student Services, Amenities, Representation and Advocacy Guidelines.
The scope and objectives of SSC
The SSAF Steering Committee will foster collaboration and sharing among RMIT’s work units responsible for delivering SSAF-funded initiatives and RMIT University Student Union, with the purpose of enhancing the student experience at RMIT.
Key objectives of the Committee include:
- Overseeing student consultation and related activities in line with the requirements of the Student Services, Amenities, Representation and Advocacy Guidelines.
- Serving as a forum for the University to meet with democratically elected student representatives to consider priorities for the use of all SSAF funding.
- Providing the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education with recommendations for the distribution of competitive SSAF funds.
- Monitoring the progress and delivery of competitive SSAF funded activity.
- Providing advice feedback on reporting and communications of all SSAF funded activity to students.
Click here to learn more about the SSAF Steering Committee.