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To: The Federal Liberal, Labor and Greens Parties and Independents
SUPPORT STUDENTS - SUPPORT THE SSAF
We are calling on you to support the Student Services Amenities Fee (SSAF), and to legislate that universities must provide at least 50% of the SSAF they receive to their respective student organisation.
Why is this important?
Across the country, students are increasingly facing struggles which impact on their ability to participate in and succeed at university including:
These struggles are even more pronounced for disadvantaged students including women students, lgbtiqa students, aboriginal and torres strait islander students, ethno-culturally diverse students, students with disabilities and students from regional and rural areas.
At most universities, student organisations help to address these issue through the provision of a range of student services including student counseling, financial support, and autonomous departments which provide an independent voice for students.
However, while these services are essential, they are almost entirely reliant on the funding their receive through the Student Services Amenities Fee (SSAF); which is often not sufficient or ongoing
This is largely due to the fact that loopholes in the SSAF legislation allow universities to bypass recognising the most pressing needs of students in their SSAF distribution. While the federal SSAF legislation dictates that Universities are required to consult with student organisations about the distribution of their SSAF revenue; many Universities do so in a way that is superficial, and does not ensure the adequate resourcing of essential student services.
Further more the SSAF is at risk under the current Liberal government, which has had a longstanding opposition to its existence.
In order to ensure that all students receive the support they need at university, it is essential that the SSAF is supported, and that student representatives are given more control over student affairs.