To: The Federal Liberal, Labor and Greens Parties and Independents

SUPPORT STUDENTS - SUPPORT THE SSAF

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:

-financial difficulties
-health problems
and
-familial responsibilities.

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.


Reasons for signing

  • How dare this government talk about an "ideas boom" and a national "science/innovation" agenda when they are trying at every turn to destroy the future of higher education in australia. the only interest they have is securing another term in government. no wonder australia is a joke around the world.
  • University encourages personal growth at a critical time in young people's lives, both within and outside the classroom. Student services provided by unions mean students can have safe, fulfilling and educational experiences beyond their degree. Public funding for student unions makes better students, better workers, better artists and better citizens.
  • I never would be doing this well at uni without SSAF services

Updates

2016-02-26 14:18:29 +1100

500 signatures reached

2015-11-25 13:00:41 +1100

100 signatures reached

2015-11-25 12:17:05 +1100

50 signatures reached

2015-11-25 12:03:16 +1100

25 signatures reached

2015-11-25 11:52:02 +1100

10 signatures reached