Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) Grant Program

What is the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) Grant Program?

In 2012, the University of Melbourne introduced the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF), in compliance with Australian Government's Higher Education Legislation, to support and provide a wide range of services and amenities for students and to support student-focussed initiatives.

All students pay this compulsory fee annually. The amount you pay depends on your study load (full time or part-time).

The Vision

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.

The Purpose

The SSAF Grant Program provides staff and students with an opportunity to directly engage with the SSAF vision by applying for a grant funded by the SSAF. The SSAF Grant Program offers funding for student-focussed initiatives that contribute to meeting the needs of our diverse student population.

Grants will be available for projects across a wide range of areas, including, but not limited to:

  • student clubs and societies;
  • student services;
  • transitioning new students;
  • supporting students' creative pursuits;
  • supporting diverse student cohorts;
  • and student engagement.

The next grant round will open Semester 1, 2023.

Next Round The next grant round will open Semester 1, 2023.
Funding Available

Up to $20,000 maximum may be awarded per project.

SSAF Grants are one-off funding, with no repeat funding available in subsequent rounds.

Eligibility and Guidelines

The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) Grant Program supports projects that address one or more of the areas detailed in the Australian Government's Higher Education Legislation.

Specifically, SSAF Grant funding must be spent on one or more of the following:

  • Provide food or drink to students on a campus of the higher education provider;
  • Support a sporting or other recreational activity by students;
  • Support the administration of a club most of whose members are students;
  • Care for children of students;
  • Promoting the health or wellbeing of students;
  • Provide legal services to students;
  • Help students secure accommodation;
  • Help students obtain employment or advice on careers;
  • Help students with their financial affairs;
  • Help students obtain insurance against personal accidents;
  • Provide libraries and reading rooms (other than those provided for academic purposes) for students;
  • Support an artistic activity by students;
  • Support the production and dissemination to students of media whose content is provided by students;
  • Help students develop skills for study, by means other than undertaking courses of study in which they are enrolled;
  • Advise on matters arising under the higher education provider’s rules (however described);
  • Advocate for students’ interests in matters arising under the higher education provider’s rules (however described);
  • Give students information to help them in their orientation;
  • Help meet the specific needs of overseas students relating to their welfare, accommodation and employment.

Download 2021 SSAF Grants Program Guidelines (PDF 276.1 KB)

Selection Criteria

In making its decision, the Selection Committee will consider:

  1. The benefit for students and degree of reach of project
  2. The extent to which the project addresses a service gap
  3. Proposed project outcomes and success indicators
  4. The extent to which the project involves collaboration across the University
  5. Alignment with key principles of SSAF, see below:
  • Alignment with University strategy and student experience goals (including the Advancing Melbourne 2030 Plan).
  • Commitment to consultation with student-related groups and engagement of students as partners in decision making.
  • Commitment to addressing equity and diversity goals. Equity and diversity goals can be found in the Advancing Melbourne 2030 Plan.
  • Commitment to the representation of student groups, cohorts and campuses.
Key Dates and Timeline

To be advised for Semester 1, 2023.

Reporting Requirements

If you are successful in your SSAF Grant Program application, the reporting requirements will typically be a two-step process and includes a:

  • Progress Report: sent to Project Leader during the course of the project (refer to Guidelines).
  • Acquittal Report: needs to be completed after the conclusion of your project (refer to Guidelines).
  • Variation Request Form: only required if there are major variations to the successfully funded project/activity (refer to Guidelines).
Previous Recipients
2021 SSAF Grant Program Recipients (PDF 231.6 KB)

For any further clarification, assistance and/or advice on the current SSAF Grant rounds, please contact the Student Engagement Team:

For any queries relating to projects funded prior to 2020, please contact Chancellery (Academic)