Funding Application and Guidelines

From January 2012, Australian higher education providers began charging students a compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) to support services and amenities of a non-academic nature. The SSAF is designed to improve non-academic services and amenities for students.  It was introduced through the Higher Education Legislation Amendment (Student Services and Amenities) Act 2011, which was passed by the Australian Parliament in October 2011.  The Act outlines 19 categories on which the SSAF can be spent and universities are obliged to comply with the Student Services, Amenities, Representation and Advocacy Guidelines which set benchmarks for student access to services such as health and welfare information, advocacy and orientation programs.

Under the Student Services, Amenities, Representation and Advocacy Guidelines funding can be spent on:

  1. providing food or drink to students on a campus of the higher education provider;
  2. supporting a sporting or other recreational activity by students;
  3. supporting the administration of a club most of whose members are students;
  4. caring for children of students;
  5. providing legal services to students;
  6. promoting the health or welfare of students;
  7. helping students secure accommodation;
  8. helping students obtain employment or advice on careers;
  9. helping students with their financial affairs;
  10. helping students obtain insurance against personal accidents;
  11. supporting debating by students;
  12. providing libraries and reading rooms (other than those provided for academic purposes) for students;
  13. supporting an artistic activity by students;
  14. supporting the production and dissemination to students of media whose content is provided by students;
  15. helping students develop skills for study, by means other than undertaking courses of study in which they are enrolled;
  16. advising on matters arising under the higher education provider’s rules (however described);
  17. advocating students’ interests in matters arising under the higher education provider’s rules (however described);
  18. giving students information to help them in their orientation; and
  19. helping meet the specific needs of overseas students relating to their welfare, accommodation and employment

The funding must not be spent on supporting a political party or the election of a person as a member of a political party at any level of government.

SSAF funds are allocated on an annual basis, by negotiation, to those areas responsible for providing a range of non-academic services to students.  More detailed information on funding allocations is available on the SSAF website.

UniSA staff members can apply for project funding, in collaboration with undergraduate or postgraduate students.  The proposal may be initiated by a staff member or a student and, if successful, funding will be paid into a UniSA cost centre nominated by the staff member and managed in line with the University's finance policies and guidelines.  

Students who wish to partner with USASA must be current executives of affiliated clubs and/or societies and the club must be compliant with all USASA affiliation criteria and processes.  All applications from clubs require the authorisation of at least two members of the club executive.

Students wishing to apply for funding must do so in partnership with a UniSA staff member or through USASA (if affilitated with a USASA club).  The generic criteria for applications include:

  • The project supports services and amenities of a non-academic nature.
  • The project contributes towards providing an outstanding student experience.
  • The project reflects shared responsibility and collaboration between students and staff.
  • The proposed initiatives/activities align with the Student Services, Amenities, Representation and Advocacy Guidelines.

The process is slightly different depending on whether you are partnering with a UniSA staff member or USASA and includes unique criteria for each.  Please refer to the relevant application and guidelines for more detailed information. 

  • Applications must be made on the relevant application form.
  • Applications close at 12.00 PM on Friday, 9 November 2018.
  • Applications are to be submitted by e-mail to
  • A panel will be established by the PVC: Student Engagement and Equity to assess all applications for funding. 
  • Applicants will receive an email acknowledging receipt of their submission.
  • Applicants will be notified in writing of the outcome of their application by 23 November 2018
  • If an application is successful, funds will be paid directly to a UniSA cost centre or USASA.
  • All funds to be managed in accordance with UniSA or USASA Finance Policies and Guidelines
  • No payments can be made directly to individual students or clubs. 
  • Funds may only be used for the purposes as set out in the application.
  • The project must be completed and all funds expended by 31 December 2019
  • All unused funds will be returned to the University in line with end of year processing timelines. 
  • Successful applicants are required to provide a brief report on the outcomes of the engagement activity at its completion, including financial acquittal (a template will be sent out to all successful applicants in November 2019).
  • The financial acquittal is due by close of business 2 January 2020 and should be e-mailed to the office of the PVC: Student Engagement and Equity at
  • The assessment panel may include additional conditions on the funding where it is considered warranted.