Submit an Initiative Proposal

You can submit an Initiative Proposal for a fully costed Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) project. Your project will have clear milestones and outcomes. You'll need to get a SRC review to submit your proposal.

This is a SSAF funded initiative

Before you start

Before you complete your Initiative Proposal, you’ll need to:

  • Plan out if the project is needed and new

    To start with, look at the 2019 SSAF Report [PDF] 2.5MB for spending priorities by students in the SSAF survey. You can also read the full 2019 SSAF Student Survey Report [PDF].

  • Ensure your idea fits one or more of these 19 areas

    In the Higher Education Legislation Amendment (Student Services and Amenities) Act 2011, the Australian Government identified the 19 areas in which SSAF can be spent:

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

    Have a look at the appendix on the template for proposal tips, student survey results, reporting responsibilities and processes for managing SSAF funds.

    You can email if you have any questions about completing your proposal.

Steps to submit an Initiative Proposal

Step 1

Prepare your proposal

Download the SSAF Submission Template

You'll need to identify a SSAF Project Manager. They will be responsible for managing the project and reporting on project outcomes (such as the budget). They will be supported by a Charles Sturt staff member.

Step 2

Talk to a staff member

You can get advice on drafting your proposal, budgets and milestones from a Student Liaison Officer by emailing

They can even help with how to approach getting endorsement or answer your questions about the process to submit your proposal.

Step 3


Submissions are now open for 2020!

Submit your completed Initiative Proposal to by 9am, 28th September 2020.

The SSAF team will then collate all proposals submitted on-time and seek SRC review in a bulk lot before submissions are forwarded to the SSAF Steering Committee for consideration.

All proposals will be notified by December 2020 in time for the projects to begin in 2021.

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