SSAF

The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) contributes towards the funding for student services, support and facilities of a non-academic nature and of benefit to students. At Charles Sturt SSAF funding has supported the improvement of the technology students engage with (for example the student portal), the on campus facilities, a range of student services, and key student experience projects that are put forward by staff and students.

SSAF enhances student life

We aim to develop SSAF projects and initiatives that benefit as many students as possible. We’re committed to seeing SSAF funds used to enhance students’ experience at Charles Sturt University.

Charles Sturt has spent SSAF funds on careers and academic advice services, developing study skills, counselling and welfare services, redesigning our Student Portal, return postage to online students for library books, financial support, sports and much more.

SSAF decisions

A SSAF Steering Committee decides how to spend SSAF funds. The committee includes student representatives and executive staff from Faculties and Divisions. It reviews proposals and spending in line with government legislation, student need and preferences, and University strategy.

Information for students

Find out more about what SSAF means for you, and what it has been spent on in the past to help students.

Submit an Initiative Proposal

Students and Staff have the opportunity to submit their ideas in this round for 2022 SSAF funding.

The Student and Staff Round for 2021 SSAF funding opens on Monday 16 August 2021 and closes at 5pm Friday 17 September.

Late submissions will not be accepted.

Proposers will hear the outcome of their submission by the end of December 2021.

SSAF Submission Template

Help with your Proposal

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

You can email ssaf@csu.edu.au if you have any questions about completing your proposal.

Useful links

Infrastructure proposals

You can submit infrastructure proposals or ideas in the SSAF Annual Submission Round. You don’t need to resubmit proposals for projects currently under review with the Division of Facilities Management. Email ssaf@csu.edu.au if you’d like more information about infrastructure projects under consideration.

Budget and reporting responsibilities

Your responsibilities if your proposal is successful in receiving SSAF funds are:

  • to secure unit / division / faculty funding for any amount not covered by the approved SSAF funds allocated to the project
  • to spend approved SSAF funding by the year end; and
  • to meet the critical reporting points for budget and project monitoring due in July 2022 and March 2023. You’ll receive an email in advance requesting a FAST financial report and project update prior to the reports being due.

Processes for managing SSAF funds

Projects funded with SSAF will have expenditure budgets only loaded against:

  • FUND code A318 which identifies SSAF as the source of the funds. You’ll need to use A318 for all costs associated with a SSAF-funded project.
  • ORGN code is for the unit managing the program and as agreed by the Division of Student Success.
  • PROGRAM. The Division of Student Success will request and provide a specific program code (you can’t use an existing general program code). Use the program code for all expenditure associated with the SSAF funded project.

Email dpc@csu.edu.au to charge regular staffing costs to the FUND, ORGN and PROG codes. Requests should include staff details and timelines in the role. If a staff member remains employed by the University after SSAF funding has ceased, their account codes will need to be rectified with Division of People and Culture.

Important: SSAF expenditure budgets will be loaded onto specific SSAF projects. There are no carry forwards funds available from previous years as SSAF runs on a year-by-year basis.